Ford has unveiled the all-new Kuga, with the third generation mid-size SUV getting a complete design makeover as well as new electrified hybrid powertrains.
Externally, the latest Kuga is 44 mm wider and 89 mm longer than the outgoing model, while the wheelbase has increased by 20 mm.
Inside, that translates to 43 mm more shoulder room and 5 mm more hip room in the front seats than the outgoing model, while rear passengers benefit from 20 mm more shoulder room and 36 mm more hip room. Despite an overall height that is 20 mm lower than the outgoing model, the refreshed model also has 13 mm more headroom for front seat occupants and 35 mm more in the rear.
The new Kuga is also the first SUV to be based on Ford’s new global C2 architecture, which is claimed to deliver 10 per cent more torsional stiffness and up to 90 kg weight reduction versus the outgoing Kuga.
Following Ford’s announcement earlier this year that every Ford nameplate from the all-new Focus onwards will include an electrified option, the latest Kuga will further become the first Ford car to be offered with plug-in hybrid, mild-hybrid and full-hybrid powertrain options.
“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,” reckons Stuart Rowley, president of Ford Europe.
“Kuga customers expressed that they were ready for even more emotional design, and our all-new Kuga is a sculpture skilfully articulated. Visually sleeker, lower and wider – it makes you feel excited just by looking at it,” adds Amko Leenarts, director of design at Ford Europe.
Since the nameplate’s introduction in 2008, Ford says it has sold more than 1 million Kugas in Europe. It also remains the brand’s best-selling SUV in Europe and the No. 3 best-selling Ford vehicle in the region after the Fiesta and Focus hatchbacks.
Ford sold 153,800 Kugas in 2018, which is said to have contributed to a Ford SUV sales increase of more than more than 19 per cent last year.
The all-new Kuga is expected to go on sale in the UK in the first half of 2020.