Next-generation 2013 Ford Escape puts focus on fuel economy

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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A lot of compact crossover SUVs in the North American market have either been recently redesigned or will redesigned be very soon: it was just a few months ago that Mazda announced its new CX-5 and Honda announced its 2012 CR-V Concept. Ford's Escape is another model in this competitive segment that's scheduled for an overhaul, and Ford is putting a lot of focus on fuel economy for the next-generation version.

"Customers are prioritizing fuel economy above every other trait when they make most vehicle purchases," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president of global product development. "Ford is meeting people's needs by offering a family of fuel-efficient vehicles – from hybrids to electrics to traditional gasoline-powered cars – packed with class-leading technology, giving customers both exciting and greener driving choices."

The 2013 Ford Escape will feature a trio of 4-cylinder engines which include a 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine, a 2.0-litre Ecoboost engine and a larger 2.5-litre Ti-VCT engine. The Escape Hybrid is expected to be dropped from the lineup.

Ford currently holds more than 125 patents on its EcoBoost technology, and the American automaker says that EcoBoost will be extended to 90 percent of Ford vehicles by the year 2013. EcoBoost engines make use of turbocharging to achieve horsepower and torque figures comparable to significantly larger engines while providing the fuel economy of a smaller engine. According to Ford, EcoBoost technology affords an increase in fuel economy up to 20 percent compared to larger-displacement engines of equivalent power, while reducing CO2 emissions by as much as 15 percent.

The 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine available in the 2013 Escape makes use of turbocharging and twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) as well as direct injection. This particular engine is expected to achieve greater highway fuel economy than the current Ford Escape Hybrid, which is rated at 7.59 L/100km. For customers seeking more power while still maintaining superior fuel efficiency, Ford says the 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine will be able to offer "unsurpassed performance" when compared to larger 6-cylinder powertrains while achieving better fuel economy than those larger engines.

"Expanding the availability of EcoBoost technology in the all-new Ford Escape will give customers a great range of choices for the fuel efficiency and performance they want in a small SUV," said Joe Bakaj, vice president of powertrain engineering. "This advanced technology in the new Escape delivers on our commitment to provide class-leading fuel efficiency in every new Ford product."

The next-generation 2013 Ford Escape makes its debut at the November 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Topics: Crossover, SUV, Ford, 2013, Escape, Escape Hybrid, Fuel Economy, Compact,

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