The current Ford Escape--despite what the commercials suggest--is showing its age. It's seen minimal changes since its 2001 launch, but a big change is on the way. Ford is planning on showing the crossover’s replacement at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show
A source told Automotive News that Ford would be showing the Escape’s replacement and the European version, the Kuga, at the 2011 North American International Auto Show. These two crossovers will be in the same mechanical family as the Focus and the Fiesta, and they will be near-twins, as Ford’s global-car push comes to compact crossover.
One question that still remains for the Detroit automaker is the new crossover’s name. Under Ford’s One Ford strategy, the company would only use one name for each global platform but the Escape nameplate has done well in the United States and developed quite the following. Since 2002, Ford has sold over 100,000 examples of the Escape each year with 173,044 models rolling out of the showrooms in 2009.
In Europe the Kuga has been just as impressive, ever since it replaced the Maverick in 2008.
Whether the new model goes by Escape or Kuga, production will start in late 2012 for the 2013 model year at Ford’s Kentucky plant.