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First stop towards 100% electric
Ford has decided to go for hybrid models for a simple reason. The general public interested in this segment does not finish deciding to make the leap to total electrification, so a model with hybrid options and at a good price is possibly the best solution.
We are dealing with the first plug-in hybrid made in UK for the whole of Europe, presenting a much more sporty line than the previous Kuga, with a larger and more aggressive grille, as well as aesthetic details of chassis color present in the wheel arches, spoiler and diffusers. The rear area is also different, maintaining high optics to avoid breakage caused by blows, or the presence of a double rear diffuser as standard, with a flatter back that gives it a more compact appearance.
Bigger inside, and outside
The interior is focused on carrying 5 passengers without giving up the sporty aspect, something that has been achieved thanks to greater dimensions. The total length is 4,614 meters long, while the space of the rear seats allows you to enjoy a maximum depth of 1.03 meters of gap for the comfort of our knees.
These rear seats can be moved in favor of the boot, which can reach 603 liters of capacity, thus making it the largest boot in its category.
The finishes will be divided into the Titanium, ST-Line and ST-Line X versions, and as we will see, the most basic version will arrive quite complete as standard.
Lots of technology as standard
The technological point puts it a great 8 inch screen With SYNC3, Ford’s infotainment gesture that offers all kinds of solutions such as navigation, hands-free and even connection with third-party applications such as Spotify. Taking this multimedia profile into account, the entire range includes a standard wireless charger, and you can also use Android Auto and Apple Car Play in case you are looking for other multimedia solutions.
All models arrive with Ford Pass Connect Modem (paid service, although the first 3 months are included for free or 3GB of data consumption), to have connectivity at all times. It is the connectivity option that gives the vehicle communication with the outside through the internet, being able to do things like these:
- Check the condition of the battery of hybrid models.
- Program remote recharges on the plug-in model.
- Make emergency calls in the event of an accident and automatically report the location.
- Create a WiFi access point so that other passengers have internet on their devices.
- Opening and closing the car remotely.
- Preheat or refrigerate the passenger compartment before reaching the vehicle.
- Receive traffic information in real time
In recent years, dashboards have been evolving enormously, and that’s where digital displays have come as well. The Kuga will also include digital instrumentation, although it will vary depending on the model:
- Titanium versions: Traditional speedometer and rev counter with a 4.2-inch center display.
- PHEV models: Traditional speedometer and rev counter with a 6.5-inch center display.
- ST-Line and higher versions: 12.3-inch general screen (digital cluster).
These are the extras included depending on the version:
- 17 “alloy wheels.
- Electronic interior mirror.
- Keyless Entry & Start.
- Lumbar adjustment.
- LED daytime running light.
- Wireless charger.
- 5 stars NCAP.
- Rain sensor
- Air conditioner.
- Height adjustment.
- Parkint D / T sensor.
- SYNC3 with 8-inch screen.
- 18-inch alloy wheels.
- Exterior sports kit.
- 12.3-inch digital panel.
- Bang & Olufsen 10-speaker audio system.
- Partial leather seats.
- Automatic short / long beams.
- Privacy crystals.
- Rear armrest.
- Fatigue monitor.
- Black roof bars.
Electrification is here
Although it continues to cost (especially because of the prices), users are gradually starting to bet on electrical solutions when selecting a vehicle. With the Kuga, Ford proposes 3 proposals that mix gasoline and diesel options, and two other electric ones that differ in whether or not to offer a connection with a plug (Plug-in Hybrid and Mild Hybrid).
The first electric option is a model based on a diesel engine that with a power of 50 hp and 6 speeds offers a 48-volt battery that automatically recharges while you drive. On the other hand, the Plug-in Hybrid model is the most complete and the most interesting, since it combines a gasoline engine with a battery to offer a combined power of 225 CV (165 and 130 horsepower respectively).
In addition, we can select between several modes of electric driving to take full advantage of the battery capacity and adjust the performance of the vehicle according to our needs:
- Automatic EV: The electric motor predominates but asks for help from the thermal motor when needed.
- EV Now: 100% electric until we consume the battery, at which time the electric motor comes into action.
- EV Later: You save the battery capacity for when you need it.
- EV on load: This mode allows the battery to be charged automatically while driving the motor thanks to the regenerative recharging and the motor brake.
When recharging the vehicle, we can do it with the help of the thermal motor, taking advantage of, for example, the engine brake, but in the case of the Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV), we can plug it in when we have parked the vehicle. In that case, we will only need a household plug to start the process, consuming a total of 5 hours to fully recharge the battery. We can also acquire the Wallbox, which better charging time up to 3 hours.
The PHEV model has a 14.4 kWh battery, 225 combined horsepower, 56 kilometers of approved autonomy (although it easily reaches 60 km), 32 g / km of emissions and a combined consumption of 1.4 liters in normal use.
There will be a completely hybrid model, but this will not arrive until after the middle of the year, so for now there are not many details about it.
In addition to technology, other important elements in today’s vehicles include safety, both active and passive. All of the security features included in the Kuga have allowed it to achieve a 5-star NCAP score, and some of the highlights include:
- Lane keeping: Comes standard on all versions. The vehicle uses its sensors and a camera attached to the rear-view mirror to take readings from the road and monitor if we get out of the lane. If we do not activate the position lights (flashing), the flyer will relax vibrations to get our attention and will correct the direction in case we do not respond.
- Cruise control with smart speed limiter: Standard on all versions. Adjusts the maximum speed that is allowed on the road we are driving on. In the case of stomping out of necessity, we can overcome the speed without problems.
- My Key II: Key customization to determine user privileges. We can for example limit the speed or the maximum volume of the radio.
- Pre-collision assistant and active braking: Also standard. Detects pedestrians, cyclists and obstacles to progressively brake.
- Post-impact braking. Accidents are more serious in hits after the initial crash, so a sensor detects the first impact and acts on the brakes to monitor the vehicle for second accidents.
- Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go: No need to press the pedal. The vehicle detects vehicles to brake and accelerate automatically (as long as it is a model with automatic transmission).
- CoPilot 360: The vehicle reads road lines, reads traffic signs, and drives autonomously. You have to keep your hands on the wheel by law, but it’s kind of like an autonomous driving mode.
- Park Assist 2: Automatic parking in battery and online, with the novelty that the vehicles with automatic changes will accelerate and brake automatically, so we will not have to do absolutely nothing. Currently the system is capable of parking in a space equivalent to the length of the vehicle plus 92 centimeters of margin.
How much does the new Ford Kuga cost?
The prices for the most basic versions of each motorization are as follows:
- 1.5 EcoBoost 120 CV Titanium: 29,000 euros
- 2.0 EcoBlue MHEV 150 VC Titanium: 32,100 euros
- 2.0 EcoBlue AWD 190 CV Auto Titanium: 37,550 euros
- 2.5 Duratec PHEV 225 CV Auto Titanium: 37,800 euros
It is important to mention that Ford currently offers a campaign that applies a discount of 3,240 euros in all Titanium, being 3,550 euros in the case of PHEV. In addition, there are other types of financing campaigns that offer discounts of up to 1,200 euros.