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Make sure that the standing area is stable and not slippery before performing the kick movement. Slipping may cause serious injuries or death.


Make sure that there is sufficient space above and at the rear of the vehicle before operating the tailgate. Insufficient opening space may result in damage to the vehicle.


Do not operate the tailgate if a cycle rack is fitted to the tailgate. Remove any cycles and/or racks before operating the tailgate.

Sensors are positioned within the outer parts of the rear bumper. The sensors recognize a valid kick below the bumper level and allow automatic opening or closing of the powered tailgate.

To operate the gesture tailgate, approach the vehicle and perform a smooth kick and return motion. This should last between 1 and 2 seconds and should take place within one of the vehicle's two sensor areas, as illustrated. When a valid kick movement is recognized by the vehicle, the turn signals flash and the tailgate operates.


The gesture action is a smooth kick and return motion, not a swipe motion.


If the vehicle’s electrical system is switched on, the tailgate operates but the turn signals do not flash.


A valid smart key must be within 47 in (1.2 m) of the tailgate. The smart key may not be detected if it is inside a metal container, or is shielded by a device with a back-lit LCD screen. For example a smartphone, laptop or games console. Keep the smart key clear of such devices when attempting hands-free operation of the powered tailgate.


Certain conditions may affect the performance of the sensors, and movement beneath the bumper may not be detected. If this should happen, use the interior tailgate button or the smart key's tailgate button. Check the operation of the gesture tailgate when the vehicle is in a new location.

Unintentional opening: In exceptional circumstances, and if the smart key is within 47 in (1.2 m) of the tailgate, the powered tailgate may open unintentionally due to the following:

  • Manual car washing or high pressure cleaning.

  • Moving objects beneath the rear bumper sensors.

  • While changing a rear road wheel.

  • While fitting snow chains to the rear wheels.


Make sure that the smart key is more than 47in (1.2 m) from the vehicle to prevent unintentional operation of the gesture tailgate when washing or working at the rear of the vehicle. Failure to do so may result in damage to the vehicle.