The Ford Escape is now in its third generation, which will be all new for the 2013 model year. It was first released in the 2001 model year as a compact SUV priced just below the Ford Explorer. The same body style was used until 2007, though a hybrid engine version of the Escape was released in 2004.
The second generation Escape debuted at the 2006 Los Angeles International Auto Show. While it utilized the same chassis, the interior was completely redesigned and the body received some style tweaks, including a new grille and larger headlights. The second generation ran from the 2008-2012 model years.
The 2013 Ford Escape has been redesigned from the ground up and now shares a platform with the Ford Focus. The body style is based on an Asian and European model, the Ford Kuga. The hybrid Escape has been discontinued as Ford's EcoBoost engine provides comparable fuel economy.