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Leveraging their global product portfolio, the all-new Escape is a completely-built up (CBU) unit sourced from North America. Based on what we saw at the Ford pavilion, the initial unit the company has brought in is the Escape in the Titanium trim. This means it is powered by a 2.0-liter EcoBoost with 240 horsepower putting it squarely even with the Subaru Forester XT; in fact, the Escape out torques the Forester XT at 350 Nm vs 366 Nm. This engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and may either a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive variant. In terms of wheels, the Escape Titanium rides on beefy 19-inch rims.
“We are excited to bring the all-new Escape to the Philippines, which further expands our unmatched lineup of SUVs in the market and addresses the various needs and requirements of every market segment,” said Kay Hart, Ford Philippines Managing Director.
Though everything is purely speculative at this point (and we don’t know for certain what variant Ford is bringing in), the impending arrival of the all-new Escape is certainly welcome news. Here’s hoping for a renewed compact crossover battle that’s (currently) convincingly won by the Subaru Forester.