Six-cylinder and hybrid options escape from Ford lineup
Ford recently debuted the 2013 Escape at the Los Angeles Auto Show, according to the New York Times. The new model is sleeker, curvier and looks more like a car-based SUV than the boxier previous model. Ford displayed a similar concept called the Vertrek at the Detroit Auto Show this year, though the new Escape is basically the Ford Kuga that’s sold in Europe and Asia, according to CNN.
A big change is that Ford will no longer offer the 3-liter Duratec V-6 or a hybrid model. Instead, there will be three four cylinder engines on the 2013 Escape, the most basic of which will be a 2.5-liter motor on the base model which will produce about 168 horsepower. Two turbocharged EcoBoost engines will be available, a 174 horsepower 1.6-liter version and a 2.0-liter making about 237 horsepower. According to AutoBlog, mileage estimates aren’t available yet, but Ford estimates five more miles per gallon than the previous Escape.
Get a kick out of the tailgate
One of the most buzz-worthy new features is the new hands-free entry system for the rear door. The owner simply has to waive their foot under the bumper and the door will unlatch and lift. However, in order for the feature to work, the person shaking their foot about has to have the key fob on their person.
The 2013 Escape will also have the MyFord Touch system, which recently underwent a re-tooling. It will also come with a parking assist feature and, according to USA Today, Ford’s Sync system for wireless communications and a blind-spot protection system.
All models will come with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, though intelligent four-wheel drive will be available as an option.
Heavy on recycled parts
The new Escape also features a lot of recycled materials in the interior, according to CNN. Insulation used to muffle noise is made from scrap bits of cotton such as discarded clothing. The interior carpets are made from recycled plastics and other materials; 20 to 25 soda bottles are used to make the carpeting. The climate control system’s gaskets are made from recycled tires and the foam in the seats and headrests is made from soy. Ford estimates that up to 85 percent of the car will be recyclable once it comes time to toss it on the scrap heap.
It will arrive at dealerships, according to USA Today, sometime this spring.