The new 2020 Ford Kuga Hybrid will have a lot of things in
common with the brand-new Escape crossover.
However, the US version will offer more features and options.
Kuga is definitely not going to be a seven-seat crossover, but
it will get a hybrid drivetrain and ST version before the
Escape. So, one of the best-selling European crossovers will
become even better and versatile, and it is key to its success.
Multiple drivetrains, trim levels, and a lot of safety features
will make it even more appealing, not only for younger
customers but also for older buyers.
Probably the most exciting version will be the 2020 Ford Kuga
hybrid. Better fuel economy of the compact crossover will make
a difference on the market. Well, it is already one of the best
in the class in this segment. On the other end sits an ST model
with a high-output EcoBoost engine. The crossover will create
280 hp and it will top the Escapes 245 hp which the US model is
getting from a 2.0-l turbocharged unit. The premiere of the new
Kuga will cause a lot of attention, especially if Ford unveils
At this moment, the company unveiled some details about the
hybrid and plug-in variants. However, the 2020 Ford Kuga will
also carry petrol and diesel units, which will be probably
carried over from its predecessors. The smallest displacement
is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine with the
capability to deliver 120 horsepower. This unit can also
provide 240 Nm (177 lb-ft) of torque. The petrol drivetrain
also offers configurations with 150 and 180 horsepower, while
the twist remains the same. The transmission comes with six
paces, and it is up to buyers if they want to pick automatic or
The alternative to a petrol engine is a pair of diesel units.
The same displacement offers four cylinders. A 1.5-liter diesel
can produce 120 hp and torque between 270 and 300 Nm (200-220
lb-ft). There are also other diesel configurations offering the
same amount of power as the petrol unit. But, the centerpiece
of this system is a 2.0-liter engine. You can choose either 150
or 180 hp variant. You will also benefit on the torque end
since the larger unit can create either 370 or 400 Nm (270 or
2020 Ford Kuga Hybrid
Besides these three engines, the 2020 Ford Kuga Hybrid also
brings different configurations. First of all, there is a basic
hybrid. It will use the same system as the upcoming
Escape. The crossover for the US market is combining a
2.5-liter four-pot engine with electric motors to get 210 hp.
That is all we know about the Escape hybrid
and its outputs. Kuga Hybrid will probably get the same power,
and engineers claim the fuel economy of the European crossover
will be around 5.7 l/100 km (40 mpg).
The other solution is to pair a diesel engine with batteries to
provide more power and a better fuel economy. This is a great
move by Ford since the diesel will emit fewer gasses. According
to announcements, the rate will drop under 130 g/km. The system
is going to combine a 2.0-liter diesel engine (version with 150
hp) and the electric motor. This battery pack will help the new
drivetrain achieve 5 l/100 km (47 mpg). This is going to be the
Top of the line model in the hybrid lineup will be the 2020
Ford Kuga Hybrid PHEV. This is again the same configuration the
is going to offer. A 2.5-liter petrol unit, electric motor, and
the battery pack will make the crossover produce 230 hp. Also,
this version is capable to move by using the electric power
only. The range is going to be over 50 km (30 miles) per
charge. We still don’t have precise details about the charging
speed and other possibilities for this model. One thing is sure
– the 2020 Ford Kuga PHEV will offer less space inside the
cabin since the electric motor is taking place under the rear
2020 Ford Kuga ST Line
The hybrid model might be interesting because it is new. But,
most fans will always pick performance over the fuel economy
and environment. The vehicle for them is the 2020 Ford Kuga ST.
This is a performance-oriented SUV with the special engine. It
uses a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder powertrain, boosts it
with turbochargers, and gets 280 hp. So far, we could see the
popular European crossover with a diesel engine. But, from now
on, it will use the drivetrain from the Focus ST lineup.
Besides a lot of power, the 2.3-l unit also bursts 310
pound-feet of torque (420 Nm).
2020 Ford Kuga Hybrid Release Date
The new 2020 Ford Kuga Hybrid will arrive in the second half of
2019 or even early next year. The company puts focus on the US
crossover, so the new Kuga will have to wait a bit. However,
the hybrid versions are not coming with the standard model. We
will see there somewhere at mid-2020.