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Since the introduction of the Ford Escape in 2001 it has been relatively the same design and it has continued to surpass expectations last year alone, the Ford Escape outsold the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4. But apparently Ford thought the design was getting old because when the new 2013 Ford Escape was unveiled it was completely redesigned.

The outside is now tall and gives off the impression it is designed more like a truck. The new model is sporty, the roof is lower, the front fascia looks more intense and the windshield is much more angled. Inside Phoenix Ford drivers will appreciate the sporty theme with complicated, multifaceted accessories and the upgraded cabin materials.

Under the hood the transformation continues. There is three different four-cylinder engines available all coming standard with a six-speed automatic. The first option is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 168 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. This choice is the only engine with a front-wheel drive option. The second option is a 1.6-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder with a 178 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. This selection delivers about 23 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. The final and most powerful choice is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, which is more torque and the same power is last year’s V6 engine option.

Whichever engine you go with the Escape is sportier than those of its competition. It feels secure and is fun to drive. The power steering is electrically assisted and is more accurate than other small SUVs. The Escape also features struts up front and a multilink rear suspension. Stability control is standard as is Ford’s Curve Control. The Curve Control uses the rear breaks to help drivers steer around corners and helps minimize excessive road noise.

While the new Escape may not be as boxy as its previous generation Ford Arizona motorists will still enjoy the wheelbase length, which remains long keeping the interior volume comfortable. There is an addition 1.2 inches of legroom and cargo area is up to 34.3 cubic feet behind the second row and 68.1 with the seats folded down.

Overall Ford created the design to be more sophisticated and refined for Ford Escape Phoenix consumers. For more questions or for a test drive contact your Chapman Ford dealership.

Although the all electric Ford Focus is a little late to the game being released a year after most of its competitors, it was well worth the wait. The new electric focus has features that are sure to please EV consumers and maybe even convert a few gas lovers.

Featuring a 123-hp electric motor that produces 181 lb-ft of torque at 0 rpm, the Focus has more torque then the conventional 2012 2.0-liter four-cylinder Focus. The electric version has a top speed of 84 mph.

23 kWh of energy is stored in the battery and is the same size as the Leaf’s, but holds a higher range of mileage at a about 100 miles. The charge time on a 240-volt power is about three to four hours, which is half the time of the Nissan Leaf. A charge on a 120-volt household current will take anywhere between 18-20 hours, which is the same as the Leaf. This is due to the fact that regular household chargers only produce a limited amount of energy in the circuit. The available 240-volt charger from Ford features a “value-charging” setting where charging times will automatically coincide with the lowest energy rate times. Ford also expects the Focus Electric to have a better mpg than that of the Chevy Volt and be about equivalent to that of the Nissan Leaf at 99 mpg.

The Focus Electric will feature a special version of MyFord Touch that uses images on the center touch screen to display all the EV-specific information to the driver. The screen shows a user-configurable screen called MyView and it goes into details about the effects of different features, such as air conditioning or breaking that affects the electric range of mileage. There is also MyFord Mobile technology that is an app and website that can be controlled remotely from a Ford user’s mobile device.

Unlike many of Fords competitors the Focus Electric actually resembles its gas-fueled version. There are obvious differences such as the charging port instead of a gas cap and smaller changes but the overall appearance is similar and the car isn’t as small or awkward as other cars in the category. The grille of the Focus Electric is unique with thin chrome slants and is the same shape as the Focus ST. The all electric version will also only be offered as five-door hatch and features an aerodynamic undertray. Inside the standard equipment is similar to the gas-powered Focus and includes: a nine-speaker Sony audio system, Sync, Sirius satellite radio, voice-activated navigation, and keyless start.

If you have more questions on the all electric Ford Focus stop by your local Phoenix Ford dealer.

Ford has added its EcoBoost engine technology to a lot of its newest models, but what exactly is EcoBoost? According to Ford, it is a new technology that improves fuel economy and increases performance output. The engine combines an advanced direct injection system and turbocharged gasoline resulting in a 20 percent increase in fuel economy, 15 percent lower CO2 emissions, and improved driving performance.

Coupling direct injection with the turbocharging technology allows for the engine to be smaller, which in turn improves torque and performance. Unlike conventional port injection, fuel is injected directly into each cylinder of the engine in small, designated amounts that create a cooler and denser charge. The turbine is also coupled to a compressor that pressurizes the incoming air and significantly increases the output per liter of the engine. New Ford Phoenix drivers will enjoy the four-cylinder EcoBoost engine that delivers higher fuel economy and performance, while also producing more torque than a larger six-cylinder engine.

Andreas R. Schamel, Ford’s chief engineer for Research and Advanced Engineering, said “The challenges of CO2 and fuel economy are complex, global issues. There is no single, universal answer around the world. That’s why we’re pursuing technology such as EcoBoost that’s scale-able to large-volume production now in the short term.”

The 2009 Lincoln MKS was the first vehicle to feature the new EcoBoost engine. The MKS features a 3.5L twin-turbocharged V6 that produces the equivalent power and torque of a V8 engine, while maintaining the fuel efficiency of a V6. It also easily produces 340-hp and more than 340 lb-ft of torque. The engine is expected to save MKS owners about $340 a year in fuel costs.

Ford says that by 2013, 90 percent of its global vehicles will offer the EcoBoost engine, and the V6 version of the engine can be equipped in seven of the ten 2012 Ford F-150 models. With the increased drivability, comfort, towing capabilities, and fuel economy increase that the EcoBoost engine provides the 2012 Ford F-150, the truck was named Autobytel 2012 Truck of the Year.  Needless to say the EcoBoost technology will soon be a standard for Ford trucks, cars, and all vehicles, and for good reason.

Checkout your Phoenix Ford Dealer for more information and to test drive a Ford with the new EcoBoost technology.