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All-New Ford Escape aims to make owners’ lives easier

When the 2013 Ford Escape debuts, this all-new version of America’s best-selling SUV will boast 11 exclusive features and fuel economy that’s projected to top any vehicle of its kind on the market today.

“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 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.”

Sixty percent of Americans shopping for a vehicle next year will look at either a midsize car or small SUV, making Escape part of one of the most cross-shopped and fastest growing segments in the auto industry.

The new Escape delivers safety, economy and engaging experiences:

  • Such clever technologies as an available hands-free power liftgate that allows speedy access to the cargo area with the tap of a foot
  • Projected best fuel economy of any compact SUV, up to 5 mpg better than any previous Escape
  • Driving dynamics to make the experience more engaging on-road, with a new Ford Intelligent 4WD System that provides better traction off-road
  • Sleek new design, with better interior materials and more of the desired finishing touches
  • SYNC® with MyFord Touch® offers multiple ways for customers to manage and control information through voice commands, menus accessed through controls on the steering wheel, touch screens, buttons or knobs. The upgraded system’s new look makes phone, navigation, entertainment and climate controls even easier to use.
  • Parallel parking the Escape is virtually stress-free with active park assist. With the press of a button, the active park assist system detects an available parallel parking space and automatically steers the Escape into it. Stress-free and fun!
  • Escape’s sensor-based BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert raises the safety factors and lowers stress, whether on open highways or maneuvering around parking lots.
  • This is the first Ford SUV to make use of class-exclusive technology to automatically slow the vehicle when it’s cornering too fast (Curve Control) or help accelerate through a turn (Torque Vectoring Control). A new Intelligent 4WD System helps deliver outstanding handling on both pristine pavement and in adverse conditions, along with excellent traction off-road.

Spirited performance with outstanding fuel economy
Strong fuel economy comes from either the available 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine or 1.6- liter EcoBoost engine. Both new engines combine EcoBoost’s core technologies of direct fuel injection and turbocharging and add twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) to deliver even better miles per gallon and save customers money on fuel.

In Escape, EcoBoost engines are mated to specially calibrated, six-speed SelectShift Automatic™ transmissions, which are standard and allow drivers who want more hands-on experiences to manually control gear selection from a switch on the left-hand side of the shifter.

The gearbox features a new torque converter for improved driving feel, silky smooth shifts and even better fuel economy. Engineers also installed revised gear ratios for a balanced driving feel in all situations.

The standard engine, also matched to a SelectShift Automatic six-speed, is an updated 2.5-liter, giving the new Escape a comprehensive lineup of four-cylinder offerings.

Escape’s new sleeker design is nearly 10 percent more aerodynamic than the outgoing model. Plus, the slats on the active grille shutter system stay open when extra engine cooling air is required, such as low-speed stop-and-go driving. Cruising on the highway at steady speeds, slats automatically close to improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.

Versatility and capability come standard
Stowing and towing are even easier in the new five-passenger Escape, thanks to a low lift-over height of 27 inches, more innovations and cargo volume that surpasses the outgoing Escape – with 68.1 cubic feet of space behind the first row and 34.3 cubic feet behind the second row. The new Escape’s rear seats have been designed to fold flat easily. With the touch of a button, the head restraint folds down and with the lift of a handle on the seat, the seatback folds and dives as the seat folds flat and clicks into position.

Escape also features an available two-position load floor, which can be configured to allow the customer to choose among maximum luggage volume or a flat floor. Properly equipped, the all-new Escape maintains a trailer tow rating of 3,500.