The new Ford Escape (the American twin sister of the European Kuga model) will be introduced at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, three months ahead of its actual official unveiling at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The model marks a few “firsts” for the American carmaker: it is the first Ford SUV that will go on sale worldwide and also the first to not feature a V8 unit in its engine range. Even the American market will have to make do with 4-cylider units, whose output will range from 170 to 250 hp. By the way, one of these engines is going to be the brand new 1.6 litre EcoBoost engine, which exploits a direct fuel injection system giving the car an extra 2 km of range for every litre of petrol.
Ford Escape’s engine range is completed by a 170 hp naturally aspirated 2.5 and a turbocharged 2.0 EcoBoost unit producing 250 hp. All EcoBoost engines will be coupled to a SelectShift 6-speed automatic gearbox. The whole powertrain has been improved, making the car more stable and easy to handle off-road than its predecessor. The new mid-size SUV will come with many technological upgrades: a new vocally controlled sat-nav (which can be controlled via the touch-screen display as well), the MyFord Touch infotainment system (compatible with the most recent mobile phones and electronic devices), the Blis system (which alerts the driver when there is a vehicle or another obstacle in a blind spot) and an automatic parking system. Another interesting feature is the sensor placed at the bottom of the rear bumper which opens the hatch when waving a foot near it.
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