The Ford Escape Hybrid was the world’s first hybrid-electric SUV and was awarded the 2005 North American Truck of the Year prize. Joined by the Lexus RX 400h, Toyota Highlander and Mercury Mariner, the 2007 Escape Hybrid is among the cleanest and most fuel-efficient SUVs in the world, combining the fuel economy and emissions benefits of a “full” hybrid with the go-anywhere capability, toughness and spaciousness of an SUV.
Ford is undertaking an 8-city, cross-country tour to promote hybrid technology. The tour starts today in Chicago, where Ford officials will present the city with a Ford Escape Hybrid taxi for demonstration and evaluation. The goal of such evaluations by high-profile city taxi fleets – and grueling taxi duty – is to create awareness of Ford’s hybrid leadership, and underscore the durability of the technology. “The Escape Hybrid taxi program is an exciting collaboration between car makers, (...) More
Not long after the arrival this fall of the 2007 Edge, Ford dealers will also get a new edition of the Escape, the brand’s long-running crossover utility vehicle. Due next spring, the new Escape may be marketed as an early 2008 model, along with a freshened version of its companion, the Mercury Mariner. Ford is upgrading the cabin with better-quality materials and more features. Like Audi, Ford has been hard at work implementing a new “corporate face” on all of its vehicles. Whether it’s the (...) More
Since their first appearance together during Super Bowl XL, millions of people have gotten to know Kermit the Frog as the official spokesfrog for the Ford Escape Hybrid. The world’s most famous amphibian and the most fuel-efficient SUV on earth will team up again for a special appearance on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition this Sunday night on ABC. With the series leader, Ty Pennington, in the Gulf States helping with hurricane relief, Kermit will take over as guest host and present the Todd (...) More
The 2007 Escape loses its Jay Leno proboscis in favor of a more restrained and upscale nose, featuring a riff on the Blue Oval’s signature three-bar grille. A new hood and revamped bumper, along with chrome-ringed four-element headlamps are also featured. Uplevel XLT Sport and Limited trim levels benefit from reworked circular fogs and a restyled front skid plate, the latter of which receives turn-signal side mirrors.
Early sightings of the Escape in various states of undress left us puzzled, as its bodysides seemed to go more car-like (without its usual chunky side cladding), while its front-end seemed to be more truckish (with its thicker egg-crate grille). Seeing the whole package nearly uncovered, the styling of the new Escape looks much more harmonious than we originally thought. The Ford Edge heavily influences the look of the new Escape, but Ford has shied away from the Fusion-inspired three-bar (...) More
Fresh from its 2005-model-year redesign, the fun, agile and durable Ford Escape enters 2006 with exp and ed availability of its new four-cylinder engine and two new paint colors. Escape’s style, roominess, fuel-economy and affordability continue to make it the segment leader. It is geared to active singles and couples, first-time SUV buyers, and those who desire SUV qualities in a more compact, fuel efficient package.
Kermit the Frog, celebrated actor, author, singer, journalist and expert on all things green, will appear in a new integrated marketing campaign for the Ford Escape Hybrid that will debut during the second quarter of Super Bowl XL on Feb. 5. In the 30-second ad spot developed for Super Bowl XL by JWT Detroit, Ford’s advertising agency of record, Kermit will encounter the Escape Hybrid – the world’s first hybrid SUV – while exploring the great outdoors. The full story line will be kept secret (...) More
An innovative new hybrid research vehicle being developed by Ford Motor Company has a dual mission: help reduce U.S. dependence on imported oil while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. At the Washington Auto Show, Ford unveiled the Ford Escape Hybrid E85, a research vehicle marrying two petroleum-saving technologies – hybrid electric power and flexible-fuel capability. Escape Hybrid E85 is the world’s first hybrid vehicle capable of operating on blends of fuel containing as much as 85 (...) More
The Ford Escape Hybrid, launched in 2004, is a gas-electric hybrid powered version of the Ford Escape, sport utility vehicle, developed by the Ford Motor Company. Built in Kansas City, Missouri, it is the first hybrid SUV to hit the market. A similar vehicle, the Mercury Mariner Hybrid is sold by Ford’s Mercury marque, and a third variation, the Mazda Tribute Hybrid, will be sold by Mazda starting in 2006.