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.