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Ford has debuted the 2013 Ford Escape at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show and it’s was previewed by the Vertrek concept at the 2011 Detroit motor show last January, with the production version carrying over obvious visual links but inevitably toned down for the showroom.
“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, Ford’s vice president for Global Product Development. “Ford understands that more people every year are looking at vehicles like Escape, and we want to give them even more reasons to buy.”
Ford says the new 2013 Ford Escape
will offer more boot space and larger overall cargo space than its predecessor. The cabin is significantly improved with higher quality materials and nicer switchgear. The boot holds 34.3 cubic feet (971 liters) of luggage, but that can be expanded to 68.1 cubic feet (1,928 liters) with the rear seats folded down.
Besides a completely new design, the new 2013 Ford Escape also gets some new engines. The 2.5 litre NA unit will offer 168 hp and 226 Nm, while the 2.0 EcoBoost will have 237 hp and 338 Nm, and the 1.6 EcoBoost 173 hp and 240 Nm. All three engine choices are mated to a SelectShift Automatic six-speed, which for the EcoBoost mills are specially calibrated. The gearbox features revised gear ratios and a new torque converter for improved driving feel and smoother shifts.
Pricing and details weren’t shared at the revealing, but the 2013 Ford Escape will be launched next year and the European Kuga will be introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013.
Photo 2013 Ford Escape