New 2013 Ford Kuga unveiled

Ford has updated the compact SUV for 2012 with a new design based heavily on the Vertrek concept car revealed last year at the Geneva Motor Show.

This year the production-ready version has arrived and it comes with more practicality than previous generations of the SUV.

The boot space has been expanded to 442 litres, 82 litres more than the current Kuga and it can be accessed by a unique kick-activated system. Simply kick below the rear bumper and the tailgate will open, says Ford.

As with all new cars such as the new Ford Focus and Ford C-Max, the Kuga gets next-generation engine technology. This includes a 2.0-litre diesel in 140PS and 163PS outputs with the former expected to be the lowest-cost engine in the range on the road.

The Ford Kuga also gets the latest in petrol engine technology in the form of the 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine. Designed to offer the power of a larger engine but the fuel economy of a smaller unit, the EcoBoost is one of the most ground-breaking petrol engines on the market today.

The Ford Kuga also comes with an all-wheel drive system in keeping with the SUV tradition of off-roading and Ford says it monitors conditions and adapts to them automatically.

Inside, Ford says the new Kuga will have a more ‘executive feel’ and modern design. It will include the latest in Ford’s in-car technology including the new SYNC system set to debut on the new Ford B-Max this year.

This means it will come with voice activation, automatic emergency assistance in the event of an accident, Bluetooth and a touch screen showing entertainment and navigation information.

The new Ford Kuga will go on sale in the UK in 2013 at Perrys Ford dealerships and Ford Kuga prices will be announced closer to the launch date.