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This is the updated Ford Kuga

January 17, 2024


The Kuga doesn’t hurt Ford’s bottom line. The model is Europe’s best-selling plug-in hybrid over the past three years. The model has now received a major refresh. In the Netherlands – as before – it is available only as a plug-in hybrid. The order books opened immediately.

new face

The new Ford Kuga has been given a solid overhaul both inside and out, with a fresh and new design. The Titanium, ST-Line and Active models have unique design features so that each version has its own look. True to the latest fashion, Ford has equipped the Kuga with an eye-catching LED light bar that runs the full width of the front end.


In the interior, we detect a new, larger digital instrument cluster (12.3-inch) and the infotainment system is also a size larger than before (13.2-inch). The Kuga is equipped with the latest generation SYNC 4, which offers twice the computing power compared to the previous system. Wireless connectivity to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is possible, and the system features 5G connectivity. Many functions have been incorporated into the infotainment system, reducing the presence of physical buttons. The buttons you can still operate are placed slightly lower and the center tunnel has also received a slightly different layout.

Predictive Speed Assist

Of course, the updated model features a host of modern driving assistance systems. An enhanced version of Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go now includes Predictive Speed Assist. This system provides the ability to adjust speed for curves in the road, traffic circles, when entering or exiting highways and to moderate speed for other traffic situations, vehicles and speed changes. The system informs the driver of the reason for adjusting speed, reducing the need for driver input. This contributes to a more relaxed and comfortable driving experience, according to Ford.


Under the hood is the familiar 2.5-liter gasoline engine. The electric motor is larger and the automatic transmission has been tightened up, according to the brand. Total system power comes out to 225 hp. The Kuga Plug-In Hybrid accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 7.3 seconds – nearly two seconds faster than before – while offering best-in-class towing capacity of up to 2,100 kg, an increase of more than 30 percent. Thanks to a 14.4 kWh battery pack, an electric driving range of 69 kilometers is possible. The new Kuga can be ordered immediately at a price starting at 43,350 euros.