A pair of 2013 Ford Escape crossovers will be debuting at this year’s SEMA show but, other than the fact that they are both powered by the EcoBoost 2.0-liter engine, share very little in common. Now that we’ve taken a glimpse at Ford’s plans at SEMA for modified Ford Fusions and Focuses, it’s the Escape’s turn.
Ford describes the bright-green 2013 Ford Escape SE AWD modified by Heide Performance Products as “tasteful,” though that’s not the first word that comes to mind for us. The car sports attractive, bold wheels and bulging wheel well flares as well as more aggressive front and rear fascias. With its lowered chassis and visual changes, this 2013 Escape — which has leather and suede seating — actually makes us wonder what a factory-sport-tuned Escape ST might look like.
The VACCAR-built front-drive 2013 Ford Escape SE takes a much different approach. While the new Escape crossover leaves behind the last-generation model’s classic and rugged looks, the VACCAR Urban Escape Adventurer is said to show a balance of off-road attitude and “upscale comfort” with, of course, the same 240-hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. Unlike the street-focused Heide Performance Products Escape, this Ford actually appears to be ready to go off-roading.
Which of Ford’s two 2013 Escape SEMA show cars would you rather drive?
The 2013 Ford Escape Titanium is shown below along with the two 2013 Escapes for the SEMA show.