Ford is throwing itself into electrifying all of its European cars by the end of 2021. We’ve previously written about the mild-hybrid versions of the Ford Focus, Fiesta and Kuga – and hot on their heels comes a full hybrid version of the Kuga SUV.
The full – or self-charging – hybrid version is set to arrive later this year, as part of the powertrain line-up for the third-generation Kuga. Ford’s mid-size SUV is the brand’s best-selling SUV in Europe, with more than a million models sold since 2008.
The stylish and distinctive Kuga comes with a sleek new exterior design with premium proportions that deliver improved roominess and comfort. Stuart Rowley, President of Ford of Europe, commented on the latest model:
“The all-new Kuga is our best example yet of Ford’s human-centric design approach; developed in close collaboration with SUV customers to deliver distinctive style, unprecedented powertrain choice, premium comfort and advanced technologies that make life easier for owners inside and outside of the car.”
As well as petrol and diesel variants, the All-New Kuga now includes a full-hybrid version. This self-charging hybrid powertrain is an option with the Titanium, ST‑Line and Vignale trims, boasting unprecedented Ford SUV fuel-efficiency.
The Kuga Hybrid uses a self-charging full-hybrid powertrain that enables pure-electric driving capability and combines a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine, electric motor, generator, lithium-ion battery, and automatic transmission. The self-charging system recaptures energy usually lost while decelerating. But the larger battery can store more power to further improve fuel economy and even drive short distances on electric power alone.
The Kuga Hybrid will be available with front-wheel drive and Ford Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, delivering from an anticipated 130 g/km CO2 and 5.6 l/100 km.
If you’re thinking of dipping your toe in hybrid technology, don’t forget there’s also a mild-hybrid version of the Kuga. The Kuga’s EcoBlue Hybrid uses a mild hybrid system that includes an electric motor with a self-charging 48-volt battery. Regenerative braking recaptures energy usually wasted when you apply the brakes. The hybrid SUV uses that energy to assist the 2.0-litre diesel engine, reducing emissions and improving fuel economy.
Would you like to be one of the first to get behind the wheel of the full-hybrid Ford Kuga when it arrives at Johnsons Ford in Sutton Coldfield? Get in touch with a member of our helpful and friendly team today to register your interest.