While at a Ford press event, one of the spokespeople caught me caressing the fender of the 2013 Escape a little too fondly. I simply could not help it – as a study in small and sexy crossovers, this new Escape looks to be a real pussycat. I mean that in the most sincere way.
Why is it good for the Rocky Mountains?
Turbocharging is one invention we high altitude folks enjoy and there are only a handful of SUVs that have turbocharged engines. The 2013 Ford Escape will offer two turbocharged, EcoBoost 4-bangers and a normally aspirated engine for their base model.
*The base engine will make 168 horsepower and 167 lbs-feet of torque. The 1.6 liter EcoBoost, turbocharged engine will make 173 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque while the beefy 2.5 liter EcoBoost engine makes 237 hp and a whopping 250 lb-ft of torque. As typical for EcoBoost engines, peak torque will be fairly flat from about 1,500 rpm to about 5,000 rpm… almost diesel-like.
*The horsepower numbers are fairly reliable, but they may be adjusted a minor percentage when the Escape goes on sale.
Cargo space behind first row is 68.1 cubic feet and 34.3 cubic feet of space behind second row. Check those numbers and you’ll find they are more than competitive for the class. Maximum towing capacity is 1,500 lbs for the base model, 2,000 lbs with the 1.6 EcoBoost and an impressive 3,500 lbs with the 2.5 liter EcoBoost – when properly equipped. Once again, that’s very competitive in this class.
Among the insane amount of gizmos, saut-skas, wiz-bangs and geek-toys Ford has crammed inside the new Escape – there is one that is as clever as it is useful. If you wave your foot under the rear bumper, the hands-free power hatch lifts up automatically. So, approach the rear of the new Escape with your arms full of goodies and, as long as you have the key-fob on you, simply wave your foot under the rear bumper – WAMMO! The hatch opens. It is a cool toy and it’s built to know the difference between your foot and a running animal.
Why should Colorado care?
Hummm…. an affordable, good looking, efficient, safe AWD machine that has turbo power? That’s a good start in these parts. Ford has been a bit stingy with press cars (the ones I test with) but I’m sure the 2013 Ford Escape’s potential in the Rocky Mountains will inspire them to supply automotive journalists in our area with test vehicles soon. I’m not just whistling Dixie friends; this crossover will make a brilliant addition to amazing Colorado.
Cool beans – no?