allcarschannel The Ford Kuga Compact SUV now comes in the top-of-the-line Titanium X Sport version for the United Kingdom. The Kuga is the leading variant of Ford’s extending SUV range that also includes the small EcoSport and soon-to-be-available Edge Premium SUV. (click to enlarge)

For the Kuga Titanium X Sport, Ford has fitted a more trendy styling to the overall impression, as well as standard premium and technology features. The sporty SUV’s exterior elements include a complete body kit which encompasses body color front, side and rear skirts, spoiler, wheel arches, door claddings, lower center silver skid plate, a rear diffuser, silver roof rails, power fold mirrors, and 19-inch 5×2-spoke alloy wheels.

Ford Kuga Titanium X Sport features hands-free tailgate for the first time in mid-sized SUVs

Among its styling, safety and convenience options is Ford Kuga’s hands-free tailgate; the first to be offered on a medium-sized SUV in Europe. The £350 option on Kuga Titanium X Sport and Titanium X, which includes keyless opening, enables customers to open the boot without using their hands, but by a gentle kicking motion under the rear bumper. This convenient feature is an ingenious solution to make everyday lives easier, and one tailored for the new top-end Ford Kuga customers.

The hands-free tailgate system employs two sensors in the rear bumper that register the driver’s leg and respond to the kicking motion. This is to ensure that the automated tailgate won’t activate by mistake or accident.

The Kuga Titanium X Sport inherits an impressive list of other standard equipment such as opening panorama roof, heated front Torino leather seats and 10-way powered driver’s seat. Additionally, a Sony DAB audio system with satellite navigation and rear view camera as well as Privacy glass are included for that premium effect.

The introduction of a Kuga Titanium X Sport, with 1.6 EcoBoost petrol (150/182PS) or 2.0 TDCi petrol (140/163PS) engines, was prompted by high demand for the Titanium series, which accounted for 80 per cent of sales.

Ford Kuga Titanium X series takes on dependable Active safety features and more

The Ford Kuga regular and X ranges feature Active Park Assist, Active City Stop, and All-Wheel Drive that pre-emptively reassesses conditions 20 times faster than it takes to blink an eye, readjusting the power split to give the driver the best blend of handling and traction.

The all-wheel-drive Kuga Titanium X Sport, priced at £28,345, goes on sale at Ford dealerships in the U.K.