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The top-of-the-line engine, the one to get if you need the maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds, is the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four first offered in the 2012 Ford Edge and Explorer.

This is the engine that will compete directly with the high-end V-6 engines offered in competing vehicles. It too delivers its power through the six-speed automatic.

More electronic stability systems

Ford expects the two EcoBoost options to account for 90 percent of all 2013 Escape sales. Both engines come with an active grille shutter that blocks airflow through the grille if it's not needed to cool the engine. That reduces drag at speed, further improving fuel economy.

Front-wheel drive is standard, and an all-new intelligent all-wheel drive system is optional with either EcoBoost engine. It continuously varies torque both front to rear and between the two front drive wheels, to maximize stability during accelerating and cornering.

The Curve Control system also contributes to stability and safe driving, by detecting when the vehicle is entering a turn too fast, and braking the inside wheels as needed to slow the car to a safer speed.

Clever features that customers want

Among the new features that Ford believes will convince buyers to opt for the new Escape are an optional hands-free power liftgate that's operated by waving a foot under the center of the rear bumper. The person doing so must keep the key fob in a pocket to trigger the system, however.

2013 Ford Escape

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Sensors see the motion--and are said to be able to distinguish it from, say, an animal running under the bumper--and open the power liftgate, after a pause to allow the person to step back safely.

The 2013 Ford Escape will be fitted with the latest version of the MyFordTouch system, which lets drivers operate the climate control, navigation, mobile phone, and sound systems with voice commands, steering wheel controls, or a mixture of both.

Parking Assist, Blind Spot warning

Ford's well-reviewed Active Park Assist system is another optional convenience feature. Pressing a button directs the system to evaluate an empty parking space, and steer the Escape into the space automatically if it's large enough--with the driver only having to accelerate and brake as it does so.

Also available is a Blind-Spot Information System, which alerts drivers when another vehicle is within the Escape's blind spot--potentially preventing dangerous lane changes into a vehicle the driver can't see.

It's paired with cross-traffic alert, which scans for vehicles coming toward the Escape from the side--while the driver is reversing out of a parking space, for instance--and signals the driver if so.

The 2013 Ford Escape will go on sale next year. Ford has not released trim levels, option packages, or any pricing. Meanwhile, the outgoing 2012 Escape will remain at dealers--so if you want an Escape Hybrid, now's the time to buy one.


 
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Comments (11)
  1. Ford is trying too hard again on the styling front. The old Escape is one of the few Fords I still like along with the Flex. Where is the diesel??????
     
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  2. Since diesel costs about 50 cents more per gallon than gasoline, I'd be surprised if there was enough demand to justify it.
     
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  3. You obviously have never driven a diesel and don't understand the advantages of a diesel even with a 50 cent penalty. I drive one and do understand. Ford doesn't.
     
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  4. Since diesel costs about 50 cents more per gallon than gasoline, I'd be surprised if there was enough demand to justify it.
     
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  5. Good looking vehicle. All the electronics make me nervous though, I am from that generation that the human though fallible is still best for me.
     
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  6. Ugh. Why couldn't Ford just bring over the Kuga as is? The design and wheels from the 2009 concept were great. Everything done to it since then has gone downhill. The only thing I like in any of the photo galleries is the woman's ass in gallery 2, picture 3. That I want. The car? Pfft.
     
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  7. From the side it looks like a ripoff of one of the small Jeeps.
     
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  8. Just not too sure about the instrument panel. It's irregular shape along with the vents might get some use to. This is where I think Ford tried too hard to be "different".
     
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  9. Now that's some cool styling! CR-V looks positively dowdy next to this missile. I would still prefer a diesel hybrid that gets 50+ MPG, but I guess I'll have to wait until next year.
     
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  10. No hybrid version? Another mistake from Ford. The current Escape Hybrid is a great vehicle and sells well. Younger buyers are not going to like the look of the future C-max Hybrid wagon styling.
     
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  11. I'm not too keen on the two jutting eyes on the instrument panel.
    A bit over done Ford don't ya think?
     
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