Ford Motor Co. said that the EPA has certified all three engine offerings for the 2013 Ford Escape to return 30 mpg or higher on the highway. The Escape has been redesigned for 2013. The V-6 engine option has been dropped and had been replaced by a range-topping 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, which offers the same hp as the V-6, with two less cylinders.
In addition, Ford doesn’t anymore offer the hybrid version of the Escape. The C-Max crossover, which shares its platform with the Escape, is available only as a hybrid. The C-Max Hybrid will go on sale in the fall. The EPA has given the three Escape engines the following ratings for city and highway fuel consumption: (1) The 1.6-liter EcoBoost (with an output of 178 hp and 184 lbs.-ft. of torque, returns 23 mpg city/33 highway; (2) The 2.0-liter Ecoboost, which delivers 240 hp and 270 lbs.-ft. of torque, offers 22 mpg city/30 highway; (3) The 2.5-liter iVCT, which produces 168 hp and 170 lbs.-ft. of torque, is rated 22 mpg city/31 highway.
The 2.5-liter engine, the only carryover from the current Escape, will be offered only in the base S model. Even if it is the same basic engine, there is a 3mpg improvement on the highway when compared to the same engine used in the 2012 Escape. The SE, SEL and Titanium trim versions have the 1.6-liter EcoBoost as its base engine.
The EcoBoost engine is a direct injection gasoline engine that features turbocharging. Ford said that the redesigned Escape has a sleek, new style that is 10% more aerodynamic compared to the current Escape. By 2013, Ford will offer over 90% of its North American vehicle lineup with EcoBoost engines. Ford said that the Escape will start appearing in dealership this May.
The newest Ford Escape has everything SUV customers would want. It has the versatility plus the cargo capacity and a design that is clearly inspired by sports racing. For the Escape, Ford implemented the principle of form then function. Thus, because a smoother design was implemented, this resulted in the cargo volume of the new model being larger compared to the previous version.
At the back of the first row is a total of 68.1 cubic feet of space with the one behind the second row a space of 34.3 cubic feet. Ford revealed though that with the Kuga being a bit longer, luggage space is also increased. On the inside, the seats fitted in the new Escape are lighter by 3 pounds while improving convenience for the occupants. Functionality has been improved as well, given the two-way power lumber support and the two-way power recline.
Six-way adjustability is also included. Ford is offering the option to have a sport seat that has a unique sewing style with the bolsters made higher. The front seats in particular have a head restraint that, for the first time, allows for four-way adjustability. Upgraded as well are the head restraints and the rear seats which are composed of soy-based foam and folds easier.
There are new colors offered for the exterior like Ginger Ale, which is marketed for the North American market. With an earthy metallic tone, it looks a bit greener compared to what ginger ale actually looks like when placed inside a clear glass. In addition to Ginger Ale, other new colors include Ingot Silver Metallic, Oxford White, Sterling Gray Metallic, and Tuxedo Black.
New as well are Deep Impact Blue, Frosted Glass Metallic, Kodiak Brown, Ruby Red, and White Platinum Tricoat. Ford Design Executive Director of Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa Martin Smith shares that the athletic appearance of the Escape was no accident.
With this model, the brand wanted a vehicle that would look like an athlete, a swimmer or a runner inside a new body, he added. Smith continued by saying this can be seen all the way to the defined muscles which express energy and movement.