Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Ford ZD Escape

2008 Ford ZD Escape
Ford Press Release

Ford ZD Escape 2008Ford released details of a new fresh-looking Escape Sport Utility Vehicle at the Adelaide International Motor Show today, showcasing an extensive make-over, a revised interior, additional safety and an attractive new recommended retail price.

"The ZD Escape is the perfect introduction to the Ford Sport Utility Vehicle range, delivering on attributes expected of a recreational SUV in a compact yet extremely functional package," said Vice-President of Marketing and Sales, Mr Mark Winslow.

"Escape offers car-like ride and handling, genuine off-road capability and excellent versatility in a rugged and stylish appearance that represents excellent value for money."

The release of the new model heralds a realignment of the Escape nameplate. One highly specified model, sporting a 2.3-litre four-cylinder inline petrol engine coupled to a floor-mounted four-speed automatic transmission, will now represent the range.

Ford ZD Escape 2008"We've made these changes to better differentiate between our two SUV model lines," said Mr Winslow.

"There is now a clear-cut discernable 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."

Visual enhancements to the new-look Escape have touched almost every aspect of the exterior, primarily focussing on the front and rear appearance.

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

Ford ZD Escape 2008A new piano burgundy trim has been lavished on the interior console, along with changes to the seat trim and inside door treatment.

Safety has also been boosted thanks to the inclusion of front seat side/head thorax airbags as standard.

Additional standard-fit safety and creature-comfort features include Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), cruise-control and climate control.

Complementing the fresh new look and additional safety, 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.

"In addition to stylish aesthetic enhancements and improved safety, the new-look Escape features a recommended retail price of only AUD$31,990," said Mr Winslow. (Excluding dealer delivery and statutory charges).

"With on-demand all-wheel-drive, automatic transmission and front seat side head/thorax airbags as standard, the changes announced today have further strengthened Escape's overall appeal and make it one of the best value-proposition SUV packages available."

Technical Specifications
Engine: 2.3-litre four-cylinder
Aspiration: Natural
Maximum Power: 109 kW (146 hp) @ 6000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 199 Nm (147 lb-ft) @ 4000 rpm
Transmission: Four-speed automatic
Drivetrain: All-wheel drive

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