All-new Escape creating excitement
By Mark Sherry
The 2013 Ford Escape

Ford first introduced its Escape in 2000 for the 2001 model year, so the vehicle is about 12 years old.

Like that boy or girl about that age who goes home for summer vacation and comes back to school in the fall looking entirely different, the 2013 Ford Escape has gone through a significant transformation from its predecessors.

The combination of the fan base the Escape has acquired over the last decade and excitement over changes for 2013 has created a stir at places such as Dick Brantmeier Ford in Sheboygan, where the first 2013 Escapes should be showing up on the lot soon.

They will not last long, however, according to sales associate Travis Korff, who said, “We have a lot of people waiting for them. We have a lot of activity, a lot of action on it.”

The sales team at Dick Brantmeier Ford actually has a waiting list of people who want a phone call as soon as the 2013 Ford Escape arrives. To get your name added to the list, call the dealership at (920) 458-6111.

Since its debut, the Ford Escape has offered a balance of capability and efficiency, making it a popular choice among compact sport utility vehicle buyers. Ford has not forgotten its loyal Escape customers with its redesign, but it is bringing the latest and greatest vehicle features to them.

The ‘13 Escape is totally new from the ground up, inside and out. From the outside people will notice a wider stance, a “power dome” sculpted hood, a trapezoidal lower grill which gives the Escape a signature Ford look, short front and rear overhangs, prominent front and rear wheel arches, two-piece wraparound taillamps, a liftgate which flows into the lower fascia, low-profile roof rails, and large wheels with a striking design available in 17, 18 or 19 inches.

On the inside, the buyer of a 2013 Escape will find a command seating position, wraparound cockpit interior, an integrated center stack which is easily accessed by the driver or front passenger, chrome register vent surrounds, a high-gloss black center finish panel and console top, a power panoramic roof, and—a really cool feature—reclining second-row seat backs.

Ford has elevated itself to become a leader in vehicle technology, and the ‘13 Escape will feature that with SYNC with MyFord Touch (a voice activated system which controls multiple functions including phone and radio), the hands-free liftgate, remote start, HD Radio, active park assist which automatically parallel parks the vehicle, BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and next-generation airbag technology.

All that and we haven’t even gotten to the important part yet—the engine.

Two versions of the EcoBoost engine will be available in the Escape—the 1.6L and the 2.0L. A 2.5L Ti-VCT engine also will be an option.

The EcoBoost engine brings diesel technology to a gasoline engine. Through the use of dual turbochargers and the placement of fuel injectors, the EcoBoost engine provides much improved fuel efficiency without sacrificing any power. And keep in mind the Escape is still very much an SUV with the ability to tow and haul all sorts of cargo. With the 2.0L EcoBoost engine, the Escape provides Class II trailer tow capability. Inside there is a 60/40 split-fold-flat rear seat and 68.1 cu. ft. of cargo capacity behind the first row. An adjustable rear cargo floor also is available on the 17-inch wheel models.

The Escape provides a six-speed automatic transmission, an all-new intelligent four-wheel drive system, and aggressive deceleration fuel shutoff. Features such as those—along with the EcoBoost engine—will contribute to improved fuel efficiency. “I know they’re going to be pretty good on gas mileage,” Korff said.

People are welcome to stop by Dick Brantmeier Ford for a test drive of a 2012 Escape—or just hang on a little longer to experience the all-new 2013.