As reported many months ago, Ford will replace its Escape compact SUV with a new crossover model similar to the European Kuga. Based on the same architecture as the new global Focus, the new Escape/Kuga will be previewed in concept form at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January.
The same platform will be used for the upcoming Grand C-Max MPV as well as for a Lincoln compact crossover.
Powertrains will likely be shared with the Focus, meaning there will be a 2.0-liter direct-injected 4-cylinder, while an EcoBoost option is also certain to be included to give the new Kuga/Escape enough oomph to keep pace offerings like the Toyota RV4 V6.
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