We haven't seen the forthcoming 2013 Ford Escape up close since last March when our spy photographers caught it heavily adorned with camouflage. Until now, that is.

New shots of the small Ford crossover reveal plenty of details, from its Focus-like front fascia and vents on the front fenders to the sleek rear profile and small back window. Narrow headlamps and taillamps recall the Ford Vertrek concept, as does the upturned D-pillar. In fact, the Vertrek's styling looks to be carried over almost completely, with even the strong character lines on the new Escape's hood visible under the adhesive mask.

Our photographers have caught more than one Escape out in the wild, and we notice that both single and dual exhaust versions are being tested. The white Escape with single exhaust appears to be a base trim, as it is riding on steel wheels, while the black, dual exhaust prototype is wearing larger alloys with shorter sidewall tires.

We've previously speculated that Ford will offer the new Escape with three engine options: A base 2.5-liter four cylinder that's a carryover from the current model, and turbocharged fours in 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter displacements. We can only hope that the rumored 247-horsepower EcoBoost is what's hiding under the hood of that black Escape.

Ford is expected to introduce the 2013 Escape at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, so shouldn't be long before we find out.


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      Paul P.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I prefer the more utilitarian shape of the current Escape rather than these new rounded designs. I guess I'm in the minority though.
        Kumar
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Paul P.
        Not many people put that much emphasis any more on the utility part of SUV or CUV outside of the ability leave a paved surface a few times over the life of the vehicle.
        CJ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Paul P.
        I agree, I own a Tribute (twin to Escape)... and although there are things I dislike on it, (such as gas mileage) we love it's utilitarian design and practicality!
      jinushaun
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't convince myself to like the new global face of Ford. They should've just brought Kinetic to the US.
        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jinushaun
        It's effectively what it is ... this Escape is the US version of the mk2 Kuga.
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm saddened by this. First the Explorer, and now this. I sure hope the Expedition doesn't get the soft treatment.
      conneewhite
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh wow... AIR SHOCKS! ;-}
      creamwobbly
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks for all the world like Ford has decided to continue production of the Honda HR-V. I commend them.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      xichronoix
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is Ford starting to use the same engines on US models that they're using in Europe? Seems like the 1.6 and the 2.0 are engines used in Europe as well.
        tipdrip215
        • 3 Years Ago
        @xichronoix
        That's part of the "One Ford" strategy. Everything is globally shared, including platforms and engines, with the exceptions being trucks and the Mustang, and the V8s.
      Steve Lafreniere
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is this the reason why we didn't get the Focus wagon?
      NC1
      • 3 Years Ago
      My initial reaction wasn't positive, but when you find some pictures of the Kuga, that actually looks pretty good. So I think it's just the camo making me dislike it. It sure looks a lot more modern than the outgoing Escape. But on the other hand, the square boxes with big windows is more practical for cargo and visibility. Still, on the whole I think it is a good change.
      ctsmith1066
      • 3 Years Ago
      How is this not redundant, between the Edge and the forthcoming C-Max?
      aatbloke1967
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm amazed by all the C-Max and "not an SUV" comments. This is the next model in the "One Ford" strategy and another Ford of Europe design. It's the second-generation Ford Kuga, which will be named Escape in North America. As with the first-generation Kuga, it uses the platform of the Focus, although this time it's based on the third-generation latest model. The profile should not come as a surprise to anyone - it's almost identical to the current Kuga.
      • 3 Years Ago
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