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Ford Showing Pair Of Tuned Escapes At SEMA


VACCAR's Urban Escape Adventurer, built for the 2012 SEMA show

VACCAR's Urban Escape Adventurer, built for the 2012 SEMA show

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Ford’s list of tuned vehicles for this year’s SEMA show just keeps on growing, and now the automaker has announced a pair of unlikely show cars based on its new Escape compact crossover.

Both variants are based on a 2.0-liter EcoBoost-powered SE model, though only one gets all-wheel drive while the other makes do with front-wheel drive.

VACCAR handled the build of the front-drive Escape, while Heide Performance Products (HPP) tackled the all-wheel-drive crossover.

VACCAR is calling its build the Urban Escape Adventurer, and the tuner says the crossover “represents the ideal balance of rugged off-road attitude, upscale comfort and potent EcoBoost engine.” We don’t have any details on exactly how potent VACCAR has made the turbocharged 2.0-liter, but we’re sure it’s added some extra grunt.

Based on the rendering provided, it looks like VACCAR has added a stout roof rack, a front brush bar and off-road wheels and tires, too. There isn’t much suspension travel, so we have our doubts on just how far off-pavement the Urban Escape Adventurer will take you.

HPP's Ford Escape, built for the 2012 SEMA show

HPP's Ford Escape, built for the 2012 SEMA show

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HPP’s take on the Escape keeps the crossover focused on street performance, with a noticeable suspension drop and an aero-enhancing body kit. It doesn’t go short on luxury, either, adding leather and suede seating for passengers to enjoy.

If HPP’s drawing is accurate, its Escape will ride on oversized wheels (20-inch, most likely) shod with massive tires. That added grip will come into play if that’s a big brake kit we’re seeing between the spokes of the front wheel.

As with Ford’s other SEMA show cars (which include the new Fusion sedan and Focus ST hot hatch), the automaker isn’t dishing out the specifics just yet. Stay tuned, and we’ll bring you updates as part of our 2012 SEMA show coverage.
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