Geneva motor show 2012: Ford Kuga

* All-new Kuga SUV revealed * On sale early next year from 22,000 * Available with new SYNC connectivity system...

Geneva motor show 2012: Ford Kuga

This is the all-new Ford Kuga, which makes its European debut at the Geneva motor show.

The new Kuga SUV goes on sale in the UK in early 2013 with an expected starting price of around 22,000. It is longer, more spacious and better equipped than the current Kuga and almost identical to the US-market Escape which was shown at the LA show last November.

However the European version has minor changes to the front end and interior.

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Three engine choices will be available at launch, all familiar from the Focus, two 2.0-litre diesels: one with 138bhp, the other 161bhp. It will also have a 148bhp 1.6-litre turbo petrol. Future power options could include hybrid and full-electric options.

As with the current Kuga, front-wheel-drive versions are likely to be the most popular, but range-topping versions will also have a new four-wheel-drive system which is said to react quicker to loss of traction and improve handling over the current car.

As well as extra rear seat space, the new Kuga also offers 442 litres of luggage capacity, 82 litres more than the current car. Theres also the cost-option of a hands-free tailgate, where you its possible to open the back by waving your foot under the rear bumper.

The Kuga also promises far more sophisticated in-car electronics, either as standard or on the options list.

Fords SYNC infotainment connectivity system will be available, as well a Blind Spot Information System which displays a warning light in the door mirror if theres a potential hazard when changing lanes.

Chas Hallett