2008 Ford Escape combines bold looks with a quiet ride and tough SUV capability

2008 Ford Escape combines bold looks with a quiet ride and tough SUV capability  
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Hybrids, New Models, News, Ford
on 01/07/2007

Source: Ford Motor Company

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The new Ford Escape and Escape Hybrid have a new look inside and out for 2008. An important part of Ford's commitment to deliver the new products that people want, the new vehicles are scheduled to be in dealer showrooms in the first quarter of 2007.
Customers are currently trending toward smaller SUVs and crossovers, making the 2008 Escape the right vehicle at the right time. It blends crossover construction with traditional SUV styling and capability. The result is an enticing small SUV and an excellent value.

In the years following its 2001 introduction, Escape has been a great market success. More than one million have been sold – a record for small SUVs or crossovers.

In upgrading Escape, Ford engineers focused on specific customer wants and needs. The interior, for example, has been redesigned with more upscale appointments, innovative storage options and improved comfort. Must-have convenience features including a touch screen navigation system, SIRIUS® satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack are now available.

Engineers made a host of changes to make the interior quiet and more refined. Compared with the previous model, the 2008 Escape is 15 percent quieter on the highway.

Meanwhile, the exterior's reshaping gives it a tougher stance, with a raised beltline and modern profile with just the right proportion of sheet metal to glass. The overall appearance, from grille to tail, has been honed to bring Escape in line with other members of the Ford Tough Truck family, such as Expedition and Explorer.

Under its skin, the new Escape has one of the most advanced safety packages in the segment. Escape comes standard with Safety CanopyTM side air curtains and side-impact air bags in the front seats to protect the torso of the driver and passenger. Non-hybrid models come standard with AdvanceTrac® with RSC®, Ford's exclusive Roll Stability Control.

Three powertrains are available – a standard 2.3-liter I-4, an optional 3.0-liter V-6 and a full hybrid electric version. For 2008, Escape Hybrid engineers updated the software in the control system to improve the transition between gasoline and electric operation. The transition from all-electric to gasoline power to a combination of the two is now even more seamless and virtually imperceptible to the driver.

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