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2013 Ford Escape

Launched in 2011, the Ford Escape has shortly become America’s best-selling SUV. For the 2013 model year, Ford has raised the bar even higher with the debut of an all-new model that features 11 new exclusive features and an improved fuel economy. The new Escape made its world debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show and will be sold worldwide starting in 2012.

"We call our all-new Ford Escape the ‘Smarter Utility Vehicle’ because it offers the strengths that customers today really value – fuel economy, versatility and new technology that makes driving and living with the vehicle easier and more fun – all wrapped in a sleek, more modern design," said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Devel Devel opment. ’Ford understands that more people every year are looking at vehicles like Escape, and we want to give them even more reasons to buy."

Initially, Ford will offer the Escape with three four-cylinder gasoline engines, with the 1.6- and 2.0-liter options boasting of EcoBoost technology. A hybrid variant has yet to be announced.

UPDATE 01/26/11: There’s no doubt that the Ford Escape has quickly become one of the most popular models in Ford’s fleet. So it isn’t all that surprising that the 2013 Escape is quickly ascending the ranks of some of the hottest buys you can make. If you’re already in the process of doing so, you can hop over to the Ford website and tinker with the newly-released online configurator for the Escape. If you’re still on the fence, then the configurator may be all you need to make the jump.

Hit the jump for details on the 2013 Ford Escape.

Exterior

Ford Escape

For the 2013 model year, the five-passenger Ford Escape will combine traditional SUV cues with modern execution, upgraded materials, and precise craftsmanship. It is also nearly 10 per cent more aerodynamic than the outgoing model with the use of the active grille shutter system. This system - available on the 1.6-liter EcoBoost and 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines - reduces wind resistance by opening its grille slats to help cool the engine during low-speed stop-and-go driving. When cruising on the highway at steady speeds, the grille slats automatically close to improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.

The new Ford Escape is available in a new Ginger Ale color, as well as the usual Ruby Red, White Platinum Tricoat, Frosted Glass Metallic, Deep Impact Blue, Kodiak Brown, Tuxedo Black, Sterling Gray Metallic, Ingot Silver Metallic, and Oxford White.

Interior

Ford Escape

The interior for the Escape has received a soft-touch instrument panel; wrapped, padded, and stitched door armrests; deep padding on console armrests; and soft upper roll on doors. As an option, customers can also get leather-trimmed sport seats with piping on bolster area and contrast stitching.

The 2013 Ford Escape will offer 68.1 cubic feet of space behind the first row and 34.3 cubic feet behind the second row. The rear seats can be folded flat and the head restraints can be folded down with the touch of a button. Space is also extended with the available two-position load floor, which be configured to allow the customer to choose among maximum luggage volume or flat load floor.

Technology

Ford Escape
  • Available hands-free power liftgate
  • SYNC with MyFord Touch
  • Active Park Assist
  • Sensor-based BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert
  • Curve Control: Automatically slows the vehicle when it’s cornering too fast.
  • Torque Vectoring Control: Helps accelerate through a turn.

Engine

Ford Escape

In North America, the Escape will be offered with an updated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine matched to a SelectShift Automatic six-speed. Next to it, Ford will also offer a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine and a 2.0-liter EcoBoost unit. These last two engines will combine EcoBoost’s direct injection core technologies and turbocharging, as well as add twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) to deliver even better mileage.

The new Ford will also be offered with a new Intelligent 4WD System that analyzes data from 25 external signals, including wheel speed, accelerator pedal position, and steering wheel angle. This data is then analyzed to asses road conditions and driver input, and turn the vehicle in the direction needed. The 4WD system adds and subtracts torque as needed through an electromagnetic clutch.

Prices

The new Ford Escape will go on sale in early 2012. Prices will be announced at a later date.

Competition

Ford Escape

Competition for the 2013 Ford Escape exists in the Toyota RAV-4 and the Honda CR-V . Compared to these models, the Escape has the advantage of an improved appearance and a new range of options. Then again, it’s only a matter of time before the competition catches up in these areas.

The 2011 RAV4 is offered in three distinct grades – Base, Sport, and top-of-the-line Limited – and with a choice between a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a V6. Power for these engines ranges from 179 HP to 269 HP. The 2011 CR-V is powered by a 2.4-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine that delivers 180 HP at 6,800 rpm and 161 lb-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm.

Ford Escape
LOVE IT
  • Aerodynamic changes aid fuel economy
  • New Intelligent 4WD System
  • Increased interior room
LEAVE IT
  • No hybrid just yet
  • There’s nothing to make the Escape stand out from the rest



18 comments:

Really suitable for a family, especially with children. And I think the price is ok.

I would definitely go up my children in this car to take them to schoolsmiley

nice model. i find it very appropriate for a family car.

I wear a real respect from Ford for the current model, which I think is the most beautiful compact SUV segment. But I confess that I do not like the next generation. it’s just my opinion, but I would not buy it!

I drive a Mercedes made ​​in 2001 which has a similar System. Plus he really does not let you accelerate whatever you press on the pedal...

It looks very boring. However, I’m still impressed with the fact that it is so practical to use for everyday transportation and very reliable on the road. Anyway, I hope that its engine is already good enough on it.

Its new 4WD system seems great also and I like the comfortable interior of this SUV. However, I’m too disappointed on its engine.

Escape is really a good-looking vehicle, if they use a lighter and more appropriate body paint on it. Anyway, I would still prefer a Mercedes or a Lincoln SUV than on this Ford. Moreover, its engine specs in not satisfying at all.

I love the style of this Ford Escape! It looks very elegant on that. However, I don’t think that matte red color is already stunning on this. Anyway, I hope that its engine is truly good enough on it.

It looks more aggressive with its car lines on its front hood. Moreover, it’s a good thing that it has a powerful and efficient engine that is only fitted for an SUV vehicle like this.

It looks cooler and classy on a red body paint! smiley Anyway, Ford is really one of the best SUV today and this one is absolutely so awesome! I’m just quite curious about its engine.

Yeah! It really looks so aggressive on its mileage, and I also love the exclusivity and luxury interior of this SUV. However, I have to agree that its competitor is more powerful than on it.

It looks like the Lincoln MKS on the design of its front bumper. However, this Escape is more looks so elegant for me. smiley I love the way how they perfectly add the classy appearance of it aside from having an aggressive look.

I admit escape is really so striking with its looks most especially with its interior, which is very spacious and cozy! I also love its new intelligent 4WD system of it. That was already awesome for this one.

Ford Escape had the same platform and styling with Lincoln MKS vehicle but despite that I can say that it still looks so impressive and attractive on me. Its technology seems great either.

The mileage that this Escape had been only made this van more looks so elegant, and I love the angst that it brings with it. Anyway, I hope that its six speed four-cylinder engines could really give a better performance on it.

A copy of the Rav-4 entire a/b/c pilars front and rear fascia with Ford themes and including the center stack waterfall design cue! Seems like Martin Smith showing some flattery to the Toyota European design team!

I love its front mileage. It looks so cool and elegant with that! Anyway, its new 4WD system seems great also and I like the comfortable interior of this SUV. However, I’m too disappointed on its engine.

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