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 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
The new Ford Escape will go on sale in early 2012. Prices will be announced at a later date.
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.
- Aerodynamic changes aid fuel economy
- New Intelligent 4WD System
- Increased interior room
- No hybrid just yet
- There’s nothing to make the Escape stand out from the rest