Ford has expanded the range of its Kuga SUV further with the introduction of a new regular hybrid setup.
Joining the existing model’s already comprehensive electrified range, which includes mild-hybrid diesels and a plug-in hybrid version offering a 35-mile electric range, this new Kuga combines a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine with an electric motor and 1.1kWh battery to produce 197bhp. The battery is charged by both the engine and when coasting or braking, and improves performance and efficiency.
Ideal for those that aren’t able to plug in their cars regularly, Ford says the Kuga Hybrid offers a 600-mile range, and returns a combined 48.7mpg, with low CO2 emissions of 130g/km. It’s marginally quicker than the PHEV model, too, with a 0-60mph time of 8.9 seconds.
Unlike the PHEV, it can only travel at low speeds on electricity, though can pull away silently without the engine kicking into life.
Clever packaging ensures that the new Hybrid remains practical, with Ford claiming it offers generous headroom and total boot cargo space with the rear seats folded of 1,481 litres. It also offers a 1,600kg towing capacity.
The new Kuga Hybrid is available in ST-Line, ST-Line X and Vignale trim levels, with all versions benefitting from wireless phone charging, a B&O sound system and an eight-inch touchscreen offering a range of connected features.
Prices for the Kuga Hybrid start from £33,600, with first deliveries likely at the start of next year.Enquire on a new Ford Kuga