The Ford Escape is a compact SUV sold by the automaker Ford Motor Company introduced in 2000 as a 2001 model year and priced below the Ford Explorer. Although it is technically a crossover vehicle, it is marketed by Ford as part of its traditional SUV lineup (Escape, Explorer, Expedition) rather than its separate crossover lineup (Edge, Flex). The Escape was sold in Europe as the Ford Maverick. It was jointly developed with Mazda, in which Ford owned a controlling interest, and was released simultaneously with the Mazda Tribute. In the United States, Ford's Mercury division released a luxury version called the Mariner starting with the 2005 model year, but ended production in October 2010 as Ford ended the Mercury brand. A hybrid version of the Escape was released in 2004, making it the first hybrid SUV.
The Escape is built on the Ford CD2 platform, which is in turn based on the Mazda GF platform, which was used by the Mazda 626. However, on June 23, 2010, it was announced that Ford will end production on the second generation Escape in 2011 and move production to its Louisville Assembly Plant in Louisville, Kentucky, where it is slated to be succeeded by an American version of its European CUV counterpart, the Ford Kuga. The third generation Escape will debut in April 2012 as a 2013 model.
From September 2010, consumers of the Nissan X-trail SUV will benefit from a series of extensive upgrades to maintain its position in the SUV segment as one of the few, versatile and agile four-wheel drive cars on the European sphere.
Already well regarded for its durability, convenience, practicality and comfort, the changes refresh Nissan X-trail's look styling; enhance the dashboard perceived class and functionality, as well as mechanical and aerodynamic changes. These revisions contribute to Nissan X-trail's enhanced economy and CO2 output.
The most obvious changes have been made to the frontal parameter of Nissan X-trail which emphasize a feeling of integration to the vehicle body, with completely refactored grille, headlights and bumper assembly. Directly from the front, the more sophisticated, technical look makes the vehicle exterior more dynamic. The grille is of higher class and flows down into the bumper assembly. The lower part of the bumper is angled outwards, suggesting a wider track and more solid stance.
The grille retains the twin angled struts either side of the Nissan logo, which is a signature found on Nissan's SUV range globally.