The forthcoming 2020 Ford Kuga will hit the dealerships in the coming months. The compact crossover is also available in the United States under the name Ford Escape. The new model will get some serious changes and upgrades. The hybrid drivetrain is perhaps the most significant innovation. However, Kuga will also grow in size and it will be a little longer.
That means the passengers can enjoy in more ample legroom and cargo area is slightly extended as well. Exterior will get numerous visual updates. From the inside, most of the interior will remain. However, the cabin is already modern and comfortable. Finally, we can expect a sportier Kuga ST version.
Newest spy shots are showing us plenty of exterior upgrades. The most significant change is Kuga’s new dimensions. The compact crossover will be longer this time. The 2020 Ford Kuga will keep its existing styling. Moreover, most of the updates are not visible.
However, you can spot small cutouts in the back. Exhaust tips are additionally lowered and the front end will get small modifications. A new tow hook is in the offer and fuel cap is now on the left rear fender.
As for the interior, the new 2020 Ford Kuga will get plenty of updates. Spy shots aren’t showing new interior design. However, we can confirm the new shape of the air vents on top of the dash. Furthermore, the interior will get more chrome trims and new optional features.
Safety will be better now thanks to the newest safety aids and driver-assistance systems. The infotainment system is updated too but the displays will stay intact.
Will 2020 Kuga Get the Third Row?
Longer dimensions could suggest a new third-row. However, this is just speculation for now. C-Pillar is extended and this modification is visible at first glance. However, third-row is not visible on the spy photos. A second and more likely outcome is improved legroom in the second row and more generous cargo area.
We are not sure how this compact crossover will make a breakthrough with tight third-row. After all, the new 2020 Ford Kuga is slightly longer than before. That is still not enough for such a significant change such as installing the third-row.
Ford was probably testing a new engine. The all-new 2020 Ford Kuga will get new exhaust pipes. For that reason, we could probably expect changes under the hood. So far, there were no confirmations about this possibility. The hybrid drivetrain is the most logical outcome. However, some rumors are suggesting a new gasoline engine.
We are still waiting for Blue Oval to release full vehicle’s details. On the other hand, a standard 1.5-liter EcoBoost will surely remain. This engine produces 120 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. A 2.0-liter diesel engine is an optional choice for now. Diesel is good for 180 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel-drive remains standard while the four-wheel-drive system is still optional. The hybrid drivetrain is not confirmed to this day.
Ford Kuga ST
In the near future, Blue Oval could release the Kuga ST variant. This sporty version could possibly arrive later next year. The upcoming 2020 Ford Kuga is a perfect candidate for the ST model. It will surely arrive with extremely sporty stance and more aggressive design.
Interior will get a longer list of standard features. That also includes numerous premium amenities. Under the bonnet, Ford will deliver a turbocharged engine that will produce around 300 horsepower.
2020 Ford Kuga Price and Release Date
Blue Oval’s new compact crossover will hit the dealerships in the last quarter of 2019. The 2020 Ford Kuga will get a small price increase. We predict the price to start at $26,500. Kuga is available in the United States under the name Ford Escape. Possible Kuga ST will cost over $32,000. If it arrives, Kuga Hybrid will also become available for $32,000 or even more.