Ford Motor Co. announced that the V-6 engine and hybrid-powertrain versions will no longer be available for the redesigned 2013 Escape crossover, which will arrive in early 2012. What the next generation Escape will have instead are three engine options, which are all four-cylinders. The Escape Hybrid's powertrain will be used on the C-Max Hybrid, which will be launched next year.
This refreshed Escape will be based on the Vertrek concept revealed at the 2011 Detroit auto show. A production version of the 2013 Escape is set to be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show this fall.
The base engine to be used for the 2013 Escape is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine. In addition, the Escape will be available with a 1.6- and a 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection EcoBoost engine. Ford's Edge and Explorer crossovers also offer the 2.0-liter engine.
Making its debut in North America is the 1.6-liter EcoBoost in the Escape. Europe customers have already had a taste of this engine in the C-Max compact minivan and Focus compact car.
Ford asserts that the Escape, powered by the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, can deliver over 175 hp and 170 pounds-feet of torque. At a recent media event, Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president of global product development, said that it offers a higher highway fuel economy than the existing Escape Hybrid, which has a rating of 31 mpg highway.
In the Escape, the 3.0-liter V-6 will be replaced by the 2.0-liter EcoBoost. Kuzak said that the 2.0-liter engine offers higher fuel economy than the V-6 engines of its rivals. With its performance, it could compete with the bigger six-cylinder powertrains. Kuzak added that EcoBoost will still be the “cornerstone’ of its fuel-efficiency strategy.
The new Ford Escape positions itself as the most helpful vehicle that the American carmaker has produced to date. It uses the most number of hands-free technologies ever offered for a Ford truck and allows drivers and passengers to load and unload through the rear hatch without needing a key. It can also help you in staying continuously connected. It also helps in in avoiding collisions and assisting you in parallel parking.
The Intelligent 4WD System gives you top-notch traction and handling. The system is all new and was engineered by Ford. Plus you have exclusive technologies such as the curve control that automatically slows the vehicle down when you are cornering a bit too fast; and the torque vectoring control that helps you when accelerating through a turn. This is the first time that an SUV has both technologies.
Escape marketing manager Jason Sprawka says that the new Escape has a wealth of technologies and assistive technology that customers want to help make their lives easier.
The features here are described as smart, customer oriented and a first in the segment. Top on the list is the hands-free power tailgate, helping you unlock the liftgate just by gently kicking the center of the rear bumper. That allows you to easily and quickly access the cargo area without having to set down your packages and fumbling for your keys. Close the hatch in the same manner.
The technology is highly similar to the Intelligent Access technology that has a push-button start that allows you to unlock doors and driving off without even taking the key out of your pockets. Using a key fob that you keep on your person or purse, you simply pull on the door handle to get into your SUV. Then just hold down the brake pedal and press the power button to start the engines.