2012 Ford Escape finally revealed

The new Escape (Kuga in EU) measures 178.1 inches (4.52 m) in length, 72.4 inches (1.84 m) in width, 66.3 inches (1.68 m) in height, while it rides on a 105.9 inch (2.69 m) wheelbase.

Since this is a USDM model, engine choices are:
1) A normally aspirated 2.5-liter four cylinder unit delivering 168HP and 167 lb-ft of torque
2) A turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost inline four with 173HP and 177 lb-ft of torque that will be offered both in front- and all-wheel drive versions.
3) A turbocharged 2.0-liter Ecoboost that produces an output of 237HP and 250 lb-ft of torque and like the 1.6, it will also be available in FWD and AWD.

We’re not sure what the PH model engine specs will be but the 2.0L Ecoboost sounds tempting.

Other features available are a hands-free power liftgate that uses a motion sensor placed under the rear bumper, an active parking assist and a blind-spot information system (BLIS) to warn the driver about objects in the vehicle’s blind spots.

Ford is on a roll. We expect the next gen Escape to be launched by Ford Philippines after it has introduced the next gen Ranger and the Focus. So this might come in late 2012 or early 2013.


2012 Honda CRV

Another new model launched at the 2011 LA Auto Show.

At 178.5-in. long, 71.6-in. wide and 65.1-in. tall with a 103.1-in. wheelbase, the new model retains the same width and wheelbase measurements with the previous CR-V, but is 0.8-in. shorter in overall length and 1-in. in height.

Underneath the skin, the 2012 model introduces an updated 2.4-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower and 163 lb-ft. of torque (up 5HP and 2 lb-ft over the previous engine) paired with a standard 5-speed automatic transmission.

Still no news on when the PH release will be but we expect it to be late 2012 or early 2013.

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The New Kia Rio is Coming

The new Kia Rio, which is expected to be available by January 2012, is currently on display at the Autofocus Motorshow in SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds from Nov. 10-13. Both the sedan and hatch are present.

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