Video: Kick the 2013 Ford Escape to open and close the power liftgate

Yes, we all know it by now – later this month at the 2011 LA Auto Show, Ford will unveil the all new 2013 Explorer SUV, which it announced today will feature a segment-first hands-free power liftgate. How does it work? Well, you kick it… kind of.

A simple kicking gesture under the rear bumper activates the system and raises the liftgate. The same kicking motion closes the liftgate as well.

“The hands-free power liftgate is yet another innovative Ford technology that makes customers’ lives easier,” said Jason Sprawka, Escape brand manager. “New Escape owners will be able to load their vehicle without ever having to set packages or gear down.”

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Oh, and just in case you’re parking in your garage, the liftgate height can be programmed or adjusted manually to meet specific customer needs.

The 2013 Ford Escape will go on sale early next year and will be offered with three fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engines, including 1.6- and 2.0-liter versions of Ford’s popular EcoBoost  engines.

Stay tuned for our live coverage of the 2011 LA Auto Show starting Nov. 16.

– By: Omar Rana