Ford Australia has this month replaced itsKuga mid-sized SUV with the newly-named Escape.
Built on the same underpinnings, and withfamiliar drivelines and equipment grades, the Escape will go on sale locally in January.
Slightly cheaper than its predecessor, theEscape range now extends to eight model variants, offering two and all-wheel drive configurations,and the choice of turbo-petrol or turbo-diesel power.
Ford Australia says it hopes the Escape willgive it a better chance of competing against stalwart rivals like the Mazda CX-5; its moreaggressive styling and updated infotainment technology in the form of Ford’s SYNC 3eight-inch touchscreen.
The range is offered as standard with inclusionssuch as dual-zone climate-control, a reversing camera, digital radio (DAB+), and satellitenavigation; with paddle shifters standard on all automatic variants.
Ford backs the Escape with a three-year/100,000kmwarranty and roadside assistance program, as well as lifetime capped-price servicing.