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2001 Ford Escape Prices Begin at $18,160

16 March 2000

2001 Ford Escape Prices Begin at $18,160

    DEARBORN, March 16 The all-new Ford Escape, Ford's
newest sport utility vehicle, marks the company's expansion into the growing
small SUV market.  It has been designed to meet customer needs while providing
good fuel economy, low emissions and an outstanding package with nimble
maneuverability on the road and a rugged capability for off-road driving.
    The base Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices for the 2001 Ford Escape
range from $18,160 (including destination and delivery charges of $515) for
the XLS series to $21,335 (including destination and delivery charges) for the
XLT series equipped with Ford's new Control Trac II four-wheel drive system.
    "We believe the Escape will attract a whole new group of buyers to our
Ford dealers' Outfitters showrooms -- buyers who may not have considered, or
owned, an SUV before," says Jim O'Connor, Ford Division president and vice
president of Ford Motor Company .  "The small SUV segment is one of
the fastest growing in the industry today.  The Escape undoubtedly will be a
formidable competitor, loaded with many standard features that are optional on
other SUVs in the segment."

    Major Escape Equipment
    The versatile Escape will be sold in two trim models -- the well-equipped
entry XLS series and optional XLT -- both providing standard front-wheel drive
and independent rear suspension.  The standard engine is a 2.0-liter Zetec I-4
mated with a 5-speed manual overdrive transmission.  A 3.0-liter Duratec V-6
engine with automatic transmission is optional, as is Ford's Control Trac II
four-wheel drive system which provides confidence off the beaten path and
through snow and rain or any other uncertain driving conditions.
    An XLS model Escape equipped with the I-4 engine and Control Trac II four-
wheel drive system will carry an MSRP of $19,785 (including D&D charges).  The
volume model -- expected to be an XLT equipped with the optional 3.0-liter V-6
engine and Control Trac II four-wheel drive system will carry an MSRP of
$22,300 (including D&D charges).
    The new Ford Escape is designed to appeal to younger buyers, as well as
the "young at heart" -- drivers who want fun, agile, sporty, durable yet
affordable transportation for their active lifestyles.
    Based on an all-new platform, the Ford Escape offers customers many
standard and optional features that make it stand out from the competition.
Some of those product features include:

    *  Unibody construction that provides nimble maneuverability while
offering maximum bodyshell safety protection.
    *  A four-wheel independent suspension for refined ride and handling.
    *  A choice of DOHC 2.0-liter Zetec I-4 or 3.0-liter 200-horsepower
Duratec V-6 engine, with average fuel economy ranging from 24 to 28 mpg.
    *  Certified to low emissions vehicle (LEV) standards with emissions among
the cleanest in its class.
    *  Front-wheel drive drivetrain or the all-new Control Trac II four-wheel
drive system with full-time automatic 4x4 with a driver-determined switch to
select four-wheel drive automatic or "4x4 Lock."
    *  3,500 pound towing capacity (with V-6 engine and towing package) --
enough to pull jet skis, snowmobiles or a small boat.
    *  Four doors and rear liftgate with flip-up glass.
    *  "LATCH" child safety seat attachments and tether anchors a full year
before required by U.S. government regulations.  Rear-seat-mounted rigid
anchors allow a properly designed child safety seat to be clipped into
position quickly and accurately.  Combined with ceiling-mounted top tether
anchors, the system provides advanced protection for children.

    "With the Ford Escape, we now have the most comprehensive lineup of SUVs
on the planet.  Our 4,200 U.S. Ford dealers can outfit customers with the
exact vehicle that best meets their specific lifestyles and sense of
adventure," says O'Connor.
    The 2001 Ford Escape will be built at Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant in
Claycomo, Mo., and goes on sale in North America this summer.  The new small
SUV will be sold worldwide in more than 150 countries.  Escape pricing and
specifications for markets outside of North America will be announced at a
later date.
                       2001 Ford Escape Standard Equipment

    XLS Series Standard Equipment:
    (Base Price $18,160, including Destination and Delivery Charges of $515)
    *  2.0-liter I-4 Zetec Engine
    *  5-speed Manual O/D Transmission
    *  Front-Wheel Drive
    *  Independent Rear Suspension
    *  15" Styled Steel Wheels
    *  Liftgate w/Flip-up Glass
    *  Rear Window Defrost & Two-Speed Wiper
    *  Air Conditioning
    *  AM/FM Stereo w/Single CD
    *  Power Mirrors, Windows and Locks
    *  Steering Column Tilt
    *  Remote Keyless Entry
    *  Body Cladding
    *  Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes
    *  Integrated Bumper Guards
    *  Roof Rack w/two Crossbars
    *  Illuminated Entry and Accessory Delay
    *  White-Faced Instrument Cluster
    *  Front Variable-Speed Wipers
    *  Cloth/Vinyl Bucket Front Seats
    *  Center Console w/Five Cup Holders
    *  Tip/Fold-Flat Rear Bench Seat w/Dual Headrests
    *  Rear Area Cargo Light
    *  2nd Generation Dual Front Airbags
    *  Side Intrusion Door Beams
    *  SecuriLock/Immobilizer

    XLT Series Standard Equipment:
    (Base Price $19,710 including Destination & Delivery Charges of $515)
    *  All XLS Standard Equipment Plus ...
    *  Convenience Group (including cargo area retractable cover, perimeter
       alarm, floor mats, speed control)
    *  15" Aluminum Wheels with Outlined White Letter Tires (OWL)
    *  Premium Cloth Seats
    *  Manual Height Adjust Front Seats
    *  AM/FM Cassette/CD
    *  ABS Brakes
    *  Fog Lamps
    *  Rear Cargo Area Auxiliary Powerpoint
    *  Reclining 60/40 Split-Bench Rear Seat
    *  2001 Ford Escape Optional Equipment, Packages and Pricing

    Convenience Group (Standard on XLT, Optional on XLS):    $325
    *  Cargo Area Retractable Cover
    *  Perimeter Alarm
    *  Floor Mats
    *  Speed Control

    Leather Comfort Group (Available only on XLT):           $870
    *  Leather Seating Surfaces
    *  Power Driver Seat
    *  Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
    *  Overhead Console with Dual Storage Bins
    *  Under-Seat Storage (passenger seat)

    Other Options:
    *  3.0-liter Duratec V-6 Engine w/Automatic Transmission (XLS)     $1400
    *  3.0-liter Duratec V-6 Engine w/Automatic Transmission (XLT)     $1480
        (Includes higher level center console than XLS)
    *  Control Trac II, 4-Wheel Drive System                           $1625
        Note:  Class II Trailer Tow Package and 16" Aluminum Wheels are
         included on XLTs Equipped with the 3.0-liter V-6 Engine and
         the Control Trac II Four-Wheel Drive System
    *  Anti-Lock Braking System (Optional on XLS only)                $  575
    *  Power Moonroof w/Shade (Optional on XLT only)                  $  585
    *  Privacy Glass (Optional on XLT only)                           $  275
    *  Side Air Bag (Front Seat)                                      $  345
    *  Side Step Bars                                                 $  275
    *  Trailer Tow, Class II (Optional with V-6 Engine Only)          $  350
    *  AM/FM Dual Media Stereo (Optional on XLS only)                 $  130
    *  Ford MACH Audio System/6-Disc, In-Dash, Receiver               $  585
        (Optional on XLT only)
    *  Ford MACH Audio System/Dual Media                              $  505
        (Optional on XLT only)