L.A. Auto Show: The Best of the Rest From Ford

The big news from Ford (at least as far as we were interested) was the refreshed 2013 Ford Mustang. But Ford brought a whole lot of other new stuff to the show, including a whole bunch of turbocharged vehicles that might better suit your family, or the youngin’ in your family just getting started.

First up, the 2013 Ford Escape, which drops the hybrid model in favor of not one, but two EcoBoost engines. A 2.5 liter V6 will be standard, joined by a 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine. The 1.6 liter EcoBoost offers 173 horsepower and 177 ft-lbs of torque, while the 2.0 liter EcoBoost offers 237 horsepower and 250 ft-lbs of torque. The base V6 only offers 168 horsepower and 167 ft-lbs of torque.

The Escape also gets an MPG boost, up to 5 more than the current Escape. The new Escape is also loaded with cool technology, including a new version of the MyFord Touch and a hands-free lifegate, which opens automatically if you wave your foot beneath the rear bumper (provided you have the key fob in your pocket.) It is also full of recycled materials like carpets made from recycled bottles, and soy-foam seats.

But that isn’t all. The 2013 Ford Flex also gets a horsepower boost, up 20 ponies, and Ford even managed to increase its MPG rating by all of 1 MPG. It also got a revised front fascia that looks a bit…bolder, shall we say.

And now we get to the good stuff. We’ve already discussed at length the 2013 Ford Focus ST, which offers 250 horsepower from its 2.0 liter Ecoboost engine. Ford also brought to the show the Fiesta ST Concept, which Ford said it is “considering” building. In the Fiesta ST, the 1.6 liter EcoBoost engine offers 180 horsepower and 177 ft-lbs of torque…not bad for a sub-compact car! We really hope Ford builds the Fiesta ST in addition to the Focus ST, as we believe that there is no such thing as too many turbocharged cars.

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