Ford Motor Co. has revealed information on pricing and trim levels on the 2008 Ford Escape SUV. First making its public appearance last month in Los Angeles, the second-generation compact SUV now features slightly less archaic exterior styling, adds to the mix a new 2.5-liter Duratec 25 inline-four engine, but remains almost identical to the outgoing model when it comes to wheelbase and interior volume.
The ‘ute’s average selling price said to be $1,100 lower than that of 2007 models, despite somewhat improved design and more extensive list of standard equipment.
The new Ford Escape will start at $19,245 ($655 destination and delivery charges included) for the XLS trim with 2.3-liter in-line Duratec four-banger (153 hp, 152 lb.-ft torque) mated with a five-speed manual transmission.
The 2008 Ford Escape XLT V-6 will cost you only $22,545. There will also be a model with a Hybrid powerplant, which will begin at $25,740.
All vehicles will come with such standard equipment as Safety Canopy side curtain air bags, AdvanceTrac system with RSC, Tire Pressure Monitor System, standard MP3 audio jack, available SIRIUS satellite radio, and a new front storage bin with a power point and room for laptop storage.
What’s the most exciting is that the new SUV will be for the first time available with a touchscreen navigation system.
For some extra money you can also get optional 3.0-liter, 24-valve V-6 Duratec 30 V-6 engine (200 hp, 193 lb.-ft. torque) or 2.3-liter DOHC 16-valve Atkinson cycle I-4 engine and 330V Nickel-Metal Hydride battery, mated to four-speed automatic, intelligent 4WD system, moonroof, leather trim, DVD-based Navigation system, 17-inch wheels and other features.
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