The Kuga, along with the Edge, Explorer and recently spotted Fiesta-based crossover replacing the Ecosport, will play a crucial part in Ford’s wide-reaching European restructure formally announced yesterday.
A more targeted focus on more profitable SUVs, the main growth sector in Europe, is listed as a priority. Ford sold 151,000 Kugas in 2017 across Europe and slightly fewer in 2018, both years more than double the volume shifted in 2013 when the second-generation car was first launched.
The 2020 Kuga takes clear inspiration from the new Focus externally, with a curvier shape and wider stance. In the cabin, we can see the familiar dashtop-mounted touchscreen from the brand’s latest models, too. Expect similarities in terms of equipment and increased passenger space, too.
The engine range should largely mimic that of the Focus, too, albeit with only the highest powered variant of Ford’s entry-level 1.0-litre Ecoboost motor carried over. A 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5 and 2.0-litre diesels are likely to feature, too. As part of the brand’s plan to introduce electrification in some form across all models, mild hybrid and even full hybrids could be seen soon after launch.
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