Front-wheel drive is standard, and buyers can get an all-new intelligent all-wheel drive system optional with either EcoBoost engine.
Interestingly, Ford says it expects the two EcoBoost engines to account for 90 percent of the sales of the 2013 Escape.
Of note to buyers looking for an Escape Hybrid, it’s been killed off. The 2012 model year is the last one for the Escape Hybrid. Ford is transferring its hybrid efforts to the upcoming five-seat C-Max small minivan.
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Safety is among the primary considerations for buyers of small crossovers and with the 2013 Ford Escape, the Dearborn, Michigan automaker aims to deliver.
Ford says the Escape has been crash tested 5,000 times in real and virtual testing with the goal of improving the crossover’s safety. The Escape has four times as much advanced high-strength steel and ultra-high-strength steel as the outgoing model.
Also new is an enhanced Personal Safety System with seven airbags and new safety belt technologies, including new side airbags that deploy lower in the pelvis area in addition to the chest, and feature new venting technology that’s exclusive in the small SUV segment.
The well-received Ford Active Park Assist system helps take away the worries over parallel parking. The driver simply pushes a button to activate the system and Active Park Assist evaluates if the parking space is big enough and then automatically steers the Escape into it if it is. All the driver needs to do is accelerate and brake as necessary.
Two other key safety technologies are available in the Escape: Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), paired with cross-traffic alert.
The 2013 Ford Escape will go on sale next year, but no pricing or information on trim levels or packages is yet available.