Custom Ford Escapes, Explorer Heading to 2012 SEMA Show

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Joining the already impressive lineup of customized Ford vehicles at the 2012 SEMA Show will be a pair of custom Ford Escapes and a Ford Explorer Sport.

Ford already showed its Fusions and Ford Focus STs which are also headed for the show. Joining them will be a 2013 Ford Escape SE AWD built by Heide Performance Products (HPP), a 2013 Ford Escape SE FWD by Vaccar, and a 2013 Ford Explorer Sport built by Forgiato.

Starting with the Ford Explorer Sport, Forgiato Wheels took the 3.5-liter EcoBoost-powered SUV and gave it a widebody courtesy of TS Designs. A Pearl White paint scheme was then applied while the interior received custom upholstery by Top Stitch. Of course, as a wheel manufacturer, Forgiato custom-built a set of three-piece forged 26-inch wheels wrapped with Pirelli tires.

Next up is the Vaccar Urban Escape Adventure Ford Escape, powered by a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. Representing the ideal balance of rugged off-road attitude, upscale comfort, and EcoBoost performance, the customized Ford Escape is ready to take on any task at hand. Details weren’t announced but it looks like the Escape was built with utility in mind, sporting a dark grey paint job, aggressive wheels, and a lowered stance.

Last up, the HPP Ford Escape that will be lowered and further accented with “smart body mods.” Inside, the interior was redone with plenty of leather and suede components.

GALLERY: 2012 SEMA Ford Escapes

GALLERY: 2012 SEMA Ford Explorer Sport

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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