2013 Ford Escape

Ford finally takes the wraps off the all new 2013 Ford Escape. Check out the gallery and specs for the new Escape.

From the Detroit Free Press:

The new Escape compact crossover is Ford’s latest vehicle to shed a boxy fa├žade for more finessed contours, a change that executives say improves fuel economy.

When Ford first launched the Escape a decade ago, designers sought to make it look rugged, like an SUV, rather than streamlined like Honda’s CR-V or Toyota’s RAV4. But shoppers are now looking for sleeker design, said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of the Americas.

“We’re injecting a style aspect to it, which consumers are saying, ‘We want, (but) don’t pull back one iota in the utility capability,’ ” Fields said.

Ford unveils the Escape today at the Los Angeles auto show, ahead of its sales launch next year. Ford is counting on the Escape’s huge customer base to make the new version as successful as its predecessor, even though Ford showrooms will soon be crowded with five car-based family vehicles.

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Ford kills Escape Hybrid, adds two EcoBoost engine options

This is interesting news on the green car front. From AutoNews.com:

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co.’s redesigned 2013 Escape crossover, due in early 2012, will lose its V-6 engine and hybrid-powertrain versions, the automaker said today.

Instead, the next generation Escape will have three engine options, all of them four-cylinders.

Ford will move the Escape Hybrid’s powertrain to the C-Max Hybrid, which it will launch next year.

The redesigned Escape will be based on the Vertrek concept shown at the 2011 Detroit auto show. Ford will show a production version of the 2013 Escape this fall at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Ford will offer a 2.5-liter four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine as the base engine in the 2013 Escape. Ford also will offer a 1.6- and a 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection EcoBoost engine in the Escape.

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Maserati Kubang Debuts

Maserati has shot its opening salvo in the premium SUV market with the Kubang. Based on the Grand Cherokee, the Kubang is set to compete with the Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5. We have known about this model for a long time, but now we get a first glance of its looks.

It is definitely prettier than its competition by a wide margin. Whereas the Cayenne and X5 look overly large and bloated, the Kubang is svelte and refined. The name is even better. Say it with me, “Kubang.” It sounds like the main character in a 70’s detective show.

No word yet on performance specifications, but those details should be coming out soon enough.

Source: Autoblog

  

MW3 Edition Jeep Debuts

Jeep has partnered with Activision to release the Modern Warfare 3 Edition Wrangler. What you get over a stock Wrangler is some MW3 logos on the seats and the outside of the car, new bumpers, shocks, tires, and a Powerdome hood. Most of these goodies are ripped right out of the Mopar catalog so they are actually useful offroad. However, anyone who has been to the suburbs knows that the closest most Wrangler owners get to going offroad is when they hop curbs because they aren’t paying attention to driving.

So at the end of the day you have a vehicle that traces its origins to an old war vehicle (that is supposed to go offroad, but rarely does), with the logos of a video game that portrays pretending to go to war, played by people that rarely go outside. So this should get some attention over a used Jeep Wranglers for sale.

A match made in poseur heaven.

Source: Autoblog

  

2011 Silverado 2500 4WD LTZ Crew Cab Review

Bullz-Eye.com reviews the 2011 Silverado 2500!

The 2011 Silverado 2500 4WD LTZ Crew Cab makes a great first impression with its muscular exterior. We are happy to report things only got better during our test drive. Chevy made some significant changes to the 2011 Silverado that continue to perfect an already great truck!

Exterior
The Steel Green Metallic 2011 Silverado 2500 4WD LTZ Crew Cab we drove was an imposing sight with 20-inch forged polished aluminum wheels, 6-inch tubular chromed assist steps, chrome rear bumper and bodyside moldings. For an even sportier look, the LTZ truck included chrome surround grille, cargo box illumination, solar ray deep tinted glass and front fog lamps. The crew cab was well balanced with cab forward design. With all of the chrome updates, the 2011 Silverado 2500 4WD LTZ Crew Cab stands out on the road and commands respect. Heavy duty trucks have come a long way and with the 2500HD LTZ, you can add good looks to the equation.

Interior
Gone are the days of bare bones interiors. Trucks now have options to assist us on all of our jobs, like the rear vision camera built into the rearview mirror. Our test model included auto dual-zone air, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power heated black leather bucket seats with memory, OnStar, Bose premium speaker system, USB port and the always handy steering wheel radio controls. The dashboard and control center were clean and classy and had features like XM radio, driver info center display, 12-volt auxiliary power outlet and sharp wood trim. The cabin was spacious and the the center glove box was large and sturdy, with an open storage right under the control center. The handles and knobs were tailor made for workers wearing gloves, but look sharp enough to take your girlfriend or bride out on a nice date.

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