A new Ford Kuga is in the works according to our latest spy shots, with the firm’s next mid-size SUV caught by our spy photographers during early on-road testing.
Though recently updated and kicking off 2018 as the UK’s seventh best selling car, the current Kuga is five years old this year, and with manufacturers seeing big growth in the SUV segment, Ford is in need of fresh metal. An onslaught of new rivals in recent times, with arrivals including the SEAT Ateca, Skoda Karoq and Peugeot 3008, make a new model imperative.
Though there’s very little to glean from these spy shots, we can see that current Kuga bodywork has been adapted to fit over the fresh underpinnings, drawing attention to where the car will change.
It’s likely that the next Kuga will share its platform with the soon to be revealed fourth-generation Focus, and a slight increase in size is on the cards, as hinted at by the longer rear overhang and extended wheel arches. The styling will be influenced by the next Focus too, feeding off the all-new design language that model is expected to usher in.
Inside, expect the latest Ford interior package. That means a more horizontally actuated design for the dashboard, with a trademark floating tablet style infotainment display perched atop the centre console.
It’s quite likely that the next Kuga will sport a hybrid powertrain option too. Ford recently announced plans to significantly invest in electrification, and will spend almost £8bn in a bid to introduce 40 electrified vehicles including full EVs across various markets by 2022. A fully electric compact SUV is high on the firm’s list of priorities too, though it’s unlikely that this will be a Kuga EV.
With the current Kuga marking the mid-way point of its life with a facelift early last year, it will be a few years yet before the next-generation model arrives in showrooms, with a reveal in 2020 likely.