Ford offers new Escape option
  |  First Published: April 2004

A NEW engine, new active safety features and a range of styling changes highlight the launch of the new Ford ZB Escape.

Escape's engine line-up now consists of a 2.3-litre DOHC 4-cylinder to complement the acclaimed 3.0-litre DOHC V6, and the range now comprises a four-cylinder XLS, and V6-powered XLS, XLT and Limited models.

The 2.3-litre DOHC four-cylinder engine in the ZB Escape produces a healthy 108kW at 6000rpm and 201Nm of torque at 4500rpm. It uses a Variable Intertia-charging System (VIS) for excellent torque and fuel economy throughout the rev range. Four-cylinder and V6 engines are mated to a four-speed automatic transmission and come complete with Ford's 'on-demand all-wheel-drive system' to maximise traction in a variety of road conditions. The 4x4 auto system acts as a 4x2 to enhance fuel economy.

A dash-mounted locking switch activates an electro-magnetic coupling, locking the powertrain into a true, 50/50 front-to-rear 4WD system. Thos seamless lock-up feature can be smoothly engaged while the vehicle is moving.

Further local testing and refinement have been undertaken to optimise the new ZB Escape's suspension for Australia's driving conditions, with increased handling stability and ride comfort levels. Active safety has been improved with the inclusion of a new mechanical brake-assist system on the Escape XLS 2.3L. Three new colours and painted bumpers, bodyside cladding and wheel arches headline the exterior styling changes to ZB Escape.

Recommended retail pricing for the ZB Escape starts at $31,990 for the four-cylinder XLS, moving up to $33,990 for the V6 version, $37,990 for the V6-only XLT and $41,750 for the Limited (prices exclude dealer delivery and statutory charges).

– Ford Australia

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