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The Ford Escape will be receiving an Edge-inspired makeover for the 2007 model year that features a headlight treatment similar to the aforementioned CUV but lacks the corporate three-bar grille so popular with the young Fords these days. Larger in size and exuding a more macho demeanor than the inaugural Escape, the next gen model features refreshingly unadorned sheetmetal and a tall beltline that adds visual weight to the vehicle.
And lest owners can’t distinguish their new Escape apart an Edge in the local neighborhood Super Wal-Mart parking lot, Ford has branded the vehicle’s name in the plastic part of its front bumper so they won’t forget.

[Source: The Car Connection]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      yet another detroit styling disaster, this time by ford!
      • 9 Years Ago
      I have been in Ford's Styling studio and this picture does NOT do the car any justice, think along the lines of the new explorer, the new escape looks much longer than the current one, however its actually the same length, it really is a nice looking car, trust me!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hard to make any of these boring boxes beautiful without compromising their utility.

      Make them too sleek and they don't carry as much--best design in which to carry things is a box, so that's what it is.

      After the new Escape is introduced, it'll blend into the streetscape along with all the other SUVs.

      Best thing about the Escape/Tribute is that there's no spare tire hanging off the rear hatch--a stupid design that turns the hatch with its glass window into a bumper.

      In any case, if I were buying a small SUV--in fact, a tall station wagon--I'd pick the Subaru Forester or wait to see the Dodge Caliber or Mazda CX-7 .

      • 9 Years Ago
      I find the Escape to be a decent small SUV. It serves the purpose that it's made for. An upgrade in the interior will not hurt along with a facelift. Maybe throw in the 3.5.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Been looking forward next year to a new Escape. Will just buy a used 2006 or earlier. Ford always builds their best looking vehicle in a series the first cycle; then just for the sake of change, they screw it up. Been going on for over 30 years.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This probaly a low trim level model. I would expect the higher end Escapes like, the Limited, would have color keyed grills. Even the lower trim levels could still end up with a little more polish than this test mule. Does anyone remember how ugly the GT test mules were or the Mustangs?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Can't say much by that spyshot. But as usual does not look like modern or new age design. Current Escape is extremely boring vehicle inside out. It needs major makeover. This 2007 version doesn't look like one. On a different topic the "limited" version of Ford Vehicles are usually more presentable/polished which is I think same level as low level of Jap vehicles. Why can't Ford make this "limited" standard. Stop making those boring and disgusting "standard" vehicle, that's hurting your image. As they say "raise your game" or you will die.
      • 9 Years Ago
      We are going to again see Ford claim major "improvements," but all we'll notice is a new ugly grill. That plan worked sooooo well with the Explorer last year didn't it? Then it will be over 10 years before we get an all new chassis for the escape, or by then it's sales will have tanked Ford will kill it, claiming the market isn't there.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Personally I always thought the current Escape's front end design was caught back in the late nineties( the mild facelift of a couple years back improved it somewhat). I think this front end is a lot better than the current one, and I agree that that whole grille will probably not be gray plastic (probably body colour or chrome a la Explorer).

      The it will also now be distanced more from the Mariner.

      I'm curious to see if Mazda gives the Tribute a similar freshening, or whether its on its way out.
      • 9 Years Ago

      I always thought the Mazda Tribute was a lot better looking than the Escape. It was nice of Ford to let Mazda have the better looking vehicle.
      This new Escape is a big improvement, good job Ford!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Bad idea Ford. The Edge is coming out and this Escape looks bigger putting it in direct competition. Why oh why didn't you learn from freestyle-freestar mistake.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I have been an Escape advocate since it debuted for the 2001 model year. In fact, my first Escape was of that same year. I'm currently on my second Escape -- a 2003 -- and am going to be going to an Escape Hybrid, this year.

      But I think after the hybrid, I will be jumping ship, so to speak, to another model in the Ford lineup. Reason being, because I see the Ford design team doing the same injustice to the Escape as it did to the upcoming Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.

      If by the time I look to buying another vehicle there have been no major improvements to this design, I might look into a Ford Edge, if they still look decent by that point. Otherwise, sad to say, I might have to find another automobile manufacturer, like Chevy. Their design team seems to know what they are doing over there, with the introduction of the newly redesigned Tahoe.