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2011 LA Auto Show: Top debuts

Microsoft IES Logo By Mark Atkinson for MSN Autos of Microsoft IES | Slide 1 of 30

2013 Ford Escape

After a dozen years on the market using essentially the same package, the Ford Escape finally abandons its upright styling for something sleeker. The visual links to other global new Fords, like the Fiesta and Focus are easy to spot, and most of the interior themes were taken almost directly from the upcoming C-Max people-mover. The Escape will also replace the European Kuga crossover, so for the first time, there will be just one model sold in every market. Seeing as the aging Escape is by far the best seller in its class in Canada and the United States, Ford can't afford to muck this up.Motivation will come from a trio of four-cylinder engines: a base 2.5-litre four-cylinder, a mid-range 175-hp turbocharged 1.6-litre EcoBoost and a 240-hp 2.0-litre EcoBoost that replaces the old V6 as the choice for towing. The carry-over 2.5 will only be available in front-wheel-drive, while the EcoBoost pair will enjoy an upgraded optional all-wheel-drive system that uses torque-vectoring technology.
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