20.11.2020Ford launches Kuga Hybrid aimed at diesel car owners
The Ford Kuga is now available as a hybrid. The full lineup includes the Kuga Plug-In Hybrid, Kuga EcoBlue Hybrid (mild-hybrid) and new Kuga Hybrid (full-hybrid) variants, alongside Ford’s 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel, 1.5‑litre EcoBlue diesel and 1.5‑litre EcoBoost petrol engines.
The Kuga is Ford’s best-selling SUV in Europe and the third best-selling Ford vehicle in the region after the Fiesta and Focus but the plug-in hybrid model was troubled with battery issues this year.
Ford’s issues with the plug-in hybrid meant that thousands had to be recalled over worries about the battery overheating. This caused Ford to have to pool with competitors to meet CO2 emissions targets. Volvo and Polestar agreed to sell CO2 credits to Ford, according to the pooling system implemented by the European Commission.
This means that plug-in hybrid sales were stopped but are due to resume in 2021 with the launch of this new lineup. First deliveries of the new models will begin in spring next year.
The new hybrid is being targeted at diesel vehicle owners who want the ability to do a lot of miles. The new Kuga Hybrid will do 600 miles but lacks the ability to do significant electric miles like its plug-in stablemate.
The all-new Kuga offers more comfort and tech features including a FordPass Connect embedded modem, wireless charging pad technologies, and Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system. There’s also a premium B&O Sound System available, too.