Third-generation Kuga will be a vital part of Ford's revised European product plan
2 April 2019

Ford is preparing to pull the wraps off its third-generation Kuga later today ahead of the family SUV's launch towards the end of this year.

UPDATE: The all-new Ford Kuga has been officially revealed. Read the full story now

Teased in a video posted to Ford's Facebook page (below) ahead of the official event on 2 April, the new Kuga will adopt styling influenced by the recently launched Focus and is set to feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain option.

It will make its debut alongside mild hybrid versions of the Fiesta and Focus, which were confirmed by Ford ahead of its Go Further presentation, which will be live streamed from 15:15 BST.

While it's not officially confirmed, sources suggest that a new Fiesta-based crossover will also be unveiled alongside the Kuga next week. Both models, along with the EcosportEdge and Explorer SUVs, will play a crucial part in Ford's wide-reaching European restructure formally announced in January.

A more targeted focus on more profitable SUVs, the main growth sector in Europe, is listed as a priority. Ford sold 151,000 Kugas in 2017 across Europe and slightly fewer in 2018 – both years more than double the volume shifted in 2013, when the second-generation car was launched.

Our Verdict

Ford Kuga

The second-generation Ford Kuga sports an American facelift, new trims and added equipment, doesn't detract it from still being one of the more athletic SUVs on sale

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Previous spyshots already revealed the new Kuga will have a curvier shape and wider stance. Inside, we can see the familiar dashtop-mounted touchscreen infotainment system from the brand's latest models, too. Expect similarities in terms of equipment and increased passenger space, along with additional driver assistance technology.

The engine range should largely mimic that of the Focus, too, albeit with only the highest powered variant of Ford's entry-level 1.0-litre Ecoboost unit carried over. A 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5 and 2.0-litre diesels are likely to feature, too. As part of the brand's plan to introduce electrification in some form across all models, more than one hybrid variant is expected. A plug-in hybrid is all but officially confirmed, while a conventional petrol-electric system is also likely to be offered in certain markets. 

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11 January 2019

No Hybrid at the 2020 Launch then! Whatever happen to FORD's plan to have 13 EV/Hybrids by 2020.

This is from a previous Autocar article dated Nov 2015at the FOCUS EV launch "....will see it add 13 new electric vehicles to its range by 2020 as well as providing electrified versions of 40% of its models."

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

FMS

12 January 2019
xxxx wrote:

No Hybrid at the 2020 Launch then! Whatever happen to FORD's plan to have 13 EV/Hybrids by 2020.

This is from a previous Autocar article dated Nov 2015at the FOCUS EV launch "....will see it add 13 new electric vehicles to its range by 2020 as well as providing electrified versions of 40% of its models."

 

Nope, not worth my bother...although...you hold Autocar to a piece of journalistic fortune telling from...over THREE years ago...ONCE AGAIN, YOU F A I L to do homework, take into account the varying, constantly changing economic conditions, that automakers must examine and react to on an almost weekly basis...and you want to hold them to a three year old FORECAST?. What a TwIT...go lounge on your decrepit sofa, pore over the job vacancy posts and wonder what a mess you have made of...everything. TwIT, the w is silent, as you SHOULD be.

FM8

13 January 2019
FMS wrote:

xxxx wrote:

No Hybrid at the 2020 Launch then! Whatever happen to FORD's plan to have 13 EV/Hybrids by 2020.

This is from a previous Autocar article dated Nov 2015at the FOCUS EV launch "....will see it add 13 new electric vehicles to its range by 2020 as well as providing electrified versions of 40% of its models."

 

Nope, not worth my bother...

But you replied anyway. You still driving your mum's Micra? Sad little shit.

FMS

14 January 2019
FM8 wrote:
FMS wrote:

xxxx wrote:

No Hybrid at the 2020 Launch then! Whatever happen to FORD's plan to have 13 EV/Hybrids by 2020.

This is from a previous Autocar article dated Nov 2015at the FOCUS EV launch "....will see it add 13 new electric vehicles to its range by 2020 as well as providing electrified versions of 40% of its models."

 

Nope, not worth my bother...

But you replied anyway. You still driving your mum's Micra? Sad little shit.

 

We sold her car (not a Micra, though what might be so terrible about that car?), when she passed away in Sept 2014, so I guess you will have a suitably snappy ripost, to which I look forward to reading with eager anticipation.

FM8

15 January 2019
FMS wrote:

FM8 wrote:
FMS wrote:

xxxx wrote:

No Hybrid at the 2020 Launch then! Whatever happen to FORD's plan to have 13 EV/Hybrids by 2020.

This is from a previous Autocar article dated Nov 2015at the FOCUS EV launch "....will see it add 13 new electric vehicles to its range by 2020 as well as providing electrified versions of 40% of its models."

 

Nope, not worth my bother...

But you replied anyway. You still driving your mum's Micra? Sad little shit.

 

We sold her car (not a Micra, though what might be so terrible about that car?), when she passed away in Sept 2014, so I guess you will have a suitably snappy ripost, to which I look forward to reading with eager anticipation.

Poor ickle FMS, bringing some sympathy into it now. You're just getting what you're asking for with your posts on this site that are aimed at the individual rather than the subject.

11 January 2019

whoops

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

FM8

11 January 2019
xxxx wrote:

whoops

He's gonna get ya for that one!

FMS

12 January 2019
FM8 wrote:
xxxx wrote:

whoops

He's gonna get ya for that one!

 

"He"?

FM8

13 January 2019
FMS wrote:

FM8 wrote:
xxxx wrote:

whoops

He's gonna get ya for that one!

 

"He"?

She, he, it, twat, nob jockey...

FMS

14 January 2019
FM8 wrote:
FMS wrote:

FM8 wrote:
xxxx wrote:

whoops

He's gonna get ya for that one!

 

"He"?

She, he, it, twat, nob jockey...

 

We waited for you to elevate the level of conversation, given your obvious unhappy interventions, into a situation that as with many, you have no business...and we waited in vain.

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