When the photos for the 2013 Ford Escape landed in our inbox we immediately thought two things. First, the superb job Ford did bringing the Vertrek concept to fruition without sacrificing the design. Second, how the dynamic Ford Focus (read: European) aesthetic actually works in small crossover utility form. Yes we too have a little nostalgia for the outgoing Escape with its traditional boxy profile, but the new Escape is undeniably sharp.
What’s not to miss though are the older engines. Under the hood the new Escape boasts some cutting edge horsepower. A new ultra fuel-frugal 168hp (167 lb-ft torque) 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine, a 173 hp (177 lb-ft torque) 1.6 liter EcoBoost, and of course our pony of choice: the 237 hp (250 lb-ft torque) 2.0 liter EcoBoost good for 3,500 towing capacity. Plenty enough for your dueling jet-skis. We’ll assume you’ll want to glaze past the front-wheel drive system and move directly on to the new intelligent all-wheel drive system that’s on the docket as well. The Escape will also boast “isn’t that just on a Lexus?” features like active park-assist, panoramic sunroof and a hands-free liftgate along with a revamped MyFord Touch infotainment system that’s nestled in what we can only describe as a watershed moment for Ford interiors.
But don’t just take our word for it, the photos after the jump should paint the picture for you.