NEW FOR 2011:

– Exterior colours: Tuxedo Black Metallic, Blue Flame Metallic and Lime Squeeze Metallic added; Kiwi Green Metallic, Black Slate Metallic, Oxford White, Sport Blue Metallic and Black discontinued

For 2011, the Ford Escape is unchanged, except for exterior colours.

The Escape comes with a choice of 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, with a five-speed manual available on front-wheel models, or a six-speed automatic that’s optional on front-wheel and the only choice on all-wheel models; and a 3.0-litre V6 Duratec engine, with six-speed automatic. The Hybrid uses a 2.5-litre Atkinson-cycle engine with electric motor, nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) battery and electronically-controlled CVT.

The Escape XLT Manual uses the 2.5-litre with five-speed manual. The XLT and Limited use the 2.5-litre with six-speed automatic, and can be optioned to the 3.0-litre V6. The Hybrid comes in base or Limited trim.

Features on the XLT models include 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, keyless entry, SecuriCode keypad, tire pressure monitoring system, cloth seats, six-way power driver’s seat, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input, Sirius satellite radio, cruise control, floor console, floor mats, auto-down driver’s window, tilt steering wheel, vanity mirrors, automatic headlamps, fog lamps, liftgate with flip-up glass, privacy glass, black roof rack side rails, heated blind spot mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, and two-speed rear washer/wiper.

The Hybrid builds on the XLT and adds dual-zone automatic climate control, body-colour upper and lower grilles, 110-volt power outlet, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, and illuminated vanity mirrors.

The Limited builds on the XLT and adds dual-zone automatic climate control, chrome upper and lower grilles, chrome roof rack side rails, body-colour door handles and mirrors, power sunroof, reverse sensing system, premium CD/MP3 stereo, SYNC, MyKey, heated leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, ebony black-trimmed centre stack, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, illuminated vanity mirrors, ambient lighting, garage door opener, and cargo cover.

The Hybrid Limited is equipped similarly to the Limited but adds a rear-view camera.

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