3 Surprising Facts You Didn’t Know About The 2013 Ford Escape

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The Ford Escape got a complete overhaul for the 2013 model year making it better than ever. This sleek looking crossover gives off a more swooping, sharper look than its boxy predecessor. With the wrap around tail lamps, lower grill and sharp headlamps Ford’s Kinetic Design influence becomes very clear. But while the new Escape is chalk full new or enhanced features (one which you can even shake your leg at) there are a few you probably didn’t know at all…

The All Seeing Mirror

Some of the feedback Ford received regarding previous Escape models was the amount of external noise occupants could hear while inside the cabin. When Ford set to reduce this noise in the new Escape they sought out some pretty innovative technology, called an elliptical acoustic mirror. It essentially looks like a huge satellite dish with a microphone at the end, but is able to identify “hot spots” where noise penetrates the interior of the car. This high tech device was used for the first time on the Escape to reduce wind noise and produce a quieter ride. According to Blue Oval News, “this technology is deployed more commonly by European luxury vehicle manufacturers and is considered a breakthrough among U.S. manufacturers.”

Leafy Greens inside Your Door

In an effort to make Ford vehicles more sustainable and eco-friendly, engineers at Ford decided to build the doors out of plants! Yes you heard me right… organic plants. The material used in the creation of the doors is called bolster and is made in part from kenaf, a tropical plant.” The use of kenaf is anticipated to offset 300,000 pounds of oil-based resin per year in North America, and the use of such material reduces the weight of the door bolsters by at least 25 percent, which translates into fuel savings for drivers,” reports Ford. The door bolsters are made by international Automotive Components in Greencastle, Indiana and are made from a 50/50 mixture of kenaf and polypropylene. This leafy green doors are just one of the many environmentally friendly materials widely used in the all new 2013 Ford Escape available this spring.

The Lazy Boy of Car Seats

American drivers spend an astonishing 101 minutes on the road a day, causing lower back pain to become the second highest cause of pain for Americans (only second to headaches). With the help of Mike Kolich and his global seating comfort team, Ford set out to reduce this discomfort. The result of their efforts, industry leading seat satisfaction rating.  As you’ll see in the video below, Mike Kolich and his team looked at seats from office chairs to lawnmower seats. They even ran studies in America, Europe and Asia to find the perfect combination of comfort and stability. The seat they ultimately developed is expected to not only help relieve drivers of  lower back pain but also reduce the overall weight of the car. Thus, creating a more fuel efficient option for consumers.

About Charlie Cryder

Charlie is a Digital Marketer and Web Designer who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. He's a former car salesman and current employee at Lebanon Ford where he writes for our Ford-Life blog. Charlie is also a relative of the Owner, Marketing and Communications Director and MyTech Team manager. You can find Charlie on Facebook, Twitter (@charliecryder), LinkedIn and at charliecryder.com.