Two excellent engines for Ford’s next iteration of the Escape SUV.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Oct. 6, 2011
Last December, Ford announced it would be building the new 2013 Escape at its Louisville, KY Assembly Plant.
In news worth posting, Ford will be offering not one but two EcoBoost engines in the upcoming all-new 2013 Ford Escape debuting next month in LA.
The all-new Escape includes a powertrain lineup including three I4 options with the 1.6- and 2.0L EcoBoost engines making the headlines.
Ford’s 1.6L EcoBoost engine makes its North American debut in the new Escape and is expected to deliver higher highway fuel economy than the current 31 mpg rated Ford Escape Hybrid, which by all appearances is set to disappear.
When equipped with the 2.0L EcoBoost, the all-new Explorer will have better fuel economy than competitors’ V6 engines while providing better performance. If the new 2.0L follows in Ford’s previous iterations, expect 240 HP and 270 lb-ft. of torque to be available just as it provides in the 2.0L EcoBoost equipped Ford Edge.
While this is just a reference to what the 2.0L EcoBoost may be capable of in the upcoming 2013 Escape if geared correctly, the 2012 Ford Edge with its brand new 2.0L EcoBoost allowed the following on a city/suburban RT loop just yesterday in West Chicago.
2012 Ford Edge with 2.0L EcoBoost
50 + mpg? Diesel like FE indeed!
While Ford has removed any reference of the next generation 2013 Escape receiving the next generation Ford Hybrid drivetrain, they did say the C-MAX HEV and C-MAX Energi PHEV will be the fuel-efficient choice for future Ford customers.
In a tweet two days ago, Ford’s Social Media lead, Scott Monty released the following after being questioned about the lack of a Hybrid drivetrain for the all-new 2013 Escape:
Originally Posted by Scott Monty
Not to worry - we'll have plenty of hybrid options. ^SM
Apparently C-MAX will be the hybrid solution and EcoBoost will be the engine of choice for the rest.