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 The V-6 engine option has been dropped and had been replaced by a range-topping 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, which offers the same hp as the V-6, with two less cylinders.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.