2013 Ford Escape specs sheet & hands-free tailgate feature

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Earlier today we introduced you to the 2013 Cadillac XTS, now we have another vehicle to show you which recently got unveiled at the LA Auto Show, this is the 2013 Ford Espace and the first thing you will notice is how different it looks to last year’s model.

Let’s start things of with a quick overview of specs, we can confirm that there will be three models to choose from, one of which will boast a 2.5-liter engine and front-wheel drive, the other will offer a 1.6-liter engine with EcoBoost and front-wheel drive/4WD, finally the most impressive offering will pair a 2.0-liter engine with EcoBoost and the same front-wheel drive/4WD as the 1.6-liter offering – all of these models will feature a six-speed automatic transmission system and the choice of either 17 or 19-inch wheels. You can see the full spec sheet here.

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The new Escape models are expected to outdo previous models in terms of fuel economy by at least 5 mile-per-gallon, the previous paragraph clearly states that two of the models will feature EcoBoost – you can find out a little more about this feature here, to summarize it is said to help vehicles deliver great fuel economy and equally good performance.

When compared to previous models you can expect a much higher level of craftmanship, it’s the small things that make a big difference so expect comfier armrests, softer materials and much more, we are also told that you can choose leather-trimmed sport seats with contrast stitching. You can find out more about the new look here, some people think last year’s model looked better, do you?

One neat feature which we must mention is its hands-free liftgate, this basically allows you to open the trunk without using your hands. The video below shows you how it works, basically if you have your hands full of shopping and your key in your pocket wave your foot (a kicking motion will do) under the rear bumper and it will automatically open, once you want it to close simply kick underneath the bumper again and it will close – now that’s cool!

Apparently the 2013 Ford Escape will show up in showrooms in Sprint, 2011, but we don’t yet know how much it will cost, therefore we will have to keep you posted as we hear more – are you impressed?

  • Pete M

    Minor typo and wrong year in the last paragraph.  Should read “Spring 2012″