It’s finally here! The latest Ford CUV has been unveiled in LA today and it certainly appears to be a winner! Continuing on the excellent design themes from the Vertrek Concept, the all-new Escape offers customers all the abilities of the current model with the added style of the Kinetic design language and a new EcoBoost powertrain duo to increase that precious mileage as well as the smarts like MyFord Touch.
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Ford has unveiled the Vertrek Concept in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show today and this concept is set to kill two birds with one stone – the US Ford Escape and the European Ford Kuga CUVs.
How’s this for an odd twist – Ford essentially kicked off the SUV craze with its Explorer, an embiggened four-door Ranger. And man, did we go crazy. Before the cheap-gas bubble burst, slightly more than half of all passenger vehicles sold here in America were SUVs. Just below the Explorer was and is Ford’s little truck (which is no longer little) the Escape.
The Escape and Mariner brothers have gained a few new features to REALLY set them apart from the competition. These things include Blind-Spot mirrors, Rear View Cameras (with intergrated LCD display screen), MyKey, Active Park Assist (as featured on the Lincoln MKS) and a new SYNC system featuring new traffic update system, sat-nav and car information.
Ford started its Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (“PHEV“) program some time ago now, in conjunction with utilities Southern California Edison, the Electric Power Research Institute, DTE and battery-maker Johnson Controls/Saft. But, as of yesterday, Ford announced the great news that the U.S federal government (via the U.S DOE, U.S Dept. of Energy) has given them a grant of $10 million to help Ford cover the $20 million exercise.