• Mar 3, 2011
2013 Ford Escape Spy Shots - Click above for high-res image gallery

We may not know whether Ford will stick with the Escape name when the vehicle's successor comes along in 2012 as a 2013 model, but thanks to the quick shutters of our crack team of spy photographers, we now have a vague idea of what the machine will look like. Peek beneath all of that camouflage and you're likely to see a vehicle that borrows nearly all of its proportions from the recently-unveiled Vertrek Concept. That boxy aft-end appears to be nothing but floppy camouflage designed to hide the vehicle's arching rear hatch.

The Escape successor is slated to ride on the Blue Oval's global C1 platform – the same bones that make up the Focus, C-Max and Transit Connect, among other future products. There's word that Ford will banish the V6 in favor of an Ecoboost 2.0-liter engine at the top of the line. At this point, it's unclear whether that four-pot will be a 1.6-liter or a larger 2.0-liter mill. Lower rung trims will likely still pack a 2.5-liter four-cylinder lump.



[Source: Chris Doane/Brenda Priddy & Company]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      2 different cars....side mirrors are different as well
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't wait to see this thing, but I won't be surprised if I don't like the way it looks.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does anyone realize this his no cues from the Vertrek Concept, this is the Kuga from Europe, idiots
        • 3 Years Ago
        I forgot to mention also, Ford said that only 20% (obviously the concept interior and carbon fiber bits) wouldn't make it to production. Maybe you should take up researching facts before spouting off at the mouth.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I hope the that you were trying to be sarcastic with the name calling remark. The majority of us know that Ford is making one car for all markets and the Vertrek concept is a combination of the Kuga and Escape combined. The only "idiot" here is you if you don't know that. Hint hint--"One Ford Project"
      • 3 Years Ago
      Based on the driver's head size compared to vehicle proportions, I think it's going to be a smaller vehicle than the current Escape.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If its anything else like Ford's recent designs, Ill love it, Im sure. Cant wait to see the wraps come off this puppy. Go Ford! Go Ford! Its your birthday!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't wait for the ST version of this- Ford is killing it right now
      • 3 Years Ago
      One of the reasons I bought my current Escape was good visibility. I hope they don't put the upswept back windows on it like those on the Kuga/Rogue/Tucson. Otherwise I'll be buyin' an Equinox or a Tiguan.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The 'Nox is a better buy anyway.. plus better fuel economy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the new edge and explorer and can't decide between the two which one I want as my next ride. I'm going to be screwed when this thing comes out.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anything is an improvement over the current generic looking, highly forgettable model. The A-Pillar doesn't look quite right on this tester, it looks too thin and doesn't match up with the roof line or the inside interior portion of the pillar. I'd take the extra sheet-metal in a rollover any day.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Excuse me? Forgettable? Is that why the it was only outsold by the CR-V and outsold both the Rav4 and Equinox?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like where they're going with the Turbo 4, but...can we get a diesel?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't wait to see what it'll look like fully uncovered!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Undoubtedly this new Escape will be the center of attention both positively and negatively. Since the current version has such rugged looks, most will get confused on the sudden entrance of the new ones sporty appearance. The main question that most will have about it is, "Does it retain any off-road capability?" Ford has stated that they will use a version of their All-Terrain system. The next thing is with the 2.0T or whichever EcoBoost engine they use, "Will it pack the same punch as the current 3.0L V6?" IMO, they will beat their main competitors in this category. We have yet to see the full potential of this engine in action. Chevy boasts the most powerful upgrade engine (264hp/222lb-ft) option, which Ford needs to at least match. Americans are still getting use to the fact that all these engines are going to be downsized, so this package has to be convincing to gain approval from buyers. Keep in mind that these are urban CUVs and will rarely see any major off road duty, but buyers have to believe they are capable of performing regardless of their use.
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