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by George Skentzos

Ford has released details of its new Escape SUV, unveiled today at the Adelaide International Motor Show.

The new range is now comprised of just one highly specified model – the ZD Escape, the equivalent of the previous XLT model Escape.

Ford unveils ZD Escape SUV

The ZD Escape sports a 2.3-litre four-cylinder inline petrol engine producing 109kW at 6,000rpm and 199Nm at 4,000rpm, and returns fuel economy of 10.5-litres per 100km.

“There is now a clear-cut discernible difference between what Escape and Territory represent and what they offer our customers. The two models now complement each other in the showroom better than ever before.”

Ford unveils ZD Escape SUV

This is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission with on-demand AWD (max 50 per cent rear) and push-button lockable full-time AWD.

Key changes include new front fog lamps, headlamps, alloy wheels, grille treatment, bumpers, wheel arch and door cladding, tailgate and rear tail lamps.

Ford unveils ZD Escape SUV

Standard safety includes Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) as well as front seat side/head thorax airbags.

The new-look Escape goes on sale this month with a recommended retail price less than the equivalent ZC 2.3-litre four-cylinder inline XLT model it is replacing – with a recommended retail price of $31,990.






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