2013 Ford Escape Officially Unveiled

Ford has unveiled the all-new 2013 Ford Escape that is having its world debut at Los Angeles Auto Show this week.

The 2013 Escape draws much of its styling inspiration from the Vertrek concept that was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

“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.”

According to Ford, the 2013 Escape offers eleven features that aren’t offered on other compact SUVs, including an available hands-free power liftgate. The 2013 Escape will be available with three different four-cylinder powertrains. The base 2.5L four-cylinder puts out 168 horsepower and 167 lb-ft. of torque. The 1.6-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine packs 173 hp, while the 2.0-liter EcoBoost that puts out 237 hp and 250 lb-ft. All three engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and Ford claims that the 2013 Escape gets up to 5 mpg better than previous Escape.

The 2013 Ford Escape will hit dealerships early next year.