The Ford Motor Company earned the credits for the production of the “Ford Escape” as a compact SUV. Having lesser price than the Ford Explorer, the Ford Escape was launched in 2000 as a 2001 model year. Ford’s Mercury division launched the luxurious “Mariner” in the United States of America, beginning with the year 2005 model year, however, the production ceased in October 2010 when Ford ended the Mercury make.
On the other hand, in Europe the Ford Maverick brand of vehicle was mainly sold. On the technical side, the Ford Escape is a crossover vehicle. However, it is advertised and sold by the company as part of its traditional SUV lineup and not its separate crossover lineup, such as Edge, Flex. The Escape was made the first hybrid SUV when its hybrid style made it to the market in 2004.
The Ford CD2 platform that was used by the Mazda 626 was the basis on which the Escape is engineered. Later on, it proclaimed on June 23, 2010 that the company would cease manufacturing on the second generation Escape in 2011 in order to move production to its Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville because there it’s to be followed by US version of the Ford Kuga, its European CUV counterpart.
The 2000 to 2007 period was the era of the Ford Escape’s first generation. In the year 2004, The Escape and Tribute were upgraded for the 2005 model year to have a new base engine. The vehicle got an improved seatbelt safety, an intelligent all wheel drive system, advanced airbag and changes in its exterior.
Second generation: At an auto fair in the year 2007, the second generation Ford Escape was launched. For the purpose, the North American-market Escape and its Mazda Tribute/Mercury Mariner siblings were redesigned. During the year 2008 in US, the company made new modification to the vehicle for the 2009 model year.
There were no decorative changes for the 2011 model, while the version of its third generation was forecasted in the same year. Estimates show that the Escape Hybrid has been very popular hybrid in the States and its sales swell to 106,467 vehicles by the end of the year 2010.
The 2011 Ford Escape comes with three different engines:
-a 2.5L Duratec I-4, with 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission that delivers 171 horse powers; uses regular unleaded fuel; fuel economy: 23 city/28 hwy/23 mpg combined;
-a 3.0L Duratec V6, with 6-speed automatic transmission that delivers 240 horse powers; uses regular unleaded or E85; fuel economy: 19 city/25 hwy/21 mpg combined;
-Escape hybrid: 2.5L Atkinson-cycle I-4 and permanent-magnet electric motor with Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (eCVT), which delivers 155hp (gas engine)94 hp (electric motor), 177 net horsepower; uses regular unleaded fuel; fuel economy: 34 city/31 hwy/32 mpg combined.
In all three engines can be installed front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive system.
This model is equipped with the most technologically advanced features, such as, keyless entry keypad, vehicle security system, DVD headrest systems with seven-inch color LCD widescreen (16:9), wireless FM modulation to vehicle’s stereo system, and CD/MP3 playback capability.
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