2001 Escape Overview

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    “Escape will bring a new group of buyers to our
    Outfitters showrooms – buyers who may not have owned or even
    considered an SUV before. With the new Ford Escape, we now have the
    most comprehensive lineup of SUVs on the planet. Ford can now
    outfit customers with the exact SUV to meet their lifestyle and
    sense of adventure.”
    _ Jim O’Connor, Ford Division president

    2001 Ford Escape: Small SUV for Big-City Driving and Outdoor

    Based on an all-new platform, the 2001 Ford Escape brings a
    confident new offering to the growing small sport utility vehicle
    (SUV) segment. For the active lifestyles of the young or young at
    heart, Escape offers new levels of comfort, convenience and
    versatility to the toughness that comes with every Ford SUV.

    Key attributes include:

    • An all-new platform with unibody construction – for light
      weight, nimble maneuverability, low stance for ease of entry and
      exit, and enhanced safety protection
    • Low fuel consumption – ranging from an estimated 24-28 miles per
      gallon on the U.S. EPA highway cycle – and low emissions vehicle
      (LEV) status
    • A four-wheel independent suspension – offering refined ride and
    • The most spacious interior in the small SUV class at 133.9 cubic
      feet – providing versatility for carrying cargo and room to seat
      five passengers
    • A choice of DOHC 2.0-liter 130-horsepower Zetec I-4 or 3.0-liter
      200-horsepower Duratec V-6 engine
    • Front-wheel drive powertrain or optional all-new Control Trac
      IITM, Ford’s full-time 4×4 with a
      switch to select four-wheel drive automatic or “4×4 On” to
      lock the system into 4×4 mode
    • Up to 3,500-pound towing capacity (with V-6 engine and towing
      package) – enough to pull jet skis, snowmobiles or a small boat
    • Four doors and rear liftgate with flip-up glass for access to a
      large, versatile cargo area
    • Standard in-dash single-CD player or an optional MACH in-dash
      six-disc CD player with 300 watts of peak power
    • A comprehensive safety package featuring optional side-impact
      air bags, Belt MinderTM and
      “LATCH” child safety seat attachments and tether

    With unibody construction and the confidence of available
    go-anywhere four-wheel-drive capabilities, the new Ford Escape
    provides refined ride and handling, best-in-class interior
    spaciousness, good fuel economy and low emissions in a small, tough
    SUV. Versatile enough for the most active lifestyles and easily
    maneuverable in urban traffic, Escape is designed to appeal to a new
    and younger group of SUV consumers.

    The Market

    Ford’s newest sport utility vehicle marks the company’s expansion
    into the growing small SUV segment. Sales in that part of the
    segment have more than doubled in the United States in the past four
    years, from sales of 250,000 vehicles in 1995 to more than 500,000
    through the end of 1999.

    “Ford pioneered the modern SUV market with the Explorer in
    1991. Since then, SUV sales in the U.S. have climbed an average of
    17 percent per year,” explains O’Connor. “The 2001 Escape
    provides a logical extension of the Ford SUV family and will help us
    maintain our proven leadership by providing customers with a bold
    new choice in the small SUV market.”

    On sale this summer, Escape joins Ford’s Outfitters lineup of
    sport utility vehicles and is another example of the company’s
    “No Boundaries” promise for its SUVs. Ford dealers,
    Outfitters, now feature Explorer, Explorer Sport, Explorer Sport
    Trac, Expedition, Excursion, and the new Escape – giving Ford the
    most comprehensive SUV lineup in the industry.

    Smaller than the best-selling four-door Ford Explorer, Escape is
    designed to appeal to younger buyers as well as the “young at
    heart” – drivers who want fun, agile, sporty, durable yet
    affordable and fuel-efficient transportation for their active

    “We believe Escape will appeal to a wide variety of
    consumers, including those who have not owned an SUV before but now
    require the space and versatility that an SUV provides. They might
    not consider a larger SUV. Escape will provide them with the
    perfect solution,” says Stuart Smith, Ford Escape brand

    “Whether they are young singles, newlyweds, small families
    or empty nesters, Escape is designed to be an affordable and fun
    option that allows them to do all of the things that they enjoy,
    such as skiing, camping and biking,” Smith says.

    Design, Package and Ergonomics

    Designed to combine Ford’s truck toughness with a refined sporty
    look, Escape has a confidently poised stance with aggressive wheel
    lips stamped in the sheet metal, wide body cladding and integrated
    bumper guards to give it an assured look of off-road readiness and

    Escape’s interior package – the most spacious in the small SUV
    class at 133.9 cubic feet – is designed for maximum comfort,
    convenience, passenger roominess and cargo flexibility. Escape has
    room to carr y five adults and their cargo comfortably.

