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Plug-in hybrid joins new Ford Kuga range

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Ford has revealed the new Ford Kuga, including high-specification First Edition models arriving early next year. The Ford Kuga Zetec features FordPass Connect embedded mode, wireless charging and advanced driver assistance and safety features as standard.

The Ford Kuga Titanium First Edition features B&O premium audio system and driver’s assistance pack as standard including front and rear view cameras, Adaptive Cruise Control and Traffic Sign Recognition. Kuga First Editions are available with all powertrains including the 2.5-litre 222 bhp plug-in hybrid. The Titanium First Edition plug-in hybrid is available for £33,995 on the road, priced the same as 2.0-litre EcoBlue 187 bhp engine.

“The all-new Ford Kuga is our first passenger vehicle to offer plug-in hybrid technology, alongside a full line-up of other options to give our customers a comprehensive engine choice,” said Lisa Brankin, passenger vehicle director, Ford of Britain. “Matched with a contemporary design, advanced technology, driver assistance and safety features, the all-new Kuga represents the best in one package.”

The plug-in hybrid’s powertrain utilises a  2.5-litre Atkinson petrol engine that enables it to deliver fuel economy of 201mpg and NEDC CO2 emissions of 26g/km. The PHEV can operate on electric power only, enabling electric only driving for approximately 35 miles powered by the 14.4kWh battery pack.

Kuga First Editions are available in Titanium, ST-Line and ST-Line X trims, adding sporty interior and exterior design cues and sports suspension, with 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The ST-Line X First Edition includes Handsfree Power Tailgate, panoramic roof and 19-inch alloy wheels.

New Kuga’s five-star Euro NCAP crash protection rating is for petrol and diesel engines, with hybrid ratings to follow early next year.

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  1. I’ve got an ST-Line X PHEV version of these on order as a company car. Will replace a Golf GTD Estate, which has served me well – quick and economical. However, this government’s punitive treatment of diesels means that they’re no longer economical due to the BIK implications for company car users.

    My monthly tax bill for running a company car will reduce by around £180, which over the 48 months I’ll have it means I’ll be over £8,500 better off.

    A diesel would still make more sense for the longer journeys I do, but the economics just don’t stack up. Will miss that torque from 1,500 to around 3,500 rpm on the GTD though!

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