Already this country’s best-selling utility vehicle, Ford wasn’t content to let its renowned Escape rest on its laurels. When the company introduced the all-new 2013 model in Los Angeles recently, it was clear this Escape resets the bar in the SUV category.
“Ford refers to the 2013 Escape as the ‘Smarter Utility Vehicle’,” says Lou Evans, General Sales Manager for Hassett of Wantagh, Long Island’s #1 volume Ford Lincoln dealer; “and it really is. It offers improved fuel efficiency, greater versatility, and a host of technological features that make it the extremely intelligent driving machine that doesn’t forget how to be fun. And it does all this in a sleeker, stylish new design.”
All the details aren’t yet available, but Ford has said the 2013 Escape comes standard with 11 features no other small SUV offers. Its fuel economy is also the best of any compact SUV, beating the brand’s own previous benchmark by up to five miles per gallon. Add to this Ford’s new Intelligent 4WD system that delivers even better off-road traction, and the 2013 Escape is extremely impressive. Then the amazing technology designed into this all-new model makes it obvious why Ford considers it’s so smart.
The first example of this is the remarkable hands-free power liftgate Ford offers that’s operated by motion technology utilized in advanced video game systems. Quick and easy access to the cargo area is provided by a gentle kicking motion under the center of the rear bumper, which activates, unlocks, and raises the liftgate when the driver has the Escape key fob. Just as simple, it closes the same way. So when you say hello to the 2013 Ford Escape, you instantly bid farewell to every having to dig out keys from your pocket, or free packages from your hand just to open the rear hatch. Together with the redesigned rear seats that fold down and lift with a simple handle tug — plus the available two-position load floor that allows owners to choose between maximum luggage volume or flat load floor — this new Escape is clearly a no-brainer for those with busy lifestyles.
Hate parallel parking? The Escape’s “Active Park Assist” feature makes it practically worry-free with the mere touch of a button. Advanced evolution has also given it a sensor-based “Blind Spot Information System” (BLIS®) with cross-traffic alert, which warns a driver when traffic is detected approaching from either side, making both highways and parking lots a lot safer to navigate. The 2013 Escape is also the first Ford SUV to combine class-exclusive technology that delivers “Curve Control” that automatically slows down when it’s cornering too fast, and “Torque Vectoring Control” to help accelerate through turns. And, of course, all this operates alongside a new highly-intelligent four-wheel-drive system that delivers outstanding handling in good weather or bad, on-road or off.
Not to be overlooked in this sea of exciting features is the leading-edge SYNC® with MyFord Touch® that takes driving efficiency, comfort, and convenience to an all-new plateau.
There are numerous other safety, performance, and design features that make the 2013 Ford Escape one of the most anticipated new vehicles in many years. “Maybe ‘Smarter’ isn’t the best way to describe it,” queries Evans. “I’d go with ‘Absolutely Brilliant Utility Vehicle’ instead.”
For updates on the new 2013 Ford Escape, and when it will be available, keep checking this blog site regularly or visit www.hassettautomotive.com