2011 Los Angeles Auto Show: 2013 Ford Escape Debut

By Jason Davis | November 14, 2011
What's New The 2013 Ford Escape is making its world debut this week in Los Angeles. The stylish crossover's styling is based on the Vertrek Concept, which debuted at the Detroit Auto Show last January. The concept wears familiar One Ford design cues, like the Focus-inspired grille and the Fiesta’s sloping roofline. Overall, the mini-Explorer is a welcome change from the current model, which was last refreshed in 2010. Under the hood, Ford is likely to offer a variety of four-cylinder engines. The base model is likely to find power from the 171-hp, 2.5-liter carryover in the current generation. Most exciting, though, are the optional EcoBoost engines. With 180 horsepower, the smaller 1.6-liter four-cylinder makes slightly more power than the base engine, but fuel economy should be in the low 30s on the highway. The 240-hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost option is most likely the same configuration found in the larger Explorer, but in the smaller Escape package, it should give a little more pep in its step. While prices haven't yet been announced, expect the Escape to occupy the same slot in the blue oval’s model lineup—and with a similar price point as well. Who It's For The Escape is Ford’s most economical crossover, and the 2013 redesign, will help push Ford closer to its CAFE mileage requirements. While the previous model emphasized a slightly rugged and squarish design, the new Escape will likely appeal to city-dwellers and commuters who demand better fuel economy—but at a size and price point much smaller than Ford’s larger Edge and Explorer crossovers. The 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder’s offer the efficiency and sporty power that many young consumers demand and in an attractive and spacious design. Key Features Ford has packed the 2013 Escape with an engine for everyone, but there are other interesting features, also. And, if it’s anything like the Focus before it, the new Escape will be feature-packed with the newest in infotainment. Look for:
  • Engine options. Two Ecotec-equipped options are available:  a 1.6-liter and a 2.0-liter, both with four cylinders and attached to six-speed automatic transmissions. The Escape can be configured for the budget conscious, the fuel miser, or the sport-minded enthusiast with a young family.
  • Interior and infotainment. MyFord Touch will be offered with SYNC, Ford's voice-activated system that offers navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, climate and phone controls, with much improvements to the entire system.
  • No-touch tailgate: The Escape will have a tailgate that can be opened simply by waving your foot under the rear bumper when you have the key in your pocket.
  • Advanced parking features. Like its Focus sibling, the Escape will offer parallel parking assist as an option, and blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic detection to find cars that are approaching from the sides.
What We Think There's a lot riding on the 2013 Ford Escape. Despite being one of the oldest crossovers on the market, the current Escape continues to sell well. If the new car can hold onto the current vehicle's virtues, while attracting new customers with its updated styling and features, there's little reason to think that will change.