New 2019 Ford Kuga: pictures, engines, and hybrid power

The new for 2019 Ford Kuga has been revealed, sporting plenty of hybrid options

Murray Scullion
Apr 3, 2019

Ford has revealed an all-new Kuga SUV that will go on sale by the end of the year.

Headline news is that it will be available with mild, regular, and plug-in hybrid powertrains - making it the first Ford to do so. Non-hybrid petrol and diesel engines will be on offer too, as will front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive variants.

The Kuga is a bold step into the future for Ford. Ford is in the midst of electrifying 16 of its vehicles - with eight of these expected on the road this year. It will share the same mechanicals as the latest Ford Focus, and will be Ford’s first SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) to sit on this platform. Ford reckons the new Kuga is up to (depending on spec) 90kg lighter than the outgoing model, which should make it more economical and better to drive. This new car will have more interior space than the outgoing model too, mostly because the new car will be longer.

The new Kuga is a big step into the future for Ford, and a really important car for the company. Officially, the Kuga was the ninth best-selling car in the UK for 2018, and it was Ford’s best-selling SUV in Europe too, selling 153,800 units last year in Europe alone.

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Highlights include

  • New and sleek design
  • New interior
  • Smartphone app including features like remote start 
  • Latest driver assistance technology
  • Available with mild, regular, and plug-in hybrid technology 

Key facts

2019 Ford Kuga reveal date 12 April 2019
2019 Ford Kuga price from £24,000 (estimated)
2019 Ford Kuga on sale date End of 2019 (estimated)
2019 Ford Kuga deliveries Early 2020 (estimated)

2019 Ford Kuga interior

People who have sat inside the latest Ford Focus will recognise a great deal of this interior. Not that that’s a bad thing.

An 8.3-inch entertainment screen controls nearly everything, and it has Ford’s Sync3 system installed, which means it has Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, live mapping data, plus an app that gives you the option of controlling some features, like locking/unlocking the car via your phone.

Seat upholstery and some features will depend upon what trim line is selected. Automatic gearbox buyers will be treated to a new circular gear selector, like the one in old Jaguars.

 

2019 Ford Kuga technology

The biggest technological leap the Kuga will be making is in its clever use of hybrid powertrains.

In plug-in hybrid versions, the battery can be charged externally, as well as via a kinetic energy recovery system that captures energy usually lost during braking. Drivers can choose when and how to deploy battery power using EV Auto, EV Now, EV Later and EV Charge modes.

Sync3 is the beating heart of the car’s entertainment system. It uses an 8-inch central touchscreen that can be operated using pinch and swipe gestures. It also allows drivers to control audio, navigation and climate functions, as well as connected smartphones using voice commands. Plus it comes with wireless phone charging.

Speaking of phones; the Kuga also comes with FordPass app. This allows users to locate their car, lock its door, and remote start it.

Active noise control employs three microphones to monitor engine noise in the interior. The system then directs opposing sound waves through the audio system to cancel out unwanted engine and transmission noises.

Notable safety features include: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition and Lane-Centring, plus a head-up display.

Ford’s latest autonomous parking system, called Active Park Assist 2, is also present. It can get you into a parking spot, as well as out of one.

 

2019 Ford Kuga design

Despite being Ford’s best-selling SUV in Europe, the firm has decided to twist rather than stick, and take the design in a new direction.

There’s no escaping it’s modelled heavily on the Focus, especially from the front where it shares similar sleek lights.

The side profile is almost Porsche Macan-esque. And while the Kuga will be longer than the outgoing model, there’s a feeling that it’s supposed to look a lot less like an off-roader, and much more like a sporting-crossover - because it will also be lower and wider than the previous model.

In ST-Line trim especially, it appeals to people who want an SUV not because of its off-roading ability, but because of its space, stature, and elevated driving position.

The poshest of the range will be the Vignale. These models do without sporting bodykits, but add chrome-look alloy wheels.

2019 Ford Kuga model range

While the current Kuga is offered in six trim levels, the new one, initially at least, will only offer three.

The cheapest will be Titanium - although it won’t be bereft of features. These models are set to get body-coloured mirrors, LED daytime running lights and standard 17-inch, or optional 19-inch alloy wheels.

ST Line is the middle ground, aimed at being the sportiest looking. They get body coloured bumpers and side skirts, a large rear spoiler, and twin exhausts. They come with 18-inch or optional 19-inch alloy wheels.

The Vignale is the most expensive, and most premium-feeling. These models are treated to a unique chrome mesh grille, and standard 18-inch, and optional 19-inch or 20-inch chrome-look alloy wheels. Inside there are Windsor leather seats with a Vignale hexagon design, a leather wrapped heated steering wheel and velour floor mats. Heated rear-seats can be found on both ST-Line and Vignale model cars.

A Ford spokesperson has told us that there is a possibility of a base-spec Zetec model, mooted for 2020.

 

2019 Ford Kuga engines

Available in petrol and diesel engines, with mild, regular, and plug-in hybrid options, the Kuga will be one of the most adaptable SUVs on the market.

The plug-in hybrid Kuga uses a 2.5-litre petrol engine, electric motor, and a generator, to deliver a max power of 222bhp. It should also be capable of driving around 31 miles using just electricity.

The regular hybrid uses the same 2.5-litre petrol engine, but doesn’t have the ability to be plugged in. It does have the ability to drive on electric power alone, although not for very far.

The Kuga EcoBlue Hybrid teams Ford’s 150PS 2.0-litre diesel engine with a mild-hybrid system. This system uses a generator that replaces a standard alternator, which enables recovery and storage of energy during vehicle decelerations. This essentially enables the Kuga to use its start-stop system to operate in more situations - lowering CO2 emissions.

Non-hybrid powertrains are also on offer. There are 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre diesels, badged EcoBlue. The 2.0-litre comes in two different power outputs of 148bhp and 178bhp. While there’s also a 1.5-litre petrol engine, badged EcoBoost, in two different power outputs - 118bhp and 148bhp. This set-up will soon be found in the Transit Custom Hybrid too.

2019 Ford Kuga review

No one outside of the company has driven the Kuga yet. But initial signs look good.

Mechanically, it’s based on the current Ford Focus. This family hatchback is good to drive and feels solidly put together.

Ford has long been criticised for its lack of hybrid involvement. Toyota, Hyundai, BMW, Mercedes, and Audi are among the car makers to have numerous hybrid models, where Ford only has one at the moment in the UK - the Mondeo. The Kuga then, looks to be a step in the right direction.

In terms of practicality, the Kuga is longer than the outgoing model, and Ford says it has more interior space than the current car.

           

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