LA Auto Show: 2013 Ford Escape unveiled image

Even if you may call it the new Kuga, the 2013 Escape is one interesting choice when it comes to compact crossovers sold on the North American auto market and Ford has just presented the new model at the Los Angeles Auto Show, “packing” it in a sleeker and more aerodynamic look and offering it with a choice of three engines.

According to the North American based automaker, the new Ford Escape is using the same platform as the Focus compact sedan and hatchback and it will be a global vehicle, going on sale as the Kuga in Europe and China, with different engines and features in order to suit the local auto markets.

Ford will be offering its new Escape / Kuga with an option of three engines, where the lowest-level S model is an adaptation of the current 2.5 liter, four-cylinder, while the middle engine option is the 1.6 liter EcoBoost direct injected four-cylinder turbocharged unit, which will compete with the competition’s V6. The top-of-the-line engine is the 2.0 liter, four-cylinder EcoBoost which is replacing the V6, generating a total output of 237 horsepower and having a peak torque of 250 lb-ft. All the engines are mated with the six-speed automatic transmission, but this isn’t the dual-clutch version used in the Fiesta and Focus.

The 2013 Ford Escape is expected to go on sale sometime next year but the North American based automaker hasn’t released trim levels, option packages or pricing details, but until the new version hits the market, the 2012 Escape will remain in the dealerships.