2013 Ford Escape Goes Four-Cylinder Only, Gains Two EcoBoost Engines

Ford has yet to unveil the all-new 2013 Escape, but the automaker did provide a sneak peak at what engines will be offered in its next-generation small SUV.

Although the current Escape (shown below) is available with a 3.0-liter V-6, the new 2013 Escape (shown above as the Vertrek concept from the 2011 Detroit Auto Show) will ditch the six-cylinder option in favor of a wide range of four-cylinder options. Presently, Ford says base models will receive a 2.5-liter I-4 carried over from the current model, which is rated at 171 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. From there, buyers can upgrade to one of two EcoBoost – i.e. direct-injection, turbocharged – engine offerings.

The first is a turbocharged 1.6-liter I-4, currently offered in the European Focus and C-Max model ranges. Rated at 180 hp and 170 pound-feet of torque, the new engine isn’t much more powerful than the base 2.5-liter I-4, but the engine is expected to deliver an improvement in fuel economy. In fact, Ford says the 1.6-liter EcoBoosted Escape will deliver more than 31 mpg on the EPA’s highway test cycle –  if that's true, it would trump today’s Escape Hybrid.

Customers seeking more power will likely opt for the 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4, which is also offered in the Edge and Explorer crossover ranges. Ford has refrained from providing any figures for the new engine, but in Explorer tune, the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine produces 240 hp and 270lb-ft of torque. If so, that matches the outgoing 3.0-liter V-6’s power while besting its torque figure by 47 lb-ft. Fuel economy figures have yet to be provided, but expect a mild improvement over the current Escape V-6 model.

Ford says the new four-cylinder lineup – particularly the EcoBoost offerings -- will deliver vastly improved gas mileage for the new Escape. No details on a new Escape Hybrid were provided, but Ford notes the forthcoming C-Max Hybrid mini-minivan will even manage to best the present Escape Hybrid’s fuel economy by a whopping 25 percent. We can only hope that same system will ultimately work its way into the latest Escape.

Expect both the 2013 Escape and the production-ready C-Max Hybrid to be shown at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

Source: Ford

Nice update Ford. Keep the large tires on the production model and you will have a home run.
OMG! What is Ford smoking at their design meetings! This thing looks like some sort of swamp creature from a horror movie. A mutant catfish on wheels. It reminds me of the design disaster of the best selling old Ford Taurus when some idiot VP in charge of the new model told the design team, "I'm not scared enough" when they showed him the first draft..we all know what happeded then, the Taurus became a freak show of ovals and circles and almost bankrupt the company. It was voted "The car that most resembles a house slipper" Looks like Ford has turned loose the crazies again.

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