New Ford Kuga SUV Unveiled - Will It Come To India?

2020 Ford Kuga studio

A second hybrid version, which offers no plug-in range, will follow next year with Carbon dioxide emissions from 130g/km and either two or four-wheel drive - rivalling the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 hybrids. The flagship is the Kuga Plug-In Hybrid.

Ford is looking to have an EPA-estimated all-electric range of at least 30 miles in its plug-in variant.

The focus for the new model is Europe, as during its tenure it was the best selling SUV in the region, and the third best selling Ford model to boot. While using a 240-volt Level 2 charge, charge times decrease to 3.5 hours.

In terms of design, the Ford Kuga comes with a fresh front fascia comprising of a wide trapezoidal honeycomb grille, sweptback twin projector headlamps with LED DRLs, wrap-around tail lights and twin exhaust pipes. The claim of the lower end borrowing from the Ford GT seems like a stretch to me, but the auto is indeed more sporty.

Ford has taken the covers off the new Kuga. The EcoBoost unit will also feature an industry-first cylinder deactivation system for a three-cylinder engine which can disengage or re-engage one cylinder in 14 milliseconds.

"From Fiesta to Transit, every new vehicle that we introduce will feature an electrified version that best suits the needs and pockets of our customers across Europe". "It's quick, it's responsive and, in staying true to the standard set by three generations of Escapes before it, it's a heck of a lot of fun to drive".

Ford EcoBoost Hybrid technology will optimise Puma fuel-efficiency and contribute to the performance up to 155PS. Ford spokesman Dan Jones said the Escape Hybrid's powertrains are based on the architecture used in the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid sedan. There's even an Evasive Steering Assist function to help guide drivers out of trouble if it presents itself. What's more, the driver can use the vehicle via one of the few available modes - Auto EV, EV Now, EV Later or EV Charge. Ford Co-Pilot360 is the umbrella under which these features fall, with a new Lane-Keeping System with Blind Spot Assist making its debut. The American brand has released a teaser of the new Puma SUV ahead of its scheduled official reveal during the summer of 2019.

Overall, I think this is very nice entry into Ford's lineup. The posh Vignale will come with various chrome highlights, 18-inch wheels as standard (19- and 20-inch alloys also available) and premium velour floor mats. Plus, the additional hybrid options are a great thing too.

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