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2020 Ford Kuga: electrified third generation

The third generation of the Ford Kuga arrives with a more mature appearance, larger dimensions and a wide mechanical range that includes ‘mild hybrid’ engines, self-charging hybrid, plug-in hybrid, Diesel and gasoline. Its starting price in Spain is 29,000 euros.

The 2020 Ford Kuga It marks the arrival of the third generation of the C-segment SUV of the oval brand, which has been in force since 2007. In 2013 the second was released, which has lasted six years. Again, the SUV of American origin enters a market segment in which it finds rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai, the Peugeot 3008 or the Opel Grandland X.

The Ford Kuga It is the third best-selling model of the brand in Europe, just behind the Fiesta and Focus. In 2019, 161,400 units left the dealerships of the oval firm located on this continent, 5% more than in the previous year.

2020 FORD KUGA: EXTERIOR

The new 2020 Ford Kuga It looks very different from its predecessor, and is vaguely reminiscent of the new Focus. Perhaps this is because it uses the same platform, Ford’s global C2 architecture, which offers greater torsional stiffness and weight reduction of 80 kilos compared to the previous Kuga. That does not prevent it from being longer and wider than this, as well as lower. Its length is 4.61 meters, its width is 2.18 – mirrors included – and its height is 1.69.

The front of the new Ford Kuga It is very similar to the Ford Puma. It offers some ragged headlights that, as standard, are full led in all versions. The rest of the silhouette has rounded shapes until it reaches a more conventional rear where the word Kuga appears in large dimensions just under the anagram of the oval brand.

The new 2020 Ford Kuga you can choose from 11 different body colors, including Diffused Silver Metallic and Sedona Orange.

The wheels are 17 inches from the most basic finish, the Titanium, and 18 inches on the top two, ST Line and ST Line X. The latter also incorporate a series of distinctive elements that enhance the sporty appearance of the vehicle.

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2020 FORD KUGA: INTERIOR

In addition to a considerable improvement in terms of quality and finishes, the new 2020 Ford Kuga advertises up to 43 millimeters of additional shoulder room and 57 millimeters for the hips in the front seats. The rear seat occupants also benefit from more space, where they gain 20 millimeters for the shoulders and 36 millimeters for the hips.

The rear bench can be moved longitudinally, which affects the luggage compartment capacity. This can range from touching 500 liters to just over 600. The plug-in hybrid offers a boot with 70 liters less cargo volume. The bench is divided into a 60/40 ratio.

The new 2020 Ford Kuga includes a digital dashboard. There are two versions, a 7-inch and a 12.3-inch. The multimedia system is the latest evolution of Ford’s SYNC, and is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The screen on which it is available is 8 inches. It also equips a wireless mobile charging point.

FordPass Connect integrated modem technology is offered, enabling the car to allow Wi-Fi access to up to ten devices.

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FORD KUGA 2020: EQUIPMENT

The new 2020 Ford Kuga It is offered with three different trim levels, which are the Titanium, the ST Line and the ST Line X.

From its lighter finish, it includes elements such as the electrochromic interior mirror, the keyless entry and start system, daytime running lights, induction charging system, rain sensor, climate control, height adjustment of the front seats, parking sensor front and rear, navigator, SYNC 3 and modem.

The ST Line It adds the 19-inch alloy wheels, the sporty exterior kit and the 12.3-inch digital dashboard. For his part, ST Line X Add the B&O sound system with ten speakers, partial leather seats, automatic high and low beams, privacy glass, rear armrest, fatigue monitor and black roof bars.

The FordPass3 application allows you to locate the vehicle, contact the technical service for maintenance or repair work or schedule the charging hours in the case of the plug-in hybrid. It is also possible to open and start the car with the mobile phone.

The list of driving aids for the 2020 Ford Kuga it is quite wide. It offers systems such as the lane-keeping change assistant, the collision alert with emergency braking or the blind spot sensors. The automatic versions can add the parking assistant, which is even capable of managing the change by itself depending on whether you need to move forward or backward. In addition there are the lane keeping assistant, the activation of the brakes to avoid multiple collisions in the event of an accident, cruise control with Stop & Go function and the intelligent speed limiter.

2020 FORD KUGA: MECHANICAL

The 2020 Ford Kuga It offers a wide range of engines including gasoline, diesel, a ‘mild-hybrid’ and a plug-in hybrid.

The gasoline ones are 1.5 EcoBoost with 120 and 150 horses. In both cases the SUV It is front-wheel drive and has a manual gearbox.

Among the Diesel, the first is a 1.5 EcoBlue of 120 horses with manual or eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Above is the 190-horsepower 2.0 EcoBlue, which is only offered with automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

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The ‘mild-hybrid’ is a Diesel 2.0 EcoBlue MHEV offered with manual gearbox and front wheel drive. When the electric generator assists the combustion engine in some phases, it is entitled to display the ECO Label.

The Ford Kuga HybridThe non-plug-in hybrid version combines a 2.5-liter Atkinson gasoline engine, a generator, and a 1.1-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. This recharges, depending on the oval brand, both when braking and starting, and allows a range of up to 1,000 kilometers. The power of the set is 190 horsepower, and it can equip both a front-wheel drive system and the Intelligent All-Wheel Drive AWD. The transmission is automatic and is called Power-Split. The manufacturer ensures that it is prepared to simulate the gear changes of a conventional automatic transmission. The approved average consumption is 5.4 liters per 100 kilometers and its emissions of 125 grams per kilometer of CO2.

Finally there is the plug-in hybrid, which has a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle gasoline engine that, together with the electric drive, generates a power of 225 horsepower. The battery that powers the electrical part is 14.4 kilowatt hours of gross capacity, and allows a range in fully electric mode of 56 kilometers according to WLTP. A 3.6 kilowatt charger is included that allows a full autonomy recharge in about five hours. This unit also has four different driving modes that affect how the battery is used. Are EV Auto, EV Now, EV Later Y EV Charge.

FORD KUGA 2020: PRICES

The starting price of the 2020 Ford Kuga in Spain it is 29,000 euros, a figure that corresponds to the 120 horsepower gasoline version with the Titanium finish. The 150 hp gasoline starts from 30,200 euros, while the lighter Diesel starts from 30,500. To acquire the ‘mild-hybrid’ version you have to pay a minimum of 32,100 euros. For its part, the plug-in hybrid starts from 37,800 euros, while the more capable Diesel, with all-wheel drive and automatic transmission as standard, does so from 37,550.

Pricing for the self-charging hybrid has yet to be released.

UPDATE LOG

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11/17/2020
Ford unveils the details of the self-charging hybrid Kuga.

03/27/2020
We attended the national digital presentation of Kuga 2020.

03/24/2020
The range and prices of the Kuga 2020 for Spain have been revealed.

09/11/2019
The 2020 Ford Kuga is presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

04/02/2019
Ford unveils the first data and images of the 2020 Ford Kuga.

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