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Not much is known about the next Ford Escape, other than the fact that the U.S. version is becoming more distinct from its foreign-market counterparts, like the re-nosed model set to run Down Under for 2007. Of course, as can be plainly seen here, the American version of the popular small SUV will get a new look as well, though markedly more aggressive than its Australian counterpart. With a bolder chrome grille and bumper inlet and headlamps similar to that of the 2007 Expedition, the look is definitely more grown up and aggressive, with designers having exorcised the overly prominent front bumper fascia of the current iteration.

No word yet on powertrain or interior refinements, though the Aussie Escape gained variable valve timing on its 2.3-liter four-cylinder model, and all models received an upgraded interior. From the looks of things, it would appear that the domestic Escape will receive a more thorough going-over than that of other markets, which should keep it in the hunt against vehicles like the new Toyota RAV-4 and Hyundai Tucson, along with upcoming competitors like the Mitsubishi Outlander.

[Source: The Detroit News]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I like it. Too much chrome obviously, but I prefer it over the wussified 1990s look of the current Escape.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey, it's better than what Honda did to the Pilot. At least it 'looks' like a step forward....
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like they've stolen a page from the VW/Audi playbook with that huge grill and excessive use of chrome. If I were going to go all-out with chrome, I'd rather take a page from history instead, and balance it out by running chrome moulding down the sides. Or better yet, use some other, less expected, sort of metal finish. How about pewter or satin nickle?

      I'd at least try to paint that lower section to match the body.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like it. It looks to be a whole lot more refined and the lines look cleaner than on the 2006 Escape. I agree with #13 that it will probably look better in person. I hope the intirior is a big improvement over the current models.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #19. "Thank heavens the U.S. version WON'T look quite as bad as this AUSTRALIAN version."

      Funny - because this ISN'T the Aussie Version. This is the U.S. Version of the 2007 Escape.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice Nissan Titan grill
      • 8 Years Ago
      Aggressive, but too much chrome.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow. "Now with More Ugly!"
      • 8 Years Ago
      HIDEOUS! I like the 'Escape' written on the bumper-very vacuum cleaner-chic. The chrome looks like painted plastic. It also reminds me of a shopping cart. Guess somebody needs to replace sales to former Aztek customers.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Allow me to echo the comment that the "ESCAPE" chiseled into the stupid chrome bumper looks ridiculous.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Dipping the chrome onto the bumper was a terrible idea. It's chrome for the sake of chrome. Bleh.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like it. it works for ford. it's makes the escape look more like a small suv.
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