Η Ford έδωσε το πρώτο teaser video από το νέο Escape (Kuga στην Ευρώπη) το οποίο θα το παρουσιάσει στην έκθεση του Los Angeles τον Νοέμβριο. Το αυτοκίνητο θα βασίζεται στο πρωτότυπο Verterk και μηχανικά θα είναι διαθέσιμο με 3 τετρακύλινδρους κινητήρες. Δύο EcoBoost 1.600 cc και 2.000 cc, καθώς και με έναν 2.5-λιτρο Ti-VCT. Στο video βλέπουμε το αυτόματο σύστημα που διαθέτει το Escape και ανοίγει το πορτμπαγκάζ μόλις το πόδι του ιδιοκτήτη μπει κάτω από τον πίσω προφυλακτήρα.

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Hands-Free and Easy: Power Liftgate on All-New Ford Escape Opens and Closes with a Gentle Kick

· All-new Ford Escape debuting this month at Los Angeles Auto Show

· Segment-first hands-free liftgate offered for first time; gentle kicking motion opens and closes liftgate without the need to fumble for a key

· Motion-sensing technology is gesture-based and similar to technology used in interactive video games

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 1, 2011 – Ford this month is introducing its all-new Escape SUV featuring a segment-first hands-free power liftgate that opens with a simple kicking gesture under the rear bumper and without the need to fumble for a key.

The new Escape, which makes its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Nov. 16, will be the first SUV to use gesture-based technology – similar to that found in video games – to open the rear liftgate. A gentle kicking motion under the center of the rear bumper activates the system and raises the liftgate. The same kicking motion closes the liftgate as well.

“The hands-free power liftgate is yet another innovative Ford technology that makes customers’ lives easier,” said Jason Sprawka, Escape brand manager. “New Escape owners will be able to load their vehicle without ever having to set packages or gear down.”

The hands-free liftgate builds on Ford’s Intelligent Access push-button start. It allows customers to unlock and start their vehicles without having to take the key out of their pocket or purse.

The hands-free liftgate uses two sensors in the rear bumper to detect a person’s shin and kicking motion. The system safeguards against accidental opening by being programmed to open with leg motions – not when an animal runs under the car or when the vehicle hits a bump on the road.

The liftgate height can be programmed or adjusted manually to meet specific customer needs.

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