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 |  Oct 04 2011, 2:54 PM

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The next generation Ford Escape is set to make its debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show and the decade-old SUV is set to be replaced by a much more modern crossover with three new engines.

Styling-wise, the new Escape should mimic the Vertrek concept (above) that originally debuted at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show in January, but the latest announcement comes regarding the new Escape’s powertrains.

Ford’s venerable 2.5L four cylinder will stay in the lineup, but a pair of Ecoboost four-cylinder engines, displacing 1.6L and 2.0L will also be on offer. We expect the Ecoboost motors to be the “premium” offerings, with the 2.0L, 237-horsepower engine being the performance offering of the range. Ford also said that the 1.6L example will beat the Escape Hybrid’s 31 mpg highway rating. Stay tuned to AutoGuide for live coverage of the Los Angeles Auto Show starting on November 16th.

 |  Aug 03 2011, 11:01 AM

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Ford is planning four big reveals for the Frankfurt Auto Show this September and the Blue oval is being expectantly vague on all of them.

First up is “a new design concept”, which is likely to pave the way for an even more provocative design language for the brand. For those living in the here-and-now, there will also be “details of the next Focus performance car”, a slightly ambiguous quote that likely means Ford will finally show off the full-production version of the Focus ST hot hatch, making 247-hp from a turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine.

As for the other two products, look for the production version of the Vertrek Concept, whit the new softroader replacing the Escape in North America and the Kuga for Europe, while the final debut could be the new Mondeo or even a Fiesta ST concept!

GALLERY: Ford Vertrek Concept

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GALLERY: Ford Focus ST

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