Most US and European carmakers are busy revamping their car range for 2019. US car giant Ford Motors is also in the race. It seems the car giant is keen on focusing on crossovers and SUV segment in particular. The newest model in its line is 2019 Ford Kuga. This is the compact SUV that will debut in 2019.
The C1 platform based SUV is also sold in some markets such as North America as the Ford Escape. Of late, the test model of 2019 Ford Kuga has been testing in a number of locations. The model is among popular vehicles sold by Ford and the updates are moderate. Upon release, it will lock horns with rivals like Peugeot 3008 and Seat Ateca.
2019 Ford Kuga Exterior and Interior Looks Attractive
The images of the upcoming 2019 Ford Kuga give a clear indication of the design styling. Compared to the existing version this model sports edgy and enticing styling.
The hexagonal grille gets a metal treatment and led headlamps to appear a little more sleek and menacing. The alloy wheels augment the looks too.
The cabin of the newest Ford Kuga SUV will be spacious and is focused on ergonomics. The cabin will be large enough to accommodate 5 adults. Cargo space will be better in this version and small item storage options will get a boost too. It will be offered in a few trims. It will natively support GPS, Smartphone OS and Bluetooth. You get quite a few USB ports in the cabin and a premium sound system and sunroof may be offered as an option. The new Sync 3 infotainment setup is likely to be offered with a larger touch screen unit.
2019 Ford Kuga ST model
The model that will be also in the offer is the ST model. This model will be similar to the original model, with minimal changes that are visible. The model will possess an attractive body, unique grill, stout nose, extended roofline. Also, this model will come with tons of black exterior details that will give this SUV more sportier appearance.
Some of the exterior features that are painted are upper grille that comes with Ebony Black paint and also rear skid plate, roof rails, roof spoiler and honeycomb grille insert is finished with a glossy look. However, the Ford ST badge will sit on the grill.
Furthermore, the “sports mesh” hexagonal fog lamps are also new and attractive. Also, in this model, we can see black colors around the windows. It comes with 18-inch unique alloy wheels with gloss black color. However, one can upgrade to 19-inches wheels optionally.
As for the interior, this model will give better and sportier seats. The seats will be offer with leather and it will get the requisite contrast stitching on the shift boot and the steering wheel. For the infotainment system, this model will get a touch screen that will make driving simpler and safer.
Under the hood of this model is the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost unit with AWD system. This engine is capable to make 179 horsepower. The main competitors of this model are Nissan Juke Nismo RS and Mazda CX-3.
The 2019 Ford Kuga is expected to come with a number of modern safety technologies and it will also get enough amenities to impress the target buyers.
Some of the features that will include are Roll Stability Control (RSC), Side airbags, Rearview camera, Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and Child safety rear door locks.
2019 Ford Kuga Engine Options
Ford has not said anything with certainty on the exact type of engines will be in the 2019 Ford Kuga SUV. However, the new lineup of the company’s EcoBoost engines will be under the hood. A hybrid of PHEV version may be out later as well.
This is expected since Ford is keen on introducing more cars with hybrid engines. Furthermore, the ride quality of this SUV will be top notch. We expect 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine that will produce 148 horsepower. This engine will come with FWD system as standard. The next one from some speculation will be 1.5-liter TDCi. This one will make around 120 horsepower.
However, we also expect two more diesel model that will be more powerful. The first one is a 2.0-liter unit with 148 horsepower and the second one 2.0-liter TDCi that delivers 177-horsepower.
2019 Ford Kuga Price and Availability
The base trim price of 2019 Ford Kuga is likely to be around $27,486. However, the ST model will start at $34,079. It may hit the roads in late 2018.
Summing it up
The upcoming 2019 Ford Kuga is an impressive compact SUV that gets most things in place. The new edgy exterior styling will impress most buyers and the cabin also gets its share of changes. While Ford has not said which engines will sit under its hood, the new Ecoboost engines are likely contenders.
The 2019 Ford Kuga also scores fairly well in safety and amenities. Pricing wise, it may lose out to some segment rivals but buyers eventually get enough value for what they churn out.