According to a source within the Ford Motor Company, Ford will be introducing the Escape/Kuga crossover concept at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. The Escape/Kuga crossover is near production form and will like be available to the public by the end of 2012.
The new Escape/Kuga is based on the 2012 Focus’ platform, which is expected to go into production in the second half of 2012 and be sold as a 2013 model in the U.S. The new Escape/Kuga crossover concept will replace both the Ford Escape and Kuga, and it is still unclear as to whether or not Ford will keep both the Escape and Kuga names. But in alignment with Ford’s “One Ford” global product strategy, which is to have one name for vehicles sold in different regions, it is likely that a new name will emerge to replace both of the old names.
It is likely that the new Ford Escape/Kuga crossover concept will be similar to the current the Ford Kuga that was released last June in European markets. The Ford Kuga is about the same length as a Ford Escape but it is slightly longer in the wheelbase. The Ford Kuga is a front-wheel drive crossover with an optional all-wheel drive configuration.
So far, here is what we know about Ford Fuga for the U.S. It will be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine producing 145 horsepower mated to an automatic transmission, and there is also a 2.5-liter gasoline engine producing 200 horsepower that is in development. Current pricing is unknown at the moment, but we know that it will come with standard airbags, stability control, and Trailer Stability Assist. The Ford Kuga will also come with a three-year/36,000 mile basic warranty; five-year/60,000 mile powertrain and roadside assistance warranties; five-year corrosion warranty.
It’s probably that the Ford’s U.S. plants will get to produce the new Escape/Kuga in 2012, and it seems like the Ford’s factory in Louisville, Kentucky is up for the task.