At the 2011 Detroit auto show, Ford rolled out the new Vertrek concept, a small SUV built on the company's C platform, which also supports the Focus and C-Max. The Vertrek indicates the design direction for the new Ford Escape, which will be a radical change from the boxy car of past generations.
The hood of the Vertrek bulges up, probably more than needed for the turbocharged direct injection 1.6-liter Ecoboost engine specified for the car. The trapezoidal grille is a newish design element for Ford, seen previously on the Fiesta. Expect this grille treatment to become standard.
Ford showcases its idle stop technology with the Vertrek, and although this is no hybrid, includes a regenerative braking system to keep the battery charged. This latter technology complements the former, due to the battery drain incurred during long traffic lights when the engine shuts itself down.
The center stack echoes the design of that in the Ford Fiesta, although in simplified form. The interface dial is similar to that used as the drive selector. The center LCD is small, probably indicating the economy nature of the car.