What Do the Ford Model A and Escape Have in Common?

What do the Model A and the Escape have in common? True, they are both Ford vehicles. But they also have both utilized cutting-edge tailgate/liftgate technology—well, at least the Model A did back in the day! It was 1929, and the Model A used a chain-link drop-down tailgate. Then when the 1950s rolled around, the Country Squire Wagon used counterbalancing hinges with push-button open. The ‘60s were roaring, even in the liftgate world – Ford debuted the Fairlane Falcon magic liftgate that would both swing down and to the side. The Bronco saw a swinging latch, fold-up window and drop-down tailgate in 1977, followed two years later by the electronically operated roll-down rear window.

Now it’s the Escape making the most with its advancements, showcasing a history of liftgage innovation. First, a separate pneumatic liftgate and window opening in 2001, followed by the handy and downright cool technology of 2013: an available hands-free power liftgate.

The Escape liftgate requires only a gentle kicking motion under the rear bumper; that action will open it and close it. There are two sensors capable of detecting your shin, and the system ensures it doesn’t accidentally open when an animal runs under it.

What do you think the future of tailgate/liftgate technology will be? Or can hands-free functionality be topped? Tell us your thoughts!


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Scott M The Escape is amazing when you look at the equipment for the price. I don't understand why the 2014 Titanium is not available with the 18" PVD chrome wheels, but the lower priced SE is. Please make the Titanium available with the chrome wheels. BTW, it was not cool to axe the SEL and put the SEL seats in the 2014 Titanium. The 2013 Titanium sport seats were much better! I understand wanting to add another color choice for the interior, but using the SEL seats was an unacceptable shortcut.
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