Ford previews the next generation Kuga

The new Ford Escape will be the US name for the SUV as Ford looks to sell its newest 4×4 vehicle across the world.

Ford says the new SUV will combine the practicality of a soft-roader and an all terrain vehicle, with interior and exterior styling bridging the gap between both.

Engine-wise the new Ford Escape comes with a choice from the EcoBoost range of eco-friendly engines. These engines range from either a 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine or 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine and are designed to offer more power but lower emission than previous petrol engines in the Kuga range.

Along with an all new sporty looking exterior the Escape offers an array of clever technologies, which is especially reflected in its new four-wheel-drive system.

This new four-wheel-drive system uses a more intelligent technology that provides better traction control with things like fast corners and general off-road driving conditions. The new four-wheel-drive system is also adaptive to the likes of soft-road conditions and everyday driving.

Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, global product development said: “We call our all-new Ford Escape the ‘Smarter Utility Vehicle’ because it offers the strengths that customers today really value – fuel economy, versatility and new technology that makes driving and living with the vehicle easier and more fun – all wrapped in a sleek, more modern design.

Other handy technology includes a hands-free power liftgate, virtually stress-free parallel active park assist and a blind spot information system.

It also offers the Ford SYNC system with MyFord Touch. This system offers multiple ways for customers to navigate functions within the Escape, which includes things like Skype and Bluetooth.

The technology was first seen in the new Ford Focus, which was launched in the UK towards the beginning of 2011.

Kuzak added: “Ford understands that more people every year are looking at vehicles like Escape, and we want to give them even more reasons to buy.”

Although official release dates for the UK have not yet been revealed it will be making its market debut in the US and Europe next year and is expected to go under the Ford Kuga name in the UK.

Ford vehicles are available from Perry’s Aylesbury and High Wycombe dealerships.