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Wow. One of Ford's employees made it way to easy for KGP's shooter to snap a shot of the new Escape in the buff. Seen in a parking lot in the Detroit area, Ford's redesigned soft-roader gets a more butch nose and, surprisingly, doesn't don the three-bar grille that's infecting all of Ford's recent offerings. The nose is decidedly Expedition-esque, with the rest of the body offering little departure from its big brother, the Mercury Mariner.
In other similarities to the Escape's upmarket sibling, the interior is rather unchanged, with much of the high-end trimmings being toned-down to define itself as the lesser of the two.

We expect the Escape to make its debut at this month's L.A. Auto Show and now that we've seen it, we'll probably skip the press event.

[Source: The Car Connection]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow. Ford should really give up on these nose jobs. They've never been good at it. This doesn't help the Escape at all... it's a decent car and deserves better!
      • 8 Years Ago
      The rear window on the driver's side has the hybrid type window. Anyway, looks a little bland. I always thought the XLT Sport and Limited Escapes with the painted bumpers had a nice agressive look to them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i never liked the old one, but this time they seem to have a much better front end adn interior
      the C-pliar adn the rear end are still just plain ugly as they used to be
      a shame as the competition has much better designs

      and yes the Honda CRV now looks better than the escape, so does the Rav4, Torrent adn it's siblings
      • 8 Years Ago
      First...can someone block Moses....that "lipstick on a pig" remark is on AT LEAST 4 different topics.

      In this instance, I think I prefer the Ford version over the Mercury version, that doesn't usually happen for me. I do have reservations about the HUGE black piece above the rear license plate, though. I'm guessing that it will, like the rear bumper on MOST models, be body color, instead of the black used in this photo. However, if Ford decides to make this part one of those pieces it uses to set different trim levels apart (with the cheapest models getting a black piece, no matter the body color) than I would not be as enthusiastic.
      Yes, the Expedition-esque grille looks a bit to Oriental...like a '90s Toyota or Nissan SUV, but it sure looks better than the overwrought Mariner version. I look forward to seeing what this looks like in person.
      • 8 Years Ago
      FORD GM wake up!!!!!!

      Time to change gears and get into the ball game!!!

      Its the ninth inning with 2 outs!!!

      Get your design engineers in gear!!

      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh I would also like to reiterate that the 08 Mariner's design has sent me running from the brand, perhaps never to return. Sad, since the '05 was such a clean, classy look!

      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh no, they ruined it!! That front end is so old-fashioned! Didn't INTERNATIONAL make a truck decades ago with this grille and scrunched headlights? It looks like Macaulay Culkin pressing his cheeks in while screaming! UGLY! A step backward! Can't Ford make anything modern and advanced? How sad!!! Another ruined design!
      • 8 Years Ago
      is that the Hybrid? It has the same rear side window as the Hybrid does. I'm not a real fan of the new styling but they could have done worse, like the new Explorer/Expedition make-overs. At least they look more changed than their predecessors.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not bad, I liked that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      It looks kinda Forrester-ish to me. Both ends. Huh. That's always been a car with wierd proportions, but maybe this will be better in person. Cheaper looking too, with that gaping grill and black plastic on the tailgate.The Escape was still looking comfortably good in its geriatric years, but it was definitely due for an overhaul.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks UGLY! Instead designing a baby Edge (Beautiful exterior design in my opinion) they made this plain, boring, lost in the crowd, sad vehicle. Just take a look at the sides: There is no design at all! Flat side, generic doors and fenders, there is nothing going on there... I just hope (for Ford's sake) that they started this design before Edge and Fusion time and decided to keep it because they did not have the $$$ to change it.
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