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2013 Ford Escape Engine Details Released, Hybrid Axed

2011 Ford Vertrek Concept

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The 2013 Ford Escape, based on the 2011 Ford Vertrek concept, won’t officially be revealed in public until next month’s Los Angeles Auto Show. Ford wants to make sure the public is aware of the all-new Escape, its first major redesign in over a decade, so it’s releasing just enough teaser information to ensure we’ll crowd the Ford stand in Los Angeles.

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.
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Comments (3)
  1. Interesting design!
    Let's see if the GP will be open to it with when it hits the showrooms.
    The HP rating on the 2.0 Turbo look a bit weak when compared to the KIA Sportage 2.0 Turbo.

  2. @Matt, where does the HP calculation make up for the fact that Hyundai/Kia don't make, test, or develop the Sportage within 1,000 miles of the U.S.?
    One plant, 75% of vehicles imported even today, 100% engineered in S. Korea, what a winner overall for the U.S.!
    At least the Japanese build 60-80% of their vehicles here, even if the main money, in engineering, not assembly, stays 100% in Japan.

  3. @robok2, I understand your position, but some of your facts regarding Hyundai and Kia are incorrect. Hyundai has a plant in Montgomery, AL and Kia has a plant in West Point, GA. Most of their new models are styled at a design facility in Southern California.

    It's true that Kia doesn't build the Sportage here, but the cars that are built in the U.S. (the Hyundai Sonata, Elantra and Santa Fe and the Kia Optima and Sorento) account for a large percentage of Hyundai and Kia sales.

    They may not be American companies, and the corporate profits may be banked in Korea, but both plants employ a significant number of U.S. workers, in addition to supporting a lot of local small businesses.

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