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2013 Ford Escape Revealed

The all-new 2013 Ford Escape is debuting at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, showcasing the most significant redesign of the affordable small SUV since it went on sale in the United States in 2001. In addition to the refreshed styling, the 2013 Ford Escape will feature all-new powertrains.

According to a press release, Ford says the new crossover SUV will feature “three fuel-efficient four-cylinder options, including the new 1.6- and 2.0-liter EcoBoost engines and a 2.5-liter Ti-VCT four-cylinder.” Ford says the 1.6-liter Ecoboost engine is expected to deliver more than 31 mpg highway, which is comparable with the fuel economy of the 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid.

“The standard engine is a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder, which produces 168 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque,” Autoblog reports. “Next up is an all-new 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder with 173 hp and 177 lb-ft on tap, and the range-topping engine is the 2.0-liter EcoBoost that boasts 237 hp and 250 lb-ft. All of these powerplants are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.”

Offering three new engines gives the 2013 Ford Escape more powertrain configurations than what the Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V offer.

The Detroit News says that the 2013 Escape will be able to tow up to 3,500 pounds.

According to Autoblog, the 2013 Ford Escape “takes much of its design inspiration from the 2012 Focus. The large, trapezoidal lower grille, the wraparound design of the taillamps and even the alloy wheels are further interpretations of the Focus formula.”

The EPA has not yet released fuel economy numbers for the 2013 Ford Escape, nor has Ford announced pricing for its affordable small SUV. The 2013 Escape will go on sale in 2012.

Check out our full coverage of the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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