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Tuesday, 22 May, 2012 9:12 PM

2013 Ford Escape revealed during SAE Detroit Section meeting

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The 2013 Ford Escape produces five miles per gallon better fuel economy than the previous model.

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

 

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DEARBORN, Mich. -- The 2013 model of the Ford Escape small sport utility vehicle was introduced on Tuesday inside the Ford Conference & Event Center in Dearborn, Mich. The new model offers 67.8 cubic feet of space in the first row and 34.3 cubic feet in the second row. Brian Sangeorzan, 2012 Chair of the SAE Detroit Section, discussed the organization's upcoming events. He also announced the winners of the SAE Detroit Section Awards for dedicated service, outstanding member, outstanding younger member, outstanding student member and outstanding service to AWIM (A World in Motion).

Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's Vice President of Engineering, was the first speaker. He talked about the One Ford plan, which focuses on all global assets of the Ford brand.

"While the global economy is finally showing signs of recovery, we knew we had to continue to renew our products," he said. "From its initial launch in 2001, the 2013 Ford Escape has greater fuel efficiency and styling and is the best compact SUV on the market today As of today, we sold over two million Ford Escapes and this year is the best year for the brand. From 2007 to 2010, the number of customers moving from the large SUV to the compact is 50 percent."

Rising fuel prices has brought customers to search for better fuel economy, Thai-Tang added. One in six customers buy a small SUV. These consumer trends are not in the U.S. only, its in all global markets.

Eric Loeffler, Ford's Global Chief Engineer, says the new 2013 Escape is a global vehicle and is a new entry vehicle in China. The platform is engineered in Europe. There are two Eco-boost engines, which has select shift transmission, four-wheel drive, improved braking, driving quality and quietness, towing capacity, safety technology and green technology.

"The 2013 model offers 67.8 cubic feet of space in the first row and 34.3 cubic feet in the second row," he said. "With its modern eye-catching design, aggressive lower grille and wraparound headlights, it is sure to please. The interior has an 8-inch display in the cockpit, ice blue lighting and trim, umbrella holders on each side of the seat. With new and improved seating, the vehicle has the lightest seat structure in the industry."

There is also a hands-free liftgate, Loeffler added. All you have to do is kick under the center of the bumper, and the liftgate opens. The Escape offers driver-assist technologies such as active park assist, blind spot system and rain sensing wipers. This vehicle is 85 percent recyclable.

Steve Russ, Ford's Combustion Technical Leader of the Global Engine Program, says over 40 percent of Eco-boost customers select this vehicle for better fuel efficiency.

"The 2013 Escape has better gas engine technology," he said. "The direct injector provides precisely controlled fuel delivery, which improves engine response. The 1.6-liter engine produces 178 horsepower with 184 foot-pounds of torque giving it 33 mpg highway. The 2.0-liter engine creates 240 horsepower with 270 foot-pounds of torque giving it 30 mpg highway."

Customers have a 70 percent favorable opinion of the eco-boost engine, Russ added. Ninety percent of Ford's eco-boost lineup is on the 2013 models. There is a 12 percent improvement over the 2012 Escape and also a five mpg improvement over the last year's model.

Sangeorzan announced the winners of the SAE Detroit Section Awards at the start of the meeting. Barbara Fronczak won the Dedicated Service Award while Charon Morgan, last year's chair, took home the Outstanding Section Member Award. The Outstanding Younger Member Award went to Laura Wontrop while Ron Deeds picked up the Outstanding Student Member Award. Finally, Mark Klavon won the Outstanding Service to AWIM (A World In Motion) Award. Fifty year members of the SAE Detroit Section were also recognized.

The next SAE Detroit Section meeting will feature the Cadillac XTS. It will take place inside the San Marino Club in Troy, Mich. on Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m. Click here for more information or to purchase your tickets online.

Related Story: 2013 Nissan Altima unveiled at SAE Detroit Section meeting

 

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Brian Sangeorzan is the 2012 Chair of the SAE Detroit Section.

 

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Two million Ford Escapes have been sold already this year.

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Hau Thai-Tang is Ford's Vice President of Engineering

 

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Two 2013 Ford Escapes were parked in the lobby of the Ford Conference and Event Center.

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Eric Loeffler is Ford's Global Chief Engineer

 

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