Ford unveiled today at the 2011 LA Auto Show the all-new 2013 Escape, its newest sport utility vehicle (SUV) which will hit the market next year. Known as America’s best-selling SUV, the all-new Escape promises to offer 11 new exclusive features as well as a fuel economy, which will top any vehicle of its kind on the market today.
Here are the features that Ford says you won’t find on any other SUV: first of all there is a hands-free power liftgate that will open the liftgate if it detects a gentle kicking motion under the center of the rear bumper; then we have the SYNC with MyFord Touch; the parallel parking will help you park the 2013 Escape with the press of a button; the sensor-based BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert will help you driver safer; if you are driving too fast or need to accelerate through a turn, the Curve Control and Torque Vectoring Control will help you; moreover, the new Intelligent 4WD System helps deliver outstanding handling on pristine pavement and in adverse conditions.
Under the hood, we find a 2.0-liter EcoBoost or a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, which makes its American debut in the new Escape. Both engines are mated to a standard, specially calibrated, six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmissions. The standard engine in North America is an updated 2.5-liter, giving the new Escape a comprehensive lineup of four-cylinder offerings. It also is matched to a SelectShift Automatic six-speed.
The new Ford Escape delivers innovation and safety features that most people would wish for from an SUV. At the moment, only Ford offers the highly intelligent air bag system and superior-strength steel for its bodyframe.
Jason Sprawka assured that their customers would get all of the safety features that the new Ford Escape has to offer. The marketing manager also said that the new model has undergone a total of 5,000 crash tests (both virtual and in reality) to enhance its safety features. Also, the new Ford Escape is built with four times more superior strength steel body than the last. In fact, almost 1/3 of the body is made with high and ultra-high-strength steel for optimum safety.
On the other hand, the new Ford Escape is equipped with the new Personal Safety System. This standard feature also includes seven new airbags and the latest safety belt technology. Ford’s Personal Safety System works in conjunction with the RCM sensors, front airbags, and buckle switch. The safety feature also controls the weight sensor and helps figure out the track position at the driver’s seat.
Similarly, the Resistant Control Module enables the safety belt’s pre-tensioners and regulates the front airbags during an emergency. The new pre-tensioner technology works by pulling the seatbelts tighter (around the hips) in one second or less. When this happens during a high impact car accident, the new side air bags will then deploy along the pelvis region aside from the airbags directed to the chest.