Ford has added a full-hybrid variant of its Kuga compact SUV in Europe to better compete against Japanese rivals, including hybrid leader Toyota and a newcomer planned by Nissan.
The Kuga Hybrid uses a parallel hybrid set-up that recharges a 1.1 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack from brake regeneration or from the vehicle's 2.5-liter gasoline engine, Ford said in a statement.
The new model can drive under battery power alone for short distances, but mainly uses electric power to assist the gasoline engine to improve fuel economy and emissions.
The Kuga Hybrid has CO2 emissions from 125 grams per kilometer under the WLTP cycle, which improves on the 132g/km figure for both the 2.0-liter diesel version with mild-hybrid assistance and the 1.5-liter diesel.
The lowest emitting Kuga remains the 32g/km plug-in hybrid version, which Ford had to recall after suffering problems with the Samsung-supplied battery packs.
The hybrid is available in a range of trim levels depending on the market and costs from 32,390 euros ($38,500) in Germany in mid-level Titanium, the entry specification for the model there.
The full-hybrid model undercuts the plug-in hybrid in Germany, which costs 35,990 euros for the same Titanium spec and costs slightly more than the 2.0-liter EcoBlue mild-hybrid diesel at 29,490 euros, also in Titanium spec.
Some markets also offer an all-wheel-drive version, but an awd version will not be sold in the UK, Ford's biggest European market.