The Ford Kuga has long held a spot atop Europe’s sales charts – both as a whole and in terms of plug-in hybrids – but as Ford Authority reported last August, it’s also in line for the same sort of updates present on the refreshed 2023 Ford Escape. This much was confirmed when Ford Authority spotted a few refreshed Ford Kuga prototypes out testing in recent months, in both hybrid and ST-Line guise. Now, the updated Ford Kuga has officially been revealed, giving us a comprehensive look at the crossover’s latest makeover.
As expected, the refreshed Ford Kuga features the same sharper styling as the Escape, both inside and out. Notably, it’s also sporting the updated Blue Oval badge up front, coupled with a light bar for its trio of trim levels – Titanium, ST-Line, and the brand new Active, the latter of which adds plastic cladding, a slightly higher ride height, and Trail mode for excursions that might take place off the pavement.
The same goes for inside the cabin, where the refreshed Ford Kuga gets the same 13.2-inch infotainment screen running Sync 4 as the Escape, along with its 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. In terms of powertrains, shoppers get a handful of interesting choices – the 1.5L I-3 EcoBoost making 148 horsepower mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the 2.5L hybrid powertrain producing either 177 horsepower in front-wheel drive guise or 180 horsepower for all-wheel drive variants, and the PHEV, which gives the 2.5L gas/electric combination an output of 240 horsepower – 30 more than the Escape PHEV, notably, as well as 43 miles of electric-only driving range on the WLTP cycle.
The refreshed Ford Kuga is already available to order in Europe, though for now at least, it’s unclear when deliveries will begin. “The Ford Kuga has been a hit with customers since it was first launched in 2008. The new Kuga is our best ever, moving the game forward with new levels of capability, connectivity, and comfort,” said Jon Williams, general manager, Ford Blue, Europe.