2013 Escape: Style & Fuel Economy
The competitive field of compact SUVs is getting its newest challenger, the 2013 Ford Escape, which should be coming out some time this Summer. The shape of the new Escape is far more aerodynamic than last year’s model, and that Ford claims is only one of the factors that helped the Escape get a 4.7L/100km fuel economy rating. Other fuel-saving strategies include the use of Ford’s EcoBoost engine technology, electric power steering, low rolling-resistance tires, and grille shutters that close to reduce wind friction.
Improved Features for 2013
Along with greater fuel economy come improved traction and handling dynamics thanks to torque vectoring all-wheel drive and Curve Control. Torque vectoring allows the Escape to direct power to the wheels with grip, rather than wasting it on wheels defeated by slippery conditions. This system operates seamlessly and with lightning speed. It’s capable of delivering 100% of the engine’s output to either the front or rear wheels, or any combination therein.
Curve Control is a system that manages brake force when the vehicle is engaged in cornering. Ever hit the brakes mid-corner when travelling too fast for the radius? If so, you’ll know how it unsettles the vehicle’s stability. Not so with Curve Control; in order to maintain control, it applies brake pressure to each wheel based on the cornering forces at play.
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