Ford rejuvenates Kuga: new face, more hybrid power

Since 2021, the Ford Kuga has been Europe’s best-selling plug-in hybrid. The SUV has received a mid-cycle refresh, including a redesigned nose, updated technology, and a slightly more powerful plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Sales of the new model are set to kick off in January 2024.

Although it was slow to launch due to battery problems in 2020, Ford’s mid-size SUV Kuga has been at the top of the plug-in hybrid sales charts for Europe in 2021, 2022, and, if all goes well, 2023. Now, the model gets a facelift, which puts even more emphasis on its hybrid powertrains.

New face, new Active trim

The Ford Kuga for 2024 gets an entirely new nose, with slimmer LED headlights and a light strip connecting them. A new front bumper with the Blue Oval in the center of the grille is also apparent. At the rear, the changes are more subtle, although a new light signature can be spotted.

The Ford Kuga Active gets a more rugged look for drivers who “like to venture onto sand or mud from time to time” /Ford

The Kuga also gains a new Active trim level, which we’ve seen before on other models like the Focus and Fiesta. It gives the cross-over a slightly more rugged look thanks to black plastic trim on the wheel arches and faux skidplates.

Sync 4

On the inside, the Kuga now gets a new 13,2-inch Sync 4 infotainment system as standard, including 5G connectivity and Amazon Alexa Built-in as a voice assistant. Wireless Android Auto/Apple CarPlay connectivity is also available. The safety systems have also been updated.

The Ford Kuga facelift’s interior gains a new 13,2-inch Sync 4 infotainment system as standard /Ford

Gasoline, Hybrid or Plug-in Hybrid

Regarding powertrains, Ford has chosen to eliminate diesel in the new Kuga. Customers can choose between a 150 hp EcoBoost gasoline engine or three electrified powertrains. The Kuga Hybrid is available with front-wheel drive (180 hp) or all-wheel drive (183 hp), with a rated fuel efficiency of 5,3 to 6,4 l/100 km.

Meanwhile, the Kuga Plug-in Hybrid has been given a power boost and now delivers up to 243 hp, thanks to a more powerful electric motor. The battery remains at 14,4 kWh, offering up to 69 km of all-electric range.

Uprated towing capacity

The Kuga Hybrid AWD and Plug-in Hybrid can now tow up to 2 100 kg. The Sync 4 infotainment system offers a Trailer Connection Checklist and Trailer Tow Navigation to propose routes that avoid tight turns, low bridges, and other obstacles. The new Ford Kuga is available to order from January 2024, although the old model gets a hefty discount during the traditional ‘Brussels Motor Show’ period.

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