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First Look At Fords New Kuga

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Ford is inspiring drivers to embrace the electric future and new Kuga – Europe’s bestselling Plug-in hybrid in 2021, 2022  and on track for 2023 according to the latest available data – will play a key role on the journey. Bold and assertive new Kuga offers surprising performance from hybrid powertrains, the convenience of seamless connectivity, and a full range of latest-generation driver assistance systems that make it the ideal companion for everyday adventures.

The new Kuga range – built in Europe and designed for European drivers – offers up to 69 km  of pure electric driving for Kuga Plug-In Hybrid customers who can take advantage of home or public charging. Kuga Plug-In Hybrid significantly improved acceleration, with the reduced emissions of an electrified driving experience. Offering up to 2,100 kg  of towing ability, pulling power beats all rivals and means new Kuga is able to take everything from a large caravan to a horsebox in its stride.

“The Ford Kuga has been a hit with customers since it was first launched in 2008. The new Kuga is our best ever, moving the game forward with new levels of capability, connectivity and comfort,” said Jon Williams, general manager, Ford Blue, Europe.

Fresh design and seamless connectivity

New Kuga has evolved both inside and out, with a fresh, confident design. The smart Titanium and sporty ST-Line models have unique design features and distinctive personalities. An eye-catching full-width LED light bar is available as part of the optional Technology Pack and frames the new front grille design, which proudly displays the Ford Blue Oval, underlining its strength and purpose.

Inside, new Kuga features Ford’s latest-generation SYNC 4 infotainment offering twice the computing power of the previous system. Integrating seamlessly with smartphones, it has 5G connectivity for fast access to information, cloud-connected navigation to help stay ahead of the jams, with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto  for cable-free access to key apps and information. Alexa Built-in  is also standard, so drivers and passengers can ask questions or make commands even without a smartphone connected.

SYNC 4 also supports drivers in making the most of new Kuga’s towing ability, with the Trailer Connection Checklist helping to support safe and secure connections. Trailer Tow Navigation enables drivers to enter the dimensions of their car and trailer so that SYNC 4 can select a route to help avoid tight turns, low bridges and other obstacles.

Cutting-edge tech from factory to driveway

Advanced driver assistance technology supports an effortless, comfortable drive in even the most challenging conditions. The new generation Adaptive Cruise Control can now apply the brakes automatically for curves and junctions as well as other traffic, while the 360-degree camera system offers an aerial view so that parking, preparing to hitch up a trailer or even using an automatic car wash are a breeze.

Practicality is at the heart of new Kuga’s interior, offering comfort and convenience ready for adventures in the city and beyond. Sliding second row seats can boost legroom to over 1 metre for rear occupants or create up to 140 litres of extra boot space. Optional comfort seats approved by a leading spinal health organisation deliver support where it is most needed.

Advanced lighting technology helps to improve comfort and confidence for the driver, with full LED headlights including Automatic High Beam Control as standard. Optional Dynamic Pixel LED headlights use navigation data and a windscreen-mounted camera to read road signs, altering the light pattern at curves, junctions and roundabouts to better illuminate pedestrians and cyclists.

New Kuga is built in Europe at Ford’s advanced Valencia plant in Spain, where 3D printing of parts delivers highly accurate and sustainable manufacturing. Artificial intelligence works hand-in-hand with engineers to ensure the highest standards of quality and production.