Published: Sun, April 07, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Ford reveals next-generation Kuga

Ford reveals next-generation Kuga

Besides the Transit EV, the company made an announcement about the launch of a bunch of other electrified consumer-facing models in the Europe market.

We're told the new Puma will be powered by a three-cylinder EcoBoost powertrain with up to 153bhp, and it'll include a mild-hybrid system, too.

The final hybrid model - a so-called mild hybrid, which also doesn't need to be plugged in - uses 48V electric technology to lightly boost the efficiency of the car's 2.0-litre diesel engine to deliver 56.5mpg and 132g/km of CO2.

The BISG also acts as a motor, seamlessly integrating with a low-friction, three-cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine and using the stored energy to provide torque substitution - which reduces the amount of work required from the petrol engine to maximise fuel savings, and torque supplementation - which increases the total torque available from the powertrain for optimised performance.

As a result, the Fiesta's claimed fuel consumption is 4.9 litres per 100 kilometres and carbon dioxide emissions are 112 grams per kilometre, while the Focus manages 4.7L/100km and 106g/km respectively.

Along with hybrid powertrains, will also be offered with the choice of two Ecoblue diesel engines and one EcoBoost petrol engine.

Additionally, the Mustang sportscar-inspired SUV due next year has been confirmed to support fast charging and have a driving range of 600km on Europe's recently introduced WLTP cycle. For example, the Escape will also be available as a plug-in hybrid. Featuring an integrated electric motor/generator system and 14.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the Kuga plug-in hybrid's total system output is 168kW. As a final effect, only a pure electric Version is missing.

Ford has been running trials of the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) in London. The Ford Puma was a two-door coupe that was produced between 1997 and 2002 in worldwide markets, which also shared its underpinnings with the Fiesta. Combine power stands at 225 PS and all-electric driving range is up to 50 km according to WLTP test standards for the plug-in hybrid variant.

Ford of Europe president Stuart Rowley said the Blue Oval "will make electrification relevant and affordable for more drivers than ever before".

The Transit EV will be available in different body styles and is expected to have a mid-200-mile range.
The engineers at the company will testify the concept to improve future versions of the concept and to apply its range-extending features to volume production vehicles.

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