Ford has announced that the all-new Kuga SUV will deliver best-in-class fuel efficiency with an average range increase of 28% over its predecessor.
New Ford Kuga.
The new Kuga is Ford's most versatile electrified vehicle and the first to offer mild, full and plug-in hybrid powertrain systems. The advanced powertrains are supported by improved aerodynamics and weight reduction measures.
The plug-in hybrid system on the Kuga helped deliver the best fuel economy, lowest CO2 emissions, and the longest all-electric range in the midsize SUV class, capable of 72 kilometers in NEDC driving mode.
When comparing selected all-new Kuga transmissions to their peers in terms of maximum power and previous generation transmission configuration, fuel economy was improved up to 28 percent (NEDC). emissions while driving in pure electric mode. Average fuel consumption across the entire range has been improved by 31 percent.
The Kuga Plug-In Hybrid and Kuga EcoBlue Hybrid (48V Soft Hybrid) are the first electrified powertrains for the Kuga range and will be available for purchase later this year. The Kuga Hybrid is coming soon with a fully hybrid self-charging powertrain. Advanced Ford EcoBlue diesel engines and EcoBoost gasoline engines are also available.
The new Kuga is the first SUV based on Ford's new global flexible front-wheel drive architecture that supports improved aerodynamics to reduce fuel consumption and reduce weight by 80kg over previous generation models when comparing equivalent powertrain options.
The extensive use of aluminum has reduced the overall weight of the Kuga. The use of aluminum suspension arms saves 6.8 kg, the aluminum-composite bumper bar reduces weight by 6.1 kg, and a lighter brake system reduces the car by another 0.8 kg.
Aerodynamic efficiency is better than the predecessor model, despite the increased dimensions of the car. Optimized skid plates, flush-mounted door seals and roof rails reduce air resistance by almost 4%.
Variety of power plants
Kuga 2.5 PHEV Plug-in Hybrid:
Combines a 2.5 liter Atkinson combustion engine, an electric motor and a 14.4 kWh lithium-ion battery generator.
The battery can be recharged via the charging socket located in the front fender and is also automatically recharged while driving thanks to energy recovery that converts previously lost kinetic energy into electricity when braking,
The driver can decide when and how to use the battery power by selecting one of the driving modes: EV Auto, EV Now, EV Later and EV Charge. When the battery reaches its minimum charge level, the Kuga will automatically return to EV Auto mode, helping the gasoline-electric motor use the recovered energy to optimize fuel economy.
Kuga 2.0 MHEV EcoBlue Hybrid:
Advanced 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine with 150 hp with the addition of a 48V mild hybrid setup,
In this solution, the standard alternator has been replaced with an integrated alternator-function starter (BISG) driven by a belt that stores the energy recovered during deceleration, which can then be used to charge an air-cooled lithium-ion battery pack. rated voltage 48 V,
The BISG also works as an electric motor that uses the energy stored in the batteries to provide engine torque during normal driving and acceleration, and to power the car's electrical accessories. The 48-volt electrical system allows the Auto Start-Stop system to be used in more frequent situations for additional fuel savings.
Kuga 1.5 EcoBoost:
Available in 120 and 150 hp versions, the 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine features the industry's first cylinder deactivation system on a three-cylinder engine, allowing cylinder deactivation at light engine load.
Kuga 1.5 and 2.0 EcoBlue:
1.5L EcoBlue diesel engines with 120 hp and 2.0 L EcoBlue with 190 hp. optimize fuel consumption and emissions thanks to, among other things, the use of a high-pressure fuel injection system and an integrated intake manifold.
Kuga 2.5 HEV Hybrid:
A version announced later this year uses a fully hybrid powertrain with automatic regenerative charging that delivers pure electric driving. The system includes a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle gasoline engine, an electric motor, a generator, a lithium-ion battery and a Ford-designed automatic transmission that combines the two power sources.
Ford aims to electrify all future passenger cars entering the market, with 18 electrified vehicles in Europe by the end of next year.
Best in class economy class
Kuga Plug-In Hybrid achieves fuel consumption from 1.2 l/100 km and CO2 emissions from 26 g/km on the NEDC cycle (from 1.4 l/100 km and from 32 g/km on the WLTP cycle) in the purely electric range 72 km drive on NEDC (56 km on WLTP).
- The Kuga EcoBlue Hybrid offers fuel consumption from 4.3 l/100 km and CO2 emissions from 111 g/km on the NEDC cycle (from 5.0 l/100 km and from 132 g/km on the WLTP cycle).
- The 1.5-litre Kuga EcoBoost achieves fuel consumption from 5.5 l/100 km and CO2 emissions from 125 g/km on the NEDC cycle (from 6.6 l/100 km and from 150 g/km on the WLTP cycle).
- The 1.5-litre Kuga EcoBlue diesel has fuel consumption from 4.2 l/100 km and CO2 emissions from 109 g/km on the NEDC cycle (from 5.1 l/100 km and from 133 g/km on the WLTP cycle).
- The 2.0-liter Kuga EcoBlue diesel offers fuel consumption from 4.8 l/100 km and CO2 emissions from 127 g/km in the NEDC cycle (from 5.9 l/100 km and from 155 g/km WLTP).
* Comparison of the Kuga 120 hp model. 2019 with 2.0L TDCi engine and six-speed automatic transmission and 120hp Kuga models. 2020 with 1.5L EcoBlue engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.
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