Ford revealed recently the all-new, third-generation 2020 Ford Kuga. The brand’s best-selling SUV, available in the US as the Escape, is a new from the ground up based on the new platform plus longer and wider than in the previous generation.
The model also comes with a more car-like appearance and with the redesigned and more spacious interior. The equipment list includes the latest in-car technologies and the safety equipment is in line with modern standards.
The all-new Kuga offers also a broad range of powertrain options. There will be five options to choose from including petrol and diesel units. The new platform allows also the electrification and the redesigned Kuga offers hybrid powertrains on the table as well.
2020 Ford Kuga: Platform, Styling
The Ford Kuga underwent a deep modernization for the new generation version. Ford started the transformation of the fast-selling Kuga with the use of the new C2 platform which is the base of the Ford Focus. The new platform was developed with the efficiency in mind and as Ford claims cuts the process of designing a new model up to 20 percent. The modern design also allows the electrification of the range and Ford fits the new Kuga with hybrid powertrains. There are more gains from this and despite being larger the new Kuga is about 200 pounds lighter than the previous generation. The redesigned Kuga is 89 mm longer and 44 mm wider while riding on 20 mm longer wheelbase.
The styling of the new model is also impacted by the new proportions and as Ford’s designer sad it allowed more defined wheel arches. The overall styling of the model is also smoother and more aerodynamic in contrast to the angular and masculine style of the previous generation.
Ford says all Kuga models will come with alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, body-color mirrors, front skid plate and rear diffuser. The ST-Line models will get gloss-black treatment of the grille and rear diffuser combined with unique 18-inch alloy wheels. Adding to this model look will also be twin exhaust outlets and a roof-mounted spoiler. The range-topping version will define its look with a satin chrome finish applied on the grille, bumpers and roof rails.
The interior of the Kuga is familiar for those who peeked inside the new Focus. The dash comes with a floating center display and dynamic contours.
The entry-level version will have analog dials but for more money buyers will be able to switch to the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The new Kuga will use an 8-inch center display equipped with the SYNC3 infotainment system and standard Apple Car Play and Android Auto support. Ford also introduced FordPass Connect which provides Wi-Fi connection for up to 10 devices.
The new Kuga is also backed up with the modern safety tech. The compact SUV will use a brand’s Co-Pilot360 package of the safety systems. The list will include adaptive cruise control with stop and go, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, park assist, lane control, automatic high beams, etc.
2020 Ford Kuga: Powertrains
The all-new 2020 Ford Kuga will provide multiple powertrain options including petrol and diesel units as well as hybrid propulsion.
The petrol range will include a 1.5-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine in two states of tune. The option will be between 120 and 150 hp. The diesel-powered versions will be available in form of 1.5-liter EcoBlue unit producing 120 hp and 2.0-liter EcoBlue making 190 hp. The transmission options will include a six-speed manual unit and 8-speed automatic gearbox.
The electrified powertrain range will include the mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid systems. The EcoBlue Hybrid unit combines a 150 hp 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel engine and belt-driven starter/generation which saves the power in a 48V battery while braking but can’t provide the all-electric ride.
The plug-in hybrid Kuga uses a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle petrol engine in the mix with the electric motor/generator and 14.4kWh battery pack. The total output is 225 hp and electric-alone driving range is 50 kilometers.
2020 Ford Kuga: Release, Price
The third-generation Ford Kuga will be under close inspection of buyers until goes on sale in December. Ford hasn’t commented on the price of the redesigned Kuga but despite deep modernization the starting price should be in the vicinity of the cost of the current version.