Next Ford Escape to Boost Mileage Without Hybrid

FordVertrekconcept

The next-generation Ford Escape compact SUV will receive two new turbo engines along with a more traditional 2.5-liter four-cylinder when it goes on sale next year, Ford announced today. A photo of the Ford Vertrek concept (above) is rumored to be the design inspiration for the next Escape.

A new turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine will be the most efficient. The company says the next Escape’s highway mileage will surpass the current Escape Hybrid’s 31 mpg highway. If the next-gen reaches just 32 mpg highway that would be a 14% boost over the current 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine’s highway rating of 28 mpg. A 2.0-liter Ecoboost four-cylinder will likely top the range promising V-6 power since there will be no V-6 option.

What happens to the next-generation Escape Hybrid? It doesn’t exist.

Instead, the future of that powertrain will reside only in the C-Max Hybrid. The small van has been shuffled around Ford’s lineup since its U.S. debut last year. Originally, a seven-passenger version with gasoline engine was the planned entry-level trim. That was scrapped. Now, a five-passenger hybrid will be available. The C-Max Hybrid will get 25% better fuel economy than the outgoing Escape Hybrid. If that’s accurate, its combined mileage would be 40 mpg. Toyota’s new 2012 Prius V is rated at 42 mpg combined.

A plug-in hybrid version of the C-Max called the C-Max Energi also will go on sale next year.

The new Escape will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

Comments 

Amuro Ray

"What happens to the next-generation Escape Hybrid? It doesn’t exist."

Boy, that's just lame :(

C-Max != Escape, thus no reason to stop offering it in nex-gen E...

Kinda interesting that the 2 vehicles that have association with Toyota's hybrid synergy engine (last generation) iare now gone - Nissan Altima & Ford Escape.

At least the hybrid engine in Nissan Altima is completely a Toyota, or maybe there are MORE association of the hybrid engine in current Ford's Escape with Toyota, unlike what some may have argued all alone...

JM

if the 2.5L I4 is the top-level engine, it must be turbocharged as well. I can't see Ford putting anything in the Escape that has less than 180 hp, which is likely what the 1.6L EcoBoost engine has. the 2.0 will likely have something over 200 hp...I just don't see the 2.5 being the "top of the lineup" without being turbocharged.

JM,
You're right. the 2.0 Turbo would likely be top of the line. I'll fix that one.

Rich

No hybrid Escape is plain dumb. That C Max is ugly and poorly named

Mike from Chicago

I don't see the harm in offering an Escape Hybrid in addition to the C-Max. I don't think they appeal to the same customer. Plus, offering the Escape in Hybrid form sets it apart from its competition. Whatevah.

George

Is the 1.6 going to be front wheel drive only?
Is the 2.0 going to be 'awd' only?

That would simplify things.

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