BUENA PARK, Calif.
— Ford Escape and Chevy’s SUV are the next big trends for midsize SUVs and trucks, but Ford is aiming to take it to the next level with its upcoming SUV and pickup trucks.
Ford unveiled its Escape and Chevrolet’s XC60 SUV at the 2017 International Automobile Manufacturers Association show here on Wednesday, a year after the automaker announced the new versions of its vehicles.
The Escape’s $69,995 starting price is lower than the $89,995 XC50 and $104,995 Escape’s sibling, but its $50,000 MSRP is $4,400 more than the XC30 and $70,000 Escape’s siblings.
Chevy’s SUV is the most expensive in its class at $75,000, while Ford’s pickup truck is the least expensive at $49,995.
“When you have these two brands as competitors, you’re going to have to make some tough decisions,” said Brian Shortsleeve, Ford senior vice president of vehicle sales and marketing.
To help its crossover SUV, Ford is adding the Escape to its lineup.
The SUV will come with an automatic transmission, a 3.7-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 425 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, a seven-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.
Ford is also adding an all-wheel-drive version of the Escape for those who want a sporty and less-aggressive ride.
Ford’s new SUV, which is expected to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2021, will be available in four trim levels: Premium, which includes a three-door trim, the top of the line, and a four-door with optional cargo space; Touring, which will include the standard model and a premium cargo box; Executive, which features a six-door hatchback, an optional cargo box and a rear-view camera; and Executive Platinum, which offers a six (or seven)-door crossover SUV with a rearview camera.
The Escape’s Premium trim comes with an additional $2,750 in financing, while the Escape’s Touring and Executive options will cost $1,350 more.
The new SUV will be a crossover version of Ford’s current SUV, the XB100, which has been the model of choice for a while now.
While Ford’s new crossover SUV will appeal to enthusiasts, it’s also going to be a significant competitor for automakers looking to take the market by storm.
Chevrolet’s new Chevy Silverado pickup truck has been a popular choice for buyers who want to drive from their homes to their jobs.
Ford has already made it clear that it intends to follow suit, as it’s building a fleet of SUVs.
The Ford Escape, a crossover SUV that is priced at $70 a pop, will start at $54,990 with a two-door and four to five-passenger option.
The Chevy Silverados and Escape are currently available in the U.S. and Canada.
Ford is hoping to build on the success of the X6 and X6E models that it’s already selling with the Escape.
The X6 is the entry-level SUV that starts at $44,950 with a three or four-passengers package, while a four or five-door option is available at $65,990.
Ford’s Escape comes in four to six-passers options.
Both Ford and Chevrolet are aiming to continue building up their crossover SUV sales by the end of the year, with both automakers announcing new models in the first quarter of 2022.
Toyota will unveil a new crossover vehicle for 2019, and it will be called the NX-V.
The NX-IV will be built on the same platform as the X4 and X5 models that will be introduced this year.