For 2013, the Ford Escape will get three engine choices, starting with a 2.5-liter four cylinder, likely carried over from the current Escape. Expect this engine to come in base models only, and expect it to deliver slightly better fuel economy that the current four-cylinder Escape’s 23 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
Next up will be a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, which will debut in the 2013 Escape. Ford isn’t releasing specifics on horsepower or fuel economy just yet, but it says the 1.6-liter EcoBoost-equipped Escape will deliver better highway fuel economy than the current Ford Escape Hybrid, which returns 31 mpg on the highway.
Topping the 2013 Escape engine range will be a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, which Ford says will deliver better performance and higher fuel economy than six-cylinder engine offerings from the competition.
Absent from the 2013 Ford Escape lineup is an Escape Hybrid version. As John Voelcker writes in Green Car Reports, the Escape Hybrid will be discontinued with the current version, replaced by Ford’s new C-Max Hybrid hatchback, which promises to deliver a 25-percent improvement in fuel economy compared to the Escape Hybrid.
The 2013 Ford Escape will hit the market in 2012, but for “competitive reasons” Ford won’t even give us a season. Look for further details as part of our Los Angeles Auto Show coverage.