Although everyone was waiting for a hybrid version of the 2013 Ford Escape it appears that this vehicle will not arrive at the dealerships. FoMoCo has a serious reason for this: the EcoBoost four-cylinder engines will offer fuel economy "that approaches the existing hybrid". These words came from Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president of global product development, who also added that an Escape with higher mpg was not needed to attract buyers.
Still, if you want a hybrid model you will have to go with the C-Max Hybrid, Ford’s answer to the Toyota Prius. Kuzak says the C-Max is a multiactivity vehicle and has almost the same functionality as the Escape, plus better fuel economy. So if you want an Escpe Hybrid, buy a C-Max Hybrid. This model is expected to heat the dealerships in the second half of 2012.
Another reason for dropping the Escape Hybrid would be the fact that the hybrid version of the current Escape is not selling, as sales dropped to 9,009 vehicles, a 13 percent decline from the same period last year. Regarding the gasoline version of the Escape, its sales have improved 33 percent to 228,719 vehicles.
It was back in 2009 when Ford introduced the EcoBoost V6 with the Lincoln MKS and the Taurus SHO. Since then, more customers have preferred the EcoBoost. The introduction of this engine was in line with the strategy of the brand to have powertrains that contain advanced technologies and have smaller-displacement while having high output.
It would thus be able to deliver excellent performance and amazing fuel economy for drivers worldwide. Indeed, the driving performance and fuel economy of the EcoBoost are unlike any other. Under its EcoBoost engine technology, Ford reveals that it carries at least 125 patents. When 2013 rolls in, it is expected that at least 90% of the brand’s lineup in North America will have this same technology.
Currently, the brand will be offering for the first time two EcoBoost engines for the Escape. It will be available in a four-cylinder 2.0-liter version with the second being the four-cylinder 1.6-liter unit, the first in the U.S. The core EcoBoost technologies of the engines will include turbocharging and direct fuel injection. This time though it puts in twin independent variable camshaft timing or Ti-VCT. As such, the 2.0-liter is expected to deliver more torque compared to the V6 engine in the Toyota RAV4, even if it is larger.
For the 1.6-liter unit meanwhile, it is hoped to have fuel economy that will be the best in its segment, which comprises compact SUVs. It is also projected to be efficient by 5 mpg compared to the Escape model it will be replacing. In terms of actual figures, the four-cylinder 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine will have output at 237 horsepower with torque of 250 lb.-ft.
The 1.6-liter unit meanwhile is expected to have output at 173 horsepower with torque coming in at 177 lb.-ft. Each of the engines will be paired to the SelectShift Automatic six-speed transmission, which has been specially calibrated, as standard. Through this, drivers are able to manage the gear selection manually through a switch found on the shifter’s left-hand side.
In addition, the gearbox is fitted with a new torque converter and delivers silky smooth shifts with enhanced driving feel and better fuel economy. The engineering team also made sure to put in revised gear ratios to give a driving feel that is more balanced, no matter what the situation is. These new ratios are able to complement the redesigned torque converter.
Powertrain Supervisor Roger Maynard shared that by making two selections for the engines, it more than matches the high-tech and smart features inside the new Escape. The two engines, he continued, will not only offer a lively driving performance but even maximize fuel economy.
Similar to other EcoBoost engines, the 2.0-liter version is expected to give top across on a wide range, he added. What this means is that drivers are able to obtain fast response especially when they put down on its power, Maynard said, without fuel economy being compromised.