2013 Ford Escape gets two EcoBoost engine options, no more Escape Hybrid

Ford will be unveiling a brand new Ford Escape next month and besides a completely redesigned and revamped exterior and interior – the new Escape will be getting a lot of changes under the hood. The new 2013 Ford Escape will now offer the largest-ever EcoBoost lineup in a Ford model and will feature a full 4-cylinder lineup.

“Customers are prioritizing fuel economy above every other trait when they make most vehicle purchases,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “Ford is meeting people’s needs by offering a family of fuel-efficient vehicles – from hybrids to electrics to traditional gasoline-powered cars – packed with class-leading technology, giving customers both exciting and greener driving choices.”

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The 2013 Ford Escape, which will be based on the Vertrek Concept (pictured) will debut at the 2011 LA Auto Show next month with three 4-cylinder options including:

  • 1.6 liter 4-cylinder EcoBoost making 175-hp.
  • 2.0 liter 4-cylinder EcoBoost making 240-hp.
  • 2.5 liter Ti-VCT 4-ctlinder.

“Expanding the availability of EcoBoost technology in the all-new Ford Escape will give customers a great range of choices for the fuel efficiency and performance they want in a small SUV,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, Powertrain Engineering. “This advanced technology in the new Escape delivers on our commitment to provide class-leading fuel efficiency in every new Ford product.”

Ford said it expects the new Escape lineup to deliver higher highway fuel-economy than the current Escape Hybrid, which is an EPA-rated 31 mpg.

There will no longer be a Ford Escape Hybrid. Ford will save the hybrid people hauler for the new C-MAX Hybrid, which is 25 percent more fuel-efficeint than today’s Escape Hybrid.

– By: Omar Rana


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