DEARBORN, Mich. (May 11, 2012) — Featuring a new look, the all-new Ford Escape — manufactured in Louisville, Ky. — is roomier and has more cargo capacity than the current model. And the small utility vehicle provides clever spots to help drivers and passengers stay organized.
With second-row seats that fold flat with the touch of a button, stowing different types of cargo is made easier with the space and smart features available in the 2013 Ford Escape, including an umbrella holder, second-row floor bin and ticket holder in each sun visor.
“The new Escape has more cargo space than the previous model as well as a number of storage bins and other unique storage features,” said Eric Jackson, vehicle architecture supervisor. “Whether you have an umbrella, parking stub, cell phone, sunglasses or large water bottle, the new Escape has a specific place for it where it won’t get lost or roll under the seat. The hidden storage under the second-row floor is great for keeping items secure and out of view.”
In addition to handling small items, the new Escape handles large ones, too. With a roomy second row and standard cargo tie-downs, this Escape is ready to handle loads large or small.
The available hands-free power liftgate brings new technology to the SUV market and makes it easier to stow gear. The Escape is the only SUV to have this convenient and unique feature.
A gentle kicking motion under the center of the rear bumper activates, unlocks and raises the liftgate when the driver has the Escape key fob in his or her possession. This allows quick and easy access to the cargo area without needing to set down packages or dig around for the keys. The same motion closes the hatch. The system safeguards against accidental opening by being programmed to open with leg motion – not when an animal runs underneath or when the vehicle hits a bump on the road.
The liftgate height can be programmed or adjusted manually to meet specific customer needs.
The Escape features several places to store specific items in the interior including umbrellas, bottles and cell phones.
Unique storage spots include:
• Overhead visors with ticket holders for parking or toll tickets
• Hidden storage bin under the second-row floor
• Small umbrella holders on both the driver and passenger seat trim panels
• A card holder below and a stowage bin above the center of the instrument panel
• Center console space to hold a 1-liter bottle, MP3 player or CDs
• Eight cupholders – four in the front and rear doors, two in the front center console and two in the optional folding second-row armrest
• Rear cargo management system
• Convenient USB ports in the center console and 110-volt inverter located at the back of the floor console for easy plug-in of laptops, cell phone chargers or other electronics