Ford has been spotted testing the replacement for the Kuga SUV – here’s what we know so far…
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- Ford Kuga prototype spotted testing
- Hybrid model will be available
- Will be lighter and more efficient
- On sale in late 2019
The replacement for the Ford Kuga has been spotted testing in Spain before it goes on sale in late 2019 or early 2020. You’ll be able to buy it with a more diverese range of engines, including a hybrid model and, potentially, a very fast RS version.
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This prototype uses the body of the current Kuga to disguise the new car’s looks. Expect it to be a tad bigger than the current model, with sharp new looks and a larger boot to help make it more practical. Its styling will be inspired by Ford’s other SUVs, including the recently revised EcoSport and Edge.
Expect the new Kuga’s cabin to come with more leather and soft-touch materials along with some tasty high-tech features. Its infotainment system will be overhauled with slicker menus and sharper graphics, too – a welcome upgrade from the outgoing car’s dated, button-heavy cabin.
The current Kuga doesn’t exactly feel like a limo in the back seats. This will be addressed in its upcoming replacement which will offer much more space and movable seats to let you choose between extra leg room or a bit more boot space. A panoramic roof will be an optional extra but could cut into back-seat headroom.
Engines and driving
The most exciting model in the new Kuga range will be a powerful RS version with around 300hp to rival the likes of the upcoming Cupra Ateca. Elsewhere, the current selection of petrol engines will be retained and joined by a frugal hybrid model. This will use a three-cylinder engine and a compact electric motor to boost fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions.
The new Kuga will be lighter than the outgoing version which will help make it even more fun to drive. It’ll also be offered with four-wheel drive and a range of driving modes to help it deal with particularly slippery surfaces.
Price and release date
The new Kuga won’t go on sale until late 2019. Prices will remain approximately the same, so set aside approiximately £23,000 for an entry-level model.