Ford Focus Is Now Brand’s Only Passenger Car Available With a Diesel, as Kuga Crossover Goes Petrol-Only
Ford has cancelled diesel powertrain options for the Kuga out of a shift in demand to petrol and hybrid powertrains.
The Kuga is the second Ford model to lose its diesel engine in recent years, after the diesel-powered Fiesta, which was phased out in 2020.
Previously, the Kuga was available with either a 1.5- or 2.0-litre Ecoblue diesel engine with up to 187bhp. Instead, the Kuga now offers full hybrid and plug-in options alongside Ford’s 1.5-litre Ecoboost petrol engine.
“Petrol, full hybrid, and petrol plug-ins are the future and the demand,” a Ford spokesperson told Autos Community. “This move simplifies the Kuga’s powertrain range to help customers understand and navigate the increasing electrified engine options.”
Only 10% of Kuga sales were diesel engines, while hybrid and petrol options became more popular.
The change means that the only Ford car that continues to feature a diesel engine is the Focus, while the Fiesta, Ecosport, Puma, Kuga, Mondeo, S-Max and Galaxy all feature either petrol or hybrid engines.
Diesel models have fallen out of favour with UK motorists this year, with only 5.1% of new registrations in November 2021 being oil-burners, while electric car purchases continue to rise. As recently as 2014, the market share of diesel models was 50%.
Installation of plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) rose to 39.7% yearly, while electric battery models (BEVs) saw a 110% increase.
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