FORD’S NEW KUGA TO BE OFFERED AS FULL HYBRID
Posted on 29th May 2019 at 15:19
Ford’s new Kuga SUV will be available in mild, plug-in and hybrid variants when it arrives in December. It will be the first of the brand’s models to be available with the trio of hybrid powertrains, alongside diesel and petrol engines.
The plug-in hybrid will offer a pure electric driving range of more than 31 miles, anticipated combined fuel economy of 235mpg and CO2 emissions of 29g/km. The Kuga is the first SUV to be based on Ford’s new global C2 architecture, which helps reduces weight by up to 90kg compared to equivalent outgoing models.
The new model will be available in three trim levels: Titanium, ST-Line and Vignale.
The Kuga EcoBlue adds mild-hybrid technology to Ford’s 150PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine. This includes a belt driven integrated starter/generator (BISG) that replaces the standard alternator, enabling recovery and storage of energy during vehicle decelerations, and charging a 48 volt lithium ion air cooled battery pack. The 48 volt system enables the Kuga’s stop start technology to operate in more situations, contributing to anticipated CO2 emissions from 132g/km and anticipated 56mpg fuel economy.
The Kuga Hybrid combines a 2.5 litre petrol engine, electric motor, generator, lithium ion battery and power-split automatic transmission. It will be available later in 2020 with front wheel drive and all-wheel drive variants, delivering from an anticipated 130g/km of CO2 and 50mpg.
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