Ford has unveiled the all-new Ford Escape at the Los Angeles Auto Show and it's giving SUV a new meaning. More than just a sport-utility vehicle, Ford said the Escape is a "smarter utility vehicle" with its new features.
"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 Derrik Kuzak, Ford's group vice president for global product development.
The new Ford Escape boasts 11 features that "no other SUV offers." Key features of the SUV include the hands-free power liftgate, a blind-spot information system, and a multi-access information management and control technology with the SYNC with MyFord Touch.
Ford said the new Escape comes with advanced software and sensors that allow the vehicle to assess data from 25 external signals to analyze "wheel speed, accelerator pedal position and steering wheel angle, road conditions and driver input 20 times faster than the blink of an eye."
"Intelligent 4WD builds on the pre-emptive actions by adding and subtracting torque as needed through an electromagnetic clutch," Ford said.
The all-new Escape will reach the US market in 2012 where it will be available in the 2.0-liter or 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine. In Europe, where the Escape will be called the Kuga, the powertrain lineup will be announced when Ford is ready to launch.
When will it arrive in the Philippines? Here's what Ford Group Philippines' assistant vice president for communications Anika Salceda-Wycoco said when we asked: "We have not yet made an announcement on the all-new Escape. We just launched the all-new Explorer and we're now focused on the launch of the all-new Ranger in the next few months, followed by the all-new Focus."
Are you willing to wait?