Ford Kuga debuts at Geneva

5 Mar, 2012 6:00pm Sam Hardy

The new Ford Kuga has made its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show

The new Ford Kuga will be hoping to 'kick' its rivals into touch – thanks to a new hands-free boot opening system.

The new VW Tiguan-rivalling 4x4 made its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and Ford revealed it gets a clever automatic tailgate that can be closed or opened just by waving a foot under the bumper.

Video: Watch our video of the new Kuga at Geneva

The system is designed to make loading the car easier when you have your hands full.

Other highlights include Ford's SYNC connectivity system, which allows Bluetooth music streaming and voice-activation, automatic parallel parking and blind spot warning.

The second-generation Kuga is also more spacious than its predecessor, with more rear seat room and a boot that's 82-litres larger than its predecessor, at 442 litres.

Under the bonnet, the 2.0 TDCi diesel comes with either 138bhp or 161bhp. A 1.6-litre EcoBoost turbo petrol will also be available. The Kuga comes with four-wheel drive and Torque Vectoring as standard.

Prices should start at around £21,000 when sales begin in early 2013.

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Come on Ford - launch something like the Iosis X - no doubt this will be a great handling dynamic 4x4 but it doesn't look a patch on the current one at the back end and looks out of proportion. Shane you didn't take the opportunity to do something a bit more special.

I bet Land Rover are quaking in their shoes at the sight of this.

Blander than the current car and just as pointless. Well done Ford, well done.

That is one boring looking SUV, and what's with the choice of bile-beige for the Ford showcars this year? Disgusting.

I guess they are mainly aiming at the U.S. market with this model.
I still prefer the previous/current generation being more muscular and more distinctive.
This new one is quite indifferent in design.
Not as attractive as the current one.

How could you look at the hideous nose of the new Focus - and then decide to reproduce it on this model. Ford are barking mad!