New Ford Escape Goes Hands Free and Where is Awesome

You’ve probably seen our section called Your Ideas (if not, click here for a peek) and may have even contributed a few of your own. We’ve read a couple about liftgate convenience, so you people in particular will probably be pretty psyched by a segment-first feature on the all-new Ford Escape: a hands-free power liftgate.

What makes it even cooler? Its motion-sensing technology is kind of like what’s used in interactive video games. The liftgate opens by way of a kicking gesture underneath the center of the rear bumper; kick again and it’ll close. Can you imagine not having to try to get your key into position when your arms are full of groceries, heavy boxes or the like? Imagine no more, it’s reality.

The two sensors in the rear bumper will detect your shin and the motion, but there is a safeguard against accidental opening by being programmed to open with leg motions, not when an animal runs underneath the vehicle or when you hit a bump in the road. And liftgate height can be programmed or adjusted manually.

The new Escape will go on sale next spring.

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Deborah Wallizer Love the feature, HATE the look of the 2013 Escape!!!!!!!!!!!!! Looks like a Suburu Forester. If I wanted a Forester I would have bought one. Please, bring back the Escape's rugged looking styling. The new one is HORRIBLE, and yes, I am shouting. Have owned a Ford since I was 16: started with a '64 Falcon, a Galaxy 500, F 150, F350, Taurus, 2 Explorers, and an Escape. Oh yes, forgot that sexy Fusion!. Still have an explorer and Escaped, but no more Escapes until the style changes! Maybe an Expedition if it gets the Ecoboost engine.
2 year(s) ago via
Brad Barefoot I like this too, hopefully this feature will wind it's way to the C-Max and the Focus.
2 year(s) ago via
Jamie At Ford Congrats, Rich! I’m sorry to learn your previous Escape was stolen, but thrilled you’re part of the Ford Family and in another awesome vehicle. :) @Dave – The title refers to the hands free part (“Where”) as being “Awesome”. Apologies if this was confusing! Jamie Ford Customer Service Division
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Rich Semmelhaack Just bought a 12 X...had an -11 escape prior...guess it was such a nice car somebody stole it...but my escape was the most nimble and comfortable SUV ever!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jamie At Ford @Rich – At the end of the article you’ll notice the mention of the 2013 Escape sales beginning next spring. Thanks for your enthusiasm and interest! Jamie Ford Customer Service Division
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Rich Semmelhaack whens the release date?????
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jamie At Ford @Dan, Rich, and Chris – More details to be released shortly about functionality and operating characteristics. But rest assured, this is something our engineers have accounted for and we’ll explain more as we get closer to the release date. :) Jamie Ford Customer Service Division
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Rich Semmelhaack what if you back up into a snow bank? the trunk opens? lol
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jamie At Ford @Chris & Keith – Not to worry. We’ll have that covered and more information available as the release date gets closer! Stay tuned! In the meantime, don’t forget to grab your Escape badge at: www.Social.Ford.com! Jamie Ford Customer Service Division
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
EMeyer That's great. Now that we've accomplished this, how about putting all wheel drive in the Focus and Fiesta and maybe offering a few more models with manual transmissions? You know, things consumers want.
2 year(s) ago via
Vijay If I do that where I live.....I'd probably kicking a street dog on its backside!
2 year(s) ago via
Dan Miller I'm assuming you can also use the key fob to open like on current models?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Alex King they should do this on trunks for the focus and fusion
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Rich Semmelhaack too kewl!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Bill Bidell III This should be standard for ALL VEHICLES INCLUDING LINCOLN !!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Johann Schuster Cool! The Escape is too small for my family, can you PLEASE put this in the next Edge? PRETTY PLEASE?!?!?!?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Victor Person carries large load to the curb on a busy street. Said person proceeds to engage kicking motion to open Ford Escape. Person loses balance and falls into traffic and is seriously injured. Finally, person sues FMC and this technology goes away.
2 year(s) ago via
Medford Motors This is a great idea and will be great on the new Escape!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Gates Emond Does it still open when the vehicle is locked.
2 year(s) ago via
José Ramón Varela Fernández Wow, great idea!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Juan Muriel Must see this video
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Keith Manchester To Chris. My guess is the message center would show a warning like "Clean liftgate sensor" like other Ford vehicles do with BLIS sensors if they get blocked by snow or mud.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Chris Schmitz Looks like a great idea, but what happens when the bottom part of it is covered in snow?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Saurabh Sharma Its grear masic if its happen
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jose Monzón Ford
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Peter Nehemia Love to have a 4d wheel drive.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dave Evans This headline doesn't make any sense--"goes hands free and where is awesome?" WTF does that mean?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Nathan Guice I'm not sure i'd promote a vehicle as "hands free"
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Julia Tang autoplay? really?>
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