Whether you call it Kuga or Escape it does not matter any longer. However it wasn’t like that prior to. Ford presented its compact SUV in 2000 under Escape name, while Kuga emerged in 2008, right after the 2nd generation of American Escape debuted. Kuga was a simply European thing, sharing definitely nothing with American brother or sister, not even platform, nor the engines. It was likewise aesthetically so various that you just extremely think that they originate from the very same brand name if someone got rid of the badges. However after “blue oval” executed “One Ford” method, we might state that Kuga and Escape fell under the melting pot just to surface area as one consistent item. However, that is not real. The present generation of Kuga/Escape is a basic development of European model, keeping previous gen Kuga’s platform and providing next chapter of its style language. 2019 Ford Kuga
2019 Ford Kuga Review, Rumors
Remarkably. It appears that Americans are more enamored with European made Escape than real Europeans are. For previous 3 years, Escape was offered in over 300k systems every year, which are much higher figures than those accomplished in the past, likewise now permitting it to join other sections bestsellers (RAV4, CR-V and Rogue).
On the old continent, it broke 100k limit for previous 2 years, which is great however not excellent. Anyhow, existing generation debuted in 2012 and as it has some miles under its belt replacement is approaching in kind of 2019 Ford Kuga.
When it comes to understandings of American readers change that 2019 Ford Kuga to 2020 Ford Escape (marvelous be the creation of “model year” concept), and all stated bellow will obtain both of them.
Engine and Specs
Exactly what does the report state? Presently, the only feasible report originates from German Auto Bild publication which declares that those are supported by expert source.
That source declares that brand-new Kuga will continue to utilize the very same platform as Focus, albeit it will be a brand-new one. It will debut with brand-new Focus which must show up in 2018 for 2019 model year, or one year prior to Kuga does, which will provide us more insight into exactly what to anticipate from upcoming SUV. Report even more inform us that plug-in hybrid remains in preparation, with powertrain included three-cylinder gas engine providing 150 hp and 118 hp worth of electrical motor.
This PHEV becomes part of current Ford’s method that will likewise bring hybrid variations of Mustang, F-150, Expedition, in addition to Lincoln MKC and Navigator. Undoubtedly, Europe will see none of those apart from Kuga and perhaps Mustang.
There are some out there strolling the Internet, however they do not inform anything. Considering that brand-new Kuga remains in early phases of advancement, test mule leans on existing body, just exposing extended measurements. Which would be proper as brand-new platform will bring extra inches for the sake of interior area.
When it comes to visual side of it, we might just turn to pure thinking. Remembering that brand-new Fiesta debuted with simply milder styling advancement (it hasn’t gotten here in the United States yet), possibly exact same is kept for brand-new Kuga.
Definitely, more will be clear when brand-new Focus breaks the cover, most likely determining some styling touches for other brand name’s designs.
There is another report originating from the German publication and it’s a hot(ish) one. Presumably Ford prepares to present RS variation of Kuga predestined to improve 280 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque (380 Nm), which is amazing news due to the total absence of mad mainstream compact crossover variations, while subcompact class conceals gems like Soul Turbo and Juke Nismo.
The only thing that serves as a spoiler is that presently readily available turbocharged 2.0-liter L4 provides 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of twist (372 Nm), which is not far from apparently anticipated RS characters.
Additionally, Focus with RS lettering produces 350 hp, even 370 with Mountune upgrade for today time, which will undoubtedly increase with a brand-new generation. So, be careful Ford of watering down RS’s eminence! ST label fits completely to expected figures.