DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 8, 2003 - Ford Escape - the best-selling small SUV - gets even better for 2005, with a fresh look inside and out, new innovative technology and great value for the customer. On average, base prices for the 2005 Escape lineup increased less than one percent.
The base Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) for the 2005 Escape lineup will range from $19,265 to $26,365, excluding destination and delivery charges of $590. The comparable price range for today's 2004 Escape lineup is $18,710 to $26,240.
"Escape is already the leader in the small SUV segment, and the 2005 model will put it even further ahead of the competition," said Corey Holter, Ford Division Escape marketing manager. "We've listened to our customers and added new features, while maintaining our tradition of value by offering the right product at the right price."
Customers now can purchase a nicely equipped Escape XLS with the new Duratec 23 I-4 engine and newly available automatic transmission for under $20,000 - almost $1,000 less than the previous model year. The volume model of the 2005 Escape lineup, an XLT 4WD with a 3.0-liter V-6 engine and automatic transmission, will carry a base MSRP of $24,500, excluding destination and delivery charges.
Available in XLS, XLT and Limited trims, the 2005 Escape offers the advantages of two engine options, 10 configurations, independent rear suspension, a rear liftgate with flip-up glass, and outstanding roominess, cargo features and spaciousness. New features for 2005 include:
The Duratec 30 - 3.0-liter V-6 engine also is improved for 2005 with a smoother idle and improved shift quality from its standard four-speed automatic transmission.
As a leader in the small sport-utility segment, Escape attracts a variety of customers - ranging from young buyers to empty nesters - to the Ford SUV lineup. Escape is fun-to-drive, agile, sporty, durable yet affordable and fuel-efficient transportation ideal for first-time SUV buyers or those seeking the attributes of an SUV in a more compact package.
Year-to-date through November, Escape sales are up 18 percent, with almost 154,000 sales already this year - more than any of its competitors. Ford sold more than 145,471 Escapes in the 2002 calendar year, and more then 500,000 units since it was introduced in late 2000.
Available in dealerships next February, the 2005 Escape will be built at Ford Motor Company's Kansas City (Mo.) Assembly Plant and Avon Lake (Ohio) Assembly Plant.XLS Manual Standard Equipment
2005 ESCAPE PRICING
|2005 ESCAPE WHEELS & TIRES||MSRP $||XLS Manual||XLS||XLT||XLT Sport||Limited|
|15-inch styled steel wheels||N/C||S||S||-||-||-|
|15-inch aluminum wheels||$375||O||O||-||-||-|
|16-inch aluminum wheels||N/C||-||-||S||-||-|
|16-inch painted aluminum wheels||N/C||-||-||S*||-||-|
|16-inch bright machined aluminum wheels||N/C||-||-||-||S||S|
|P225/75Rx15 BSW All-Season||N/C||S||S||-||-||-|
|P235/70Rx16 BSW All-Season||N/C||-||-||S||-||S|
|P235/70Rx16 OWL All-Season||$120||-||-||0(FWD)||S||-|
|P235/70Rx16 OWL All-Terrain||N/C||-||-||-||S*||-|
|Optional Feature||MSRP $||XLS Manual||XLS||XLT||XLT Sport||Limited|
|Leather Comfort Group||$575||-||-||O||-||-|
|XLT No BoundariesTM Package||$1,055||-||-||O||-||-|
|Limited Luxury Comfort Package||$1,095||-||-||-||-||O|
|Trailer Tow. Class II Package||$350||-||-||O||O||O|
|Cargo Area Retractable Roof||$75||O||O||O||O||S|
|Roof Rack w/ horizontal bars||$40||O||O||S||S||S|
|Side Step Bars (requires 546 wheels on XLS)||$325||O||O||O||S||-|
|AM/FM Stereo/Clock/Single CD player||N/C||S||S||-||-||-|
|AM/FM Stereo/Clock/6-disc, In Dash CD player||N/C||-||-||S||S||S|
|AM/FM Stereo/Clock/Single CD/Cassette (Dual Media)||$125||-||-||O||O||-|
|MACH 6-disc CD with AM/FM Stereo/Clock||$565||-||-||O||O||O|
Convenience Group includes: Perimeter alarm; steering wheel mounted speed control; front and rear color-keyed carpeted floor mats with driver retention hook.
Leather Comfort Group includes: lather-wrapped steering wheel; leather-trimmed seats.
XLT No Boundaries™ Package includes: No Boundaries™ Rack System; 16-inch painted aluminum wheels; P235/70R16 A/T OWL tires; wheel lip moldings; black step bars; appearance skid plate; new unique cloth fabric; Class II Trailer Towing package.
Limited Luxury Comfort Package includes: MACH 6-disc in-dash CD player; driver and front passenger heated seats; heated side view mirrors; Reverse Sensing System.
Trailer Towing Class II Package includes: trailer hitch receiver; wiring harness with four-pin connector; oil cooler.