The all-new 2020 Ford Kuga, the European equivalent of the Ford Escape, has largely impressed those that have driven it thus far. With smart styling, a roomy interior, a variety of trim levels, and impressive handling and efficiency, it’s easy to see why. And now, folks in Argentina can finally buy a new Kuga Hybrid for the very first time. It’s also the first time any Ford hybrid SUV has ever been sold in the South American country, which seems rather surprising.
The heart of the Kuga Hybrid is its dual powertrain that consists of a Ford 2.5L four-cylinder engine that produces 165 horsepower and 210Nm of torque (155 pound-feet) combined with an electric motor that’s rated at 130 horsepower and 235Nm of torque (173 pound-feet). A high voltage battery stores the energy for the electric motor, and is charged while the internal combustion engine is running and also while using the regenerative braking system.
The Kuga Hybrid is capable of using one or both motors at any given time, based on power demand, to further enhance efficiency. Shifts for this dual powertrain are handled by a Ford-developed power-split automatic transmission.
In addition to its innovative drivetrain, the new Kuga Hybrid enjoys the same new design as the rest of the model’s lineup. That includes features like a new active front grille, 17 ”black alloy wheels, front daytime running lights, LED taillights, and dual exhaust. It’s available in five colors: Panther Black, Moon Silver, Magnetic Gray, Velocity Blue, Metallic Blue, and Oxford White.
The interior of the new Kuga Hybrid is all-new as well, and includes amenities like sliding and reclining rear seats, a fully digital dashboard with a 12.3 inch configurable display, SYNC3 connectivity with an 8 inch multi-touch screen, voice command device control, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
The new Kuga Hybrid is produced in the U.S. at the Ford Louisville Assembly Plant alongside the Escape, and is available now in Argentina with a base price of $3,346,100 ($48,067 U.S.) and comes with a three year or 100,000 km (62,000 miles) warranty for the vehicle, as well as an 8 year or 160,000 km (100,000 miles) warranty for the battery.