New Ford Escape (Kuga) Debuts in LA

Ford's newest sport utility vehicle unveiled as the Ford Escape in Los Angeles today, is destined for the US and Europe next year. Its European equivalent, the Ford Kuga, will be shown in Geneva in March and will offer unique powertrains and features.

Ford says “We call our all-new Ford Escape the ‘Smarter Utility Vehicle’ because it offers the strengths that customers today really value – fuel economy, versatility and new technology that makes driving and living with the vehicle easier and more fun – all wrapped in a sleek, more modern design,”

In addition to more cargo volume behind the first and second rows than today’s vehicle, the new Escape delivers Clever technologies including a hands-free power liftgate that allows quick and easy access to cargo with the kick of a foot, better fuel economy, better and more engaging drive dynamics and a new Ford Intelligent 4WD system that provides better traction off-road.

A Sleek new design features better interior materials and finishing touches which may prove the new Escape… sorry, Kuga to be a popular choice when launched in 2012.