By Colin Bird on December 9, 2010
The new compact crossover will be built at Ford’s Louisville, Ky., plant, which built the previous-generation Ford Explorer. The plant is undergoing a $600 million renovation to switch it from a truck-producing plant to a plant that makes fuel-efficient, car-based vehicles.
The current Escape and the European compact crossover, known as the Ford Kuga, could merge as one product under the automaker’s “One Ford” plan.
The next-generation Escape is expected to go on sale sometime late next year.