Ford responded quickly to the new challenges in the automotive industry, a number of hybrid and purely electric innovations were introduced within a few years, and the model offensive is not over yet! In the case of the Kuga, the focus was not on compromise battery-electric drive, but on different hybrid systems that offer solutions to different needs. The third generation has already been designed to accommodate different technologies, so it can currently be ordered in 6 different configurations. After the 1.5-liter turbo-petrol, the 1.5-liter or 2.0-liter diesel, the soft-hybrid diesel and the plug-in hybrid, the self-charging hybrid drive was also put into production.
Although the powertrain was licensed from Toyota, Ford rebuilt it with its own engine and transmission, and also adapted its tuning to the brand image. This was necessary for the sake of more dynamic handling than the original, so that the FHEV variant could be a real alternative to diesel and not have to give up the usual driving experience either. The biggest difference is in the gear-changing electronics that replace the traditional gearbox. Instead of operating like a stepless (CVT) transmission on Toyota, Ford has achieved a classic (hydraulic) automatic transmission-like behavior with simulated shifting. The L button in the middle of the electronic rotary switch, known from other models, can be used to control the amount of energy regeneration and to activate the various operating modes at the touch of a button. Then we have no choice but to monitor the use of energy by monitoring special instruments. Instead of a tachometer, you can find out how much power has been delivered, or how much you are refueling when rolling and braking, but you can also see on the instrument panel’s digital display exactly what percentage of your 190-horsepower power is being used.
The easy-to-read panel with dozens of data is the only point of reference for a deeper understanding of the system, as the Hungarian demonstration revealed that the Kuga works so sophistically that almost nothing appears while driving the 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle petrol and from the cooperation of the battery actively involved in the drive. The quiet and sophisticated powertrain matches the Kuga’s style, and the family Ford, which also proves to be a passenger car, benefits from working harmoniously not only in the city and on the highway, but also on the highway, where similar techniques tend to feel uncomfortable. The parallel with diesel stands out not only because of the 2.0-liter, also 190-horsepower diesel, but also because of its measurable flexibility and consumption, as it completed the motorway stage with an average of 6.7 liters and outperformed it in urban use. With a value of 5.7 liters. It is worth including the front surface of the leisure car, as well as its weight of 1701 kg! In addition, Ford is very proud of the fact that, like the diesel, the car has a range of 1,000 kilometers, which is a useful feature even for a type that can be recharged in a minute. On slippery road surfaces, the “intelligent” all-wheel drive, which can also be ordered for the FHEV, can also be advantageous, adapting the front wheels to the rear axle, if necessary, providing torque to the rear axle, so it only consumes extra fuel if the road conditions warrant. Ideally, we only have to weigh 72 kg, and instead of 1,600, we can “only” tow a 1,500 kg trailer with the all-wheel drive Kuga.
In terms of equipment, whether the car can be assembled in a sporty ST-Line or elegant Vignale design, Ford also gives customers a free hand in this, who can configure the FHEV from 11,650,000 HUF. A surcharge of HUF 700,000 is requested for all-wheel drive, and the similar equipment (Titanium X) will cost HUF 600,000 more than the 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel, which is similarly equipped with 190 horsepower and four-wheel drive, with 8-speed automatic transmission.
Ford Kuga FHEV
Total stroke volume: 2488 cm3
Cylinders / valves: S4 / 16
Max. Power: 140 kW (190 hp) 5500 / min
Hossz./szél./mag.: 4614/1883/1675 mm
Wheelbase: 2710 mm
Track front / rear: 1597/1588 mm
Turning circle: 11.3 m
Net weight / load capacity: 1701/514 kg
Luggage compartment: 581-1481 l
Fuel tank: 54 l
Acceleration 0-100 km / h: 4.5 s
Maximum speed: 250 km / h
Average consumption (WLTP): 5.4 l / 100 km
CO2 emissions (WLTP): 125 g / km
Base price: HUF 11,650,000
Source: Autó-Motor by www.automotor.hu.
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