Ford Motor Co. intends to provide EcoBoost engines in 11 vehicles in 2012, an increase from seven in 2011. The automaker also plans to triple the production capacity of EcoBoost-equipped vehicles. The company is counting on its range of turbocharged EcoBoost engines to boost fuel economy benefits without having to sacrifice performance.
In North America last year, Ford built 127,883 automobiles with the engine, company spokesperson Richard Truett stated. If that production is tripled, Ford would roll out at least 383,000 units fitted with the engines this year.
The company has recently disclosed that it will bring variants of the EcoBoost engine in the Fusion, Escape, Focus and Interceptor, a model that law enforcement agencies are using. The Fusion mid-sized sedan and the Escape crossover will be all-new for the 2013 model year. The automaker will deliver the new Escape in May while the new Fusion will be offered in late summer or early fall, Truett revealed. The Inceptor and the Focus will be delivered in the second half of this year, he further stated.
Sue Cischke, who is the automaker's group vice president of sustainability, environment and safety engineering, commented that the EcoBoost expansion and availability in high-volume nameplates like the all-new Ford Escape and Fusion will bring the cheap, fuel-saving innovation to "the heart of the market."
According to the automaker, it will provide a 1.6-liter or 2.0-liter engine for the Fusion and the Escape, a 3.5-liter V-6 for the Inceptor and a 2.0-liter for the Focus. The company further stated that the 2.0-liter will deliver 237 hp and achieve 25% better fuel economy compared to the outgoing 3.5-liter V-6. Ford did not disclose the specific mpg numbers for the engine. Meanwhile, the 1.6-liter engine will get 26 mpg city/37 highway. Ford anticipates this engine to be the volume leader.
Ford steps out with the latest Ford Escape -- probably the most versatile cargo SUV ever built. Ford Escape’s sports-inspired design “didn’t happen by accident”. Martin Smith confirmed that his team has always considered the Escape’s athletic design and that they had wished to apply “those muscles” in the new SUV.
The North American market will get to experience the new Ford Escape with its latest Kuga badge on its body. Underneath its sleek design comes functionality and so this is where the impressive cargo volume comes in. The first row boasts of 68.1 cu.ft of space while the row behind it has 34.3 cu.ft. more. This interior volume is actually more than what the outgoing Ford Escape has to offer.
New Escape also comes with Ford’s lighter and convenient structure for the seats. Shedding almost three pounds of weight, the new seats are now more functional than ever. Aside from the 6-way adjustment, the seats are equipped with 2-way lumbar support as well as 2-way power recline settings.
Ford offers an optionally available sport seat with very unique design and higher bolsters on the sides. This is also the first to come out with 4-way adjustments for the head restraint at the front. The upgraded seats (at the rear) as well as the head restraints are much simpler to fold with its soy-based materials.