Car reviews - Ford - Escape - XLT 5-dr wagon
26 Jun 2001
By BRUCE NEWTON
LIKE most recreational four-wheel drives, Escape is built on a (one-piece) monocoque chassis for passenger car-like stiffness, torsional rigidity and crash performance. Energy-absorbing measures honed in on the steering column, front fender and the knee bolsters located below the instrument panel. Dual front airbags are standard across the range. The front seatbelts have pretensioners, belt "grabbers" and anti-submarining ramps. They also adjust for height. Height adjustable (two-notch) headrests and three-point seatbelts are provided for outboard occupants the centre rear has an inferior lap belt and goes without a head restraint. Four-channel anti-lock brakes system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) is standard on XLT, unavailable on XLS.
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Did you know?Some 4WDs continue to use a separate chassis, where the chassis and body are literally bolted together, to provide strength and durability in off-road situations. Monocoque is generally regarded as the optimum design in the event of a collision because it is designed to crumple and absorb energy
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