Ford has unveiled the 2013 Escape at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Essentially a production version of the Vertrek concept, the Escape has aerodynamic styling with a prominent grille, a sloping roofline and a tailgate-mounted spoiler. Other highlights include a bulging hood, a hands-free power liftgate and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

Inside, the cabin is significantly improved with higher quality materials and nicer switchgear. The boot holds 34.3 cubic feet (971 liters) of luggage, but that can be expanded to 68.1 cubic feet (1,928 liters) with the rear seats folded down.

In the tech department, the Escape can be equipped with MyFord Touch, Active Park Assist and BLIS (Blind Spot Information System).

Under the hood, three four-cylinder engines are available. Choices include:

  • A 2.5-liter with 168 hp (125 kW / 170 PS) and 167 lb-ft (226 Nm) of torque
  • A 1.6-liter EcoBoost with 173 hp (129 kW / 175 PS) and 177 lb-ft (240 Nm) of torque 
  • A 2.0-liter EcoBoost with 237 hp (177 kW / 240 PS) and 250 lb-ft (338 Nm) of torque

Regardless of which engine is selected, it is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is optional on models with EcoBoost engines.

The 2013 Escape will be launched next year and the European Kuga will be introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Check out the press release for additional information

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