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Friday, 27 April 2012

New Ford Escape 2013 coming to Malaysia


2013 Ford Escape Front Three Quarters
Twelve years after it entered the market as a family-friendly, reasonably sized sport/utility box, the Ford Escape finally is getting the attention to design that something this popular deserves. The ironic thing is the outgoing model is flying off dealer lots, thanks in part to end-of-lifecycle discounting and the shortage of key Japanese competitors Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
The new 2013 model, which goes on sale in the first half of '12, converges like most of the rest of non-F-Series/Mustang North American models with their European counterparts. The new one looks much more like the replacement for the European Ford Kuga than for the U.S. Escape. In Europe, the compact crossover with two rows of seating is far more popular, and far easier to find, than the three-row midsize and large crossovers that serve as replacements for full-on sport/utilities as well as minivans here.
2013 Ford Escape Front Right View Ford unveiled the Escape Wednesday at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. The new model does share one thing in common with the F-150, and indeed the new Focus and Fiesta: It tries to be the compact crossover for everyone, with a long list of features that allows aspiring and luxury buyers alike to load up the option sheet without paying for a prestige name. Like the Focus Titanium vs. the Verano, it could compete with Buicks.
2013 Ford Escape Front View
2013 Ford Escape Rear Right View
2013 Ford Escape Rear View
2013 Ford Escape Headlight
2013 Ford Escape Taillight
2013 Ford Escape Rear Badge
The new model tosses out any V-6 option for three four-cylinder engines -- two of them turbocharged gas direct-injection EcoBoosts -- while maintaining a 3500-pound tow rating with either front- or all-wheel drive. The Escape Hybrid is scrubbed, with no apparent plans to reintroduce one in the future. Ford's C-Max will be hybrid-only in the North American market, with a distinctive hybrid shape like the new Toyota Prius V, and without the heavy, mpg-sapping all-wheel-drive option. We also expect the '13 Fusion, which will be Ford's biggest new car intro of the model year when it bows at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, to carry on with a hybrid powertrain option.
The '13 Escape's carryover 2.5-liter four will be a price leader engine accounting for just 10 percent of sales, mostly to rental fleets. Its mainstream "replacement" is a new 1.6-liter EcoBoost rated at 173 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque, while the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four will replace the 3.0-liter V-6 and make "at least" 237 horsepower and 250 lb-ft. Ford expects the EcoBoost engines to split the other 90 percent of sales.
Though EPA fuel economy ratings will be released closer to the new Escape's on-sale date, Ford estimates up to 5 mpg better than the current Escape, with the 2.0 making more torque than a Toyota RAV4 V-6, and achieving higher fuel economy than a Honda CR-V, which is rated 23/31 mpg FWD, 22/30 mpg AWD. Ford says the current Escape sells about 50/50 front-wheel-drive/all-wheel-drive, and expects that kind of split to continue with the new model, but that seems high. An AWD take rate like the Chevrolet Equinox's 28.7 percent seems pretty reasonable, though Ford likes to think of itself as the SUV leader, and more likely to attract buyers who aspire to go off-road.
2013 Ford Escape Rear Seats
2013 Ford Escape Rear Seating
2013 Ford Escape Front Seating
2013 Ford Escape Speedometer
2013 Ford Escape Gear Shift
2013 Ford Escape Front Left View
Escape's "Intelligent Four-Wheel Drive" puts 35 percent to 80 percent of the torque to the rear wheels, and constantly evaluates road conditions to adjust the split. There is no driver control. With AWD or FWD, the new Escape will come with the full complement of Ford's latest nannies, including torque vectoring control, curve control, hill start assist, electronic brake assist, roll stability control, trailer sway control, and torque steer compensation. Curve control uses the ABS to "correct" impending oversteer or understeer in tight, fast off-ramps and the like, in both the FWD and the AWD versions. It cannot be turned off, and if it's anything like the system introduced in the new Explorer, it will feel anal in its responses to any enthusiast who tries to push the Escape faster than the posted limit in a curve or off-ramp. So it's probably just right for the vast majority of customers for this type of vehicle. Conversely, Ford promises "sportier" steering and handling than the RAV4 or CR-V.
2013 Ford Escape Right Side View
2013 Ford Escape Left Side View
2013 Ford Escape Rear Right Side View
2013 Ford Escape Rear View
2013 Ford Escape Rear Left Side View 2
2013 Ford Escape Front Right Side View
Tangible showroom features will include interior quality up to the modern standard, and a simplified MyFordTouch reverting to actual knobs for radio volume and tuning. It also will have Ford's hands-free liftgate, which allows you to open it simply by sliding your foot under the rear bumper when your hands are full, as long as the key fob is in your pocket. Improvements to MyFordTouch also include more tactile climate and navigation controls, a reaction to thorough market research Ford conducted to fix the updated version of Sync that sold so many cars and trucks in the last few years, and is now blamed for helping sink Ford's quality scores. Ford shouldn't worry so much. The hands-free liftgate is a cool enough feature to distract most buyers from any finicky MyFordTouch controls. It could be Ford's biggest wagon-back feature breakthrough since the magic liftgate on 1966 models, and will assure that the Escape remains one of the most popular models in its class for years to come.
2013 Ford Escape Side Detail
2013 Ford Escape Rear Right Badge
2013 Ford Escape Left Rear Badge
2013 Ford Escape Sun Roof
2013 Ford Escape Trunk
2013 Ford Escape Front View
2013 Ford Escape Rear View
2013 Ford Escape Front Grill
2013 Ford Escape Front Three Quarters
2013 Ford Escape Back Seats
2013 Ford Escape Dash
2013 Ford Escape Interior
2013 Ford Escape With Some Boats
2013 Ford Escape Wheel
2013 Ford Escape Towing
2013 Ford Escape Storage
2013 Ford Escape Sun Roof
2013 Ford Escape Tail Light View
2013 Ford Escape Side View In Motion
2013 Ford Escape Rear
2013 Ford Escape Rear Three Quarters
2013 Ford Escape Rear View In Motion
2013 Ford Escape Rear View
2013 Ford Escape Rear Interior Hatch
2013 Ford Escape Rear Doors
2013 Ford Escape Parked
2013 Ford Escape Interior
2013 Ford Escape In Motion Front Grill View
2013 Ford Escape Interior View
2013 Ford Escape Heated Seats
2013 Ford Escape Interior Dash View
2013 Ford Escape Head Light
2013 Ford Escape Grill
2013 Ford Escape Front View In Motion
2013 Ford Escape Front Three Quarters
2013 Ford Escape Front Wheel
2013 Ford Escape Front Three Quarters In Motion
2013 Ford Escape Front Seats
2013 Ford Escape Front Interior
2013 Ford Escape Front Grill In Motion
2013 Ford Escape Engine View
2013 Ford Escape Exterior Badge
2013 Ford Escape Front Fender Grill
2013 Ford Escape Ecoboost Engine
2013 Ford Escape Easy Lift Gate
2013 Ford Escape Drivers Side Front
2013 Ford Escape Dash
2013 Ford Escape Aux
2013 Ford Escape Dash View
2013 Ford Escape Front
2013 Ford Escape Side View
2013 Ford Escape Rear
2013 Ford Escape Shifter

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