Ford Middle East has officially “launched” the all-new 2013 Ford Escape at the 2013 Qatar Motor Show, even while it’s already been available in certain GCC markets, such as the UAE, for several months now.
Interestingly, at least in the UAE, Ford has chosen to offer the compact Escape crossover in only front-wheel-drive format, mated to a carryover 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed automatic instead of the fancy turbocharged motors available in the United States. It may be an attempt to differentiate the Escape from the larger V6-powered Edge, which overlaps in price.
Features in the modern new Escape include more cargo space, with an optional hands-free power tailgate that opens by hovering your foot under the bumper. The new Escape’s rear seats have been designed to fold flat easily with the touch of a button. The MyFord Touch, SYNC, etcetera multimedia system is also available on the Escape for the first time, offering a touchscreen or voice controls for the phone, stereo and other functions. Higher models also get a blind-spot monitor, among several other safety features, such as standard front-side airbags and stability control.
Prices start at Dhs 89,000 in the UAE.
For more details, visit the Ford Escape buyer guide.