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.


Compact car lineup in PH next year

We more or less have an idea what the lineup for the Philippine compact car (premium and mass) market will be for next year. For anyone looking to purchase, here is the list with a short description for each:

1. Audi A3/A4 – a more expensive VW.
2. BMW 3 series – the overpaid yuppie’s choice.
3. Mercedes Benz C-Class – what the overpaid yuppie should have bought.
4. Volvo C30/S40 – the “cheapest” premium compact car.
5. Chevrolet Cruze – 2011 PH Car of the Yr. The mid-sized compact car.
6. Kia Forte – no matter how nice, no one will buy. Overpriced.
7. Hyundai Elantra – a serious contender
8. Nissan Sentra/200 – old / overpriced and under spec’d.
9. Ford Focus mk3 – will probably be the best mass market compact for 2012 but still wont be no. 1 in sales
10. Toyota Altis – a safe choice. No frills but no headaches as well.
11. Honda Civic – all new model. Same everything but will still sell.
12. Mazda3 – a great car if you can ignore the big smiley grill.
13. Mitsubishi Lancer – agressive performer.
14. Subaru Impreza – form follows function.
15. Hyundai i30 – just wait for the next gen and pray its not overpriced again.
16. China brands – give them 5 more years and they’ll be the next Hyundai/Kia.

Did I miss anything?