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Ford Group Philippines has expanded the Ford Escape choices for the Philippine market with the introduction of a new 4x2 variant that completes the 2010 lineup of the sport-utility vehicle (SUV).

Ford Philippines unveiled the 4x2 XLT AT (P1.099 million) along with the refreshed versions of the Ford Escape 4x4 XLT AT (P1.235 million) and the Ford Escape 4x2 XLS AT (P1.099 million with a special introductory price of P999,000) at the ongoing Auto Focus Motor Show & Auto Expo.

"The latest addition to the nameplate--the Escape 4x2 XLT AT--imbues the SUV qualities of the entire line along with high value for money and the class leading features of the range topping 4x4 version on a 4x2 drive train," said Steven Tan, Ford Philippines vice president for marketing and sales.

All 2010 Ford Escape variants are powered by Ford's 2.3-liter Duratec VVT with twin cam, electronic multipoint injection four-cylinder engine to deliver a maximum power of 157ps at 6,000rpm and torque of 200Nm at 4,000rpm. The new Ford Escape also comes with a flex fuel system that allows it to run on E20 fuel blends.

"With 80 percent gasoline and 20 percent ethanol in the tank, the new Escape FFV (Flex Fuel Vehicle) proudly displays Ford Group Philippines' commitment to cleaner emissions and sustainable, environmentally responsible motoring," Ford Philippines said.

The 2010 Ford Escape also boasts of enhanced safety features with the vehicle's uni-body structure for maximum passenger protection. All of the new Escape variants come with standard front seat airbags for the driver and the passenger, as well as anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution.

The new Ford Escape is available in Diamond White, Panther Black, Tonic, Chill, Ocean Blue, Moondust Silver, and Infra Red.

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