2019 Ford Kuga will get a plug-in hybrid engine

The arrival of the 2019 Ford Kuga will announce the third-generation of this compact crossover SUV. Believe it or not, Kuga is present for over a decade now and new Kuga will look better than ever. The popular magazine Auto Bild writes that the new generation Ford Kuga will be arriving in the market in November 2019.

Basically, the same model for the U.S. markets is called “Escape” and the difference between those two are minimal. Kuga is the European version and the new model will get hybrid drivetrain and more aggressive exterior design. Overall, a versatile SUV that has it all, the interior is practical and roomy and tow rating is great. There are so many reasons to sign this all-around player.

2019 Ford Kuga

2019 Ford Kuga exterior is refreshed

The all-new 2019 Ford Kuga will get fresh exterior updates as the third-generation of this SUV is ready to hit the markets. That includes the changes, mostly in the front part. Hexagonal grille looks gorgeous, and it sports more shutters than before. The headlights are larger now and are looking really sleek. Generally, the nose is more attractive and it looks edgier. The newest model will ride on the C platform as some of the other models from this manufacturer.

The 2019 Kuga gets new exterior paints, or two of them to be more precise. The colors are Blue Metallic and Cinnamon Glaze. Furthermore, a Sport Appearance Package can be bought and it offers blackout-accents and 19-inch black alloy wheels. With this package, Kuga looks meaner and more aggressive. The dimensions will stay intact, just like the hood and roofline.

2019 Ford Kuga interior

2019 Ford Kuga interior updates

The 2019 Ford Kuga will get minor interior updates, however, there is no need for significant changes. The cabin looks and feels premium and there is room for five passengers. Shift levels are repositioned and the whole cabin is driver-oriented. That means all of the controls are easy to reach and new SYNC3 infotainment system is user-friendly.

It comes with an 8-inch touchscreen that offers an astonishing interface and it supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The steering wheel also holds numerous buttons and the armrests are larger now. Cargo space offers 34.0 cubic feet, however, folding the rear seats expands the area to 68.0 cubic feet.

Safety department

The safety of the upcoming 2019 Ford Kuga is highly rated. The previous model gets a great score of five stars on the crash test and we expect the same results as the new one. Like in many SUVs these days, the newest one Kuga comes with a long list of safety measures that are designed to provide high levels of protection for everyone in.

It gets Active City Stop features that will help the driver to avoid a collision in slow-moving traffic or at speeds up to 30mph. Other one included an advanced airbag system, ISOFIX child seat, Electronic Stability Control for better grip, Anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic brake-force distribution.

2019 Ford Kuga side

2019 Ford Kuga engine specifications

The standard model of the approaching 2019 Ford Kuga will use a 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine. This unit produces 120 HP and 200 lb-ft of torque. However, an optional 2.0-liter diesel can produce up to 184 HP and 240 lb-ft of twists. Diesel unit offers front-wheel drive while the EcoBoost petrol engine comes with the four-wheel drive setup.

Moreover, Kuga RS will also hit the markets. Speculations are saying that the RS model will generate up to 284 horses and 380 lb-ft. The new RS SUV will also get a more attractive look than the standard one model.

Towing capacity

The new model will also get the Trailer Sway Control system. This system is there to detects ‘snaking’ or trailer sway and reduces your SUVs speed to help solve the problem. The maximum towing capacity with the engine 2,0 liter and four-wheel drive system is 4500 pounds.

2019 Ford Kuga plug-in model

Main news about new Kuga is a Plug-in Hybrid version. While confirmed, we don’t know the exact specs right now. What we know for sure is that both Escape and Kuga will get plug-in hybrid variants that will deliver a class-leading mileage.

However, there are some speculations that this engine might use an electric motor that will be able to make 88 kW / 120 hp and it will be connected to the standard engine that gives 150 HP. This will make a total output of around 280 HP.

2019 Ford Kuga rear

2019 Ford Kuga price and release date

The price of the all-new 2019 Ford Kuga will depend on many factors. Firstly, each European country will offer slightly different pricing. And while Blue Oval carmaker is refusing to deliver price information, we expect a starting price tag to be around $26,000.

The RS models could cost up to $40,000 while the plug-in hybrid model will be priced at around $32,000. The newest 2019 Kuga will go on sale in the first quarter of 2019. Main rivals to this model will be Nissan Qashqai, Chevrolet Captiva, Audi Q3 and Volkswagen Tiguan.

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