Ford Kuga has been present on the market for a decade since 2008 precisely. The second generation has been introduced in 2012 and has been overhauled with some small changes in 2017. However, the carmaker is working on the new, 2019 Ford Kuga which should arrive with a handful of upgrades. However, the Kuga is also expected to be offered with a plug-in hybrid engine under its hood. But, for a PHEV version of the Ford Kuga, we will have to wait for the year of 2021.
Generally, the Ford Kuga looks attractive, has a roomy interior with plenty of standard features. However, the infotainment system is not that easy to use as expected so this time we might see changes in that area. As well, compared to the newer versions of the SEAT Ateca and Peugeot 3008, the Kuga is starting to look a bit outdated. So, in order to keep it fresh, the carmaker might refresh it with some new details. Under the hood, it has several engine options which include three petrol and three diesel engines. However, like we have previously said, the Kuga should get a plug-in hybrid powertrain at some point in future.
The main rivals of the Kuga are Honda CR-V, Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, VW Tiguan etc.
2019 Ford Kuga types of engines and performances
The 2019 Ford Kuga will keep the same engine options as the outgoing model. There will be three petrol and three diesel units. Among petrol engines, there is a 1.5-liter which will be available in three variants. So, it will have the output of 120, 150, and 182 horsepower. The diesel engine will include a 2.0-liter with the output of 150 and 180 horsepower and a 1.5-liter unit which will be able to deliver 120 horses. It will be available with a two-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations. As for the transmission, it will be paired with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Design of exterior and interior
The 2019 Ford Kuga will ride on the C1 platform which also underpins the Ford Focus and Ford C-Max models. As for the exterior design, the 2019 Ford Kuga might get some changes in order to look more appealing to the buyers. Those should include a slightly revised grille and headlamps and redesign taillights and bumper on the rear end. The standard version will ride on the 17-inch alloy wheels while the higher trims will get the larger 18-inch alloys.
The cabin of the 2019 Ford Kuga will be sufficiently spacious, functional and well-equipped. The dashboard is fitted with an 8.0-inch touchscreen with infotainment system and navigation. The higher trims will get leather upholstery. The standard equipment will include cruise control, DAB radio, manual air-con, Bluetooth, USB, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The premium trims will add 10-way adjustable electric driver’s seat and leather-wrapped instrument panel.
Release date and price
The carmaker hasn’t yet announced the official release date of the 2019 Ford Kuga. The price will probably be the same as for the 2018 version which is in a range from $28,000-$48,000.