    Entering and exiting the vehicle is aided by the vehicle’s low
    sill height and wide door openings, with assist grips for both front
    and rear seat occupants.

    All audio and climate controls are located in the easy-to-reach
    and easy-to-read center stack. The center stack is oriented toward
    the driver for superior ergonomics. The controls are logically
    arranged with the more often used audio buttons located above the
    less frequently used climate controls. An in-dash, AM/FM stereo
    with single CD player is standard. Optional audio systems include
    an in-dash, MACH six-disc CD changer, that achieves 300 watts of
    peak power.

    Escape will be sold in two trim levels. The XLS is the
    well-equipped base model with standard air conditioning, power locks
    and windows and fold-flat rear seating. The XLT adds such features
    as a large center console, anti-lock (ABS) brakes and alloy aluminum
    wheels, AM/FM stereo with CD and cassette and 60/40 split rear
    seating as standard equipment.

    Optional features available from Ford Outfitters reflect the
    active lifestyles of Escape owners, including an in-vehicle storage
    system for two mountain bikes and a clip-in pet barrier.

    Driving Dynamics

    Based on an all-new platform, developed in partnership with
    Mazda, the new Ford Escape is a tough, rugged and versatile small
    SUV that combines maximum convenience and comfort with a unibody
    design for refined ride and handling. Its wide, firm stance is
    designed to communicate visual confidence.

    Escape is designed with robust off-road capability with the
    sure-footedness of front-wheel-drive or the all-new Control Trac
    IITM four-wheel-drive system.
    With a four-wheel independent suspension and fine-tuned
    rack-and-pinion steering, Escape is just as at home in the city
    because it is nimble and maneuverable in urban traffic.

    Escape comes with a choice of a standard 130-horsepower 2.0-liter
    I-4 Zetec engine with 5-speed manual transaxle or an optional
    200-horsepower 3.0-liter Duratec V-6 with 4-speed automatic
    transmission. With the optional V-6 engine and the available Class
    II trailer towing package, Escape has an impressive towing capacity
    of up to 3,500 pounds – enough to pull a horse trailer, pair of jet
    skis, snowmobiles or a small speed boat.

    Fuel economy for the Escape will average between 24 and 28 mpg on
    the U.S. EPA highway cycle. Escape is certified to low emission
    vehicle (LEV) standards.

    Front-wheel drive is standard, but many customers will opt for
    the new Control Trac IITM
    four-wheel-drive system. Control Trac IITM provides the driver the option of two
    different settings, “4×4 Auto” and “4×4 On.” The
    automatic setting allows for the vehicle to determine the torque
    split to the rear wheels, while the “4×4 On” setting
    splits the torque evenly between the front and rear drive wheels,
    enhancing performance when driving off-road or in other uncertain
    driving conditions.

    Safety and Security

    From the foundation of its unibody platform to its comprehensive
    list of safety features, Ford Escape has been designed with safety
    as a priority. Escape’s architecture has been carefully designed to
    channel the energy created in a frontal crash and spread it out over
    a larger area of the vehicle.

    Typically, energy created in a crash is absorbed by a vehicle’s
    rail frame. For Escape, a front fender reinforcement helps to
    direct the energy load of a crash between the lower rail frame and
    an upper path that goes through the roof.

    An energy-absorbing steering column also helps to absorb the
    impact of a crash. Escape also features energy-absorbing knee
    bolsters – located below the instrument panel – designed to reduce
    the risk of leg injuries for front seat occupants.

    Standard side-intrusion high-tensile-steel door beams also help
    protect passengers in side impacts.

    Driver- and front-passenger second generation air bags are
    standard. Front-seat dual side air bags are optional.

    Buckle pretensioners combined with load-limiting retractors are
    standard on front seat belts. In a crash, these devices
    automatically take up slack in the belts. The load limiter is
    designed to reduce the risk of chest injuries in severe

    Escape provides advanced protection for children with the new
    “LATCH” (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system
    for child safety seats. Offered a full year before required by U.S.
    government regulations, LATCH includes rear-seat-mounted rigid
    anchors combined with ceiling-mounted top tether anchors to allow a
    properly designed child safety seat to be clipped into position
    quickly and accurately.

    The Ford SecuriLockTM engine
    immobilizer system is standard on all Escapes. The system uses a
    key containing an electronically encrypted transponder that is
    written to and read through a transceiver unit attached to the
    ignition key cylinder. Without the proper key, the vehicle cannot
    be started.


    The 2001 Ford Escape goes on sale this summer. The base
    Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices for the 2001 Ford Escape
    range from $18,160 (including destination and delivery charges of
    $515) for the XLS series to $21,335 (including destination and
    delivery charges) for the XLT series equipped with Ford’s new
    Control Trac IITM four-wheel drive

    Escape will be built at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in
    Claycomo, Mo.