The redesigned 2013 Ford Escape crossover is $200 cheaper than the previous model with its base price of $23,295 (including shipping costs). What’s new for 2013 is the Titanium trim level – the top trip level. Opting for a fully loaded 2013 Escape Titanium model will cost the buyer $31,195 (which includes $825 shipping).
Dealers have started to take orders for the redesigned Escape, which will arrive at dealerships this spring. Production started this week at Ford’s Louisville, Ky., assembly plant. The 2013 Escape is drastically different from the current model, whose boxy appearance is associated with traditional SUVs.
Ford is expecting that this model will enable Escape to be among the top of the list when it comes to sales of entry-level crossovers. For the first quarter of 2012, the current Escape has snatched 14.2% of the entry level crossover segment. It came in second to the Honda CR-V, which had an 18.1% share. This year, Escape sales have risen 5% to 58,604 units.
The demand has stayed strong even as it’s on its last year. Ford believes that there will be smooth transition between the models as the present Escape is produced at Ford’s Kansas City, Mo., plant. Ford said that supplies don’t have to be adversely affected by having to close a plant during a changeover. Ford will continue working on the current model for just a few more weeks.
Ford spokeswoman Angie Koslowski said that the company predicts that the base level S model will make up around 10% of 2013 Escape sales. What remains would be split between models offered with two EcoBoost engines: a 1.6 liter and a 2.0 liter. The bigger EcoBoost will be offered as standard equipment in the Titanium.
Ford’s all-new Escape offers SUV customers a sporty design with the versatility and the cargo capacity they expect.
According to Martin Smith, Ford’s design executive director for Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa, the Ford Escape’s attractive athletic look is the result of a desire to create something that gives people a sporty impression, such as one that is reminiscent of a runner or a swimmer, through a new body with defined muscles conveying energy and movement.
The new SUV will first be available in the North American market as the Ford Escape and will be later launched sporting a Kuga badge in other parts of the world.
With the new SUV’s sleeker design, you can say that function follows form. This new design allows for more cargo volume, surpassing the previous Escape. More specifically, it has a space of 68.1 cubic feet behind the first row and a 34.3-cubic ft. space behind the second row. What’s more, the new Kuga is slightly longer compared to the current model, therefore featuring additional luggage space.
Additionally, the seats of the new Escape boast lesser weight and more convenience. The seats’ structure has shed off almost 3 lbs., while the actual seats give added functionality with their two-way power lumbar support, two-way power recline, and six-way adjustability. You can also avail of the sport seat with a distinct sew style and high bolsters.
You will also appreciate the front head restraint with four-way adjustability, which is available for the first time. Both the rear seats and the head restraints are made from soy-based foam and have been upgraded for easier folding.