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New Ford Kuga revealed with hybrid tech

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Most impressive of this new Kuga's engine options is the 2.5-litre petrol hybrid.

Taking on Ford's latest corporate design - as seen on the most recent Focus and Fiestas - the Kuga boasts three electrified variants at launch, ushering in the next era of hybrids for the brand.

"It will be our very first electrified model for Australia", he said.

Of the 16 electrified models announced this week at the Go Electric event in Amsterdam, Netherlands, of particular interest to Australia were the EcoBoost Hybrid versions of the Fiesta light vehicle - soon to be discontinued locally in non-ST form - and Focus small auto.

The final hybrid model - a so-called mild hybrid, which also doesn't need to be plugged in - uses 48V electric technology to lightly boost the efficiency of the car's 2.0-litre diesel engine to deliver 56.5mpg and 132g/km of CO2.

In addition to the hybrids, there is also a regular EcoBlue model that packs a 190 PS version of the 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine, as well as a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine that offers between 120 PS and 150 PS depending on the state of tune.

As a result, the Fiesta's claimed fuel consumption is 4.9 litres per 100 kilometres and carbon dioxide emissions are 112 grams per kilometre, while the Focus manages 4.7L/100km and 106g/km respectively.

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The mild hybrid system uses a fuel-saving Atkinson-cycle engine - similar to the Toyota Prius - in conjunction with a small electric motor working to fill in the gaps in the performance curve left by the petrol engine. Two distinct variants available on 2020 Ford Explorer PHEV are ST-Line and Platinum.

The 1.5L EcoBoost engine, which is also new, will be Ford's first engine offering a cylinder deactivation system to be available in North America.

A second hybrid version, which offers no plug-in range, will follow next year with Carbon dioxide emissions from 130g/km and either two or four-wheel drive - rivalling the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 hybrids. Featuring an integrated electric motor/generator system and 14.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the Kuga plug-in hybrid's total system output is 168kW.

It also unveiled a Transit Smart Energy Concept, a 10-seater minibus, developed by engineers at Ford's Merkenich Technical Center in Germany.

"If you want a vehicle that can turn heads on Friday night, and swallow your flat-pack furniture easily on Saturday afternoon, then you've found it". That would require a vehicle that might have a mid-200-mile range.

"This new vehicle performs like no other Escape before".

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