The Ford Escape, America’s best-selling SUV, will raise the
bar even higher with the debut of an all-new model with new exclusive
features and fuel economy projected to top any vehicle of its kind on the
“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.
“Escape is America’s best-selling utility vehicle, and the
Ford team has worked hard to make sure we deliver even more of what small SUV
owners really want,” Kuzak said.
An array of clever technologies adds to the new Escape’s
versatility, helping make life easier for its owners. A few key features
•An available hands-free power liftgate brings new technology to
the SUV market and is enabled by motion technology used in today’s video game
systems. A gentle kicking motion under the center of the rear bumper activates,
unlocks and raises the liftgate when the driver has the Escape key fob. This
allows quick and easy access to the cargo area without needing to set down
packages or dig out keys. The same process closes the hatch.
•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.
Upgraded system includes new look, making 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 system detects an available
parallel parking space and automatically steers the vehicle into the space. Drivers control only the gas and brake pedals.
•Maneuvering parking lots and traveling open roadways becomes even
safer and less stressful with Escape’s sensor-based BLIS® (Blind Spot
Information System) with cross-traffic alert. BLIS displays an alert in the
side mirror when a vehicle is detected entering a blind spot. Cross-traffic alert warns if traffic is detected approaching from the sides, such as when
Escape is leaving a parking space in reverse.
Escape offers Ford’s broadest nameplate range of EcoBoost®
engine choices yet. Strong fuel economy comes from either the available
2.0-liter EcoBoost engine or 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, which makes its
American debut in the new Escape.
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 in North America is an updated
2.5-liter, giving the new Escape a comprehensive lineup of four-cylinder
offerings. It also is matched to a SelectShift Automatic six-speed.
Plus, the new Escape’s active grille shutter system, which
is on all models with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost and 2.5-liter four-cylinder
engines, reduces wind resistance. Grille slats stay open when extra engine
cooling air is required, such as low-speed stop-and-go driving. When cruising
on the highway at steady speeds, the grille slats automatically close to
improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.
Stowing and towing are even easier in the new five-passenger
Escape, thanks to a low liftover 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 flat load floor.
Using new advanced software and sensors, the new Intelligent
4WD System analyzes data from 25 external signals, including wheel speed,
accelerator pedal position and steering wheel angle, assessing road conditions
and driver input 20 times faster than the blink of an eye.
The system uses all the sensor inputs to turn the vehicle in
the direction the driver wants it to go. Intelligent 4WD builds on the
pre-emptive actions by adding and subtracting torque as needed through an