The Ford Escape Hybrid will soon cease to exist.

The next-generation Ford Escape, slated for its grand reveal next month at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, will feature three four-cylinder engine options, including both a 1.6- and 2.0-liter EcoBoost lump and a 2.5-liter Ti-VCT four-banger.

Vanishing for Model Year 2013 will be the V6 engine option and following it out the door will be the hybrid powertrain previously offered on Escape SUVs.

On the plus side, the next-gen Escape will be Ford's first SUV available with two EcoBoost engines, which Ford says should boost the Escape's fuel economy rating to class-leading status. For example, with the 1.6-liter engine under its bonnet, Ford says the 2013 Escape will beat the current Escape Hybrid's rating of 31 miles per gallon highway and that the 2.0-liter EcoBoost will boast a fuel economy rating that bests its competitors' six-cylinder offerings.

Meanwhile, most of the Escape's existing hybrid components will find a home in the five-passenger, dedicated hybrid C-Max.
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Fuel Efficiency Boost: All-New Ford Escape Boasts New EcoBoost Engines; C-MAX Hybrid Mileage 25 Percent Better

Fuel economy leadership remains the bull's-eye for Ford's new utility lineup for 2012, addressing the top influencer driving consumers' vehicle purchase decisions
Three four-cylinder engines in the all-new Ford Escape deliver improved mileage versus outgoing models; 1.6-liter EcoBoost® engine debuting in the U.S. in new Ford Escape is expected to deliver better fuel economy than competitors' larger four-cylinder engines
All-new Ford C-MAX Hybrid features more than a 25 percent improvement in fuel economy versus today's Ford Escape Hybrid

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 4, 2011 – Ford continues to deliver more choices for customers craving top fuel economy, offering its largest-ever EcoBoost® engine lineup in the all-new Ford Escape debuting next month and an all-new C-MAX Hybrid that's 25 percent more fuel efficient than even today's Escape Hybrid.

"Customers are prioritizing fuel economy above every other trait when they make most vehicle purchases," said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. "Ford is meeting people's needs by offering a family of fuel-efficient vehicles – from hybrids to electrics to traditional gasoline-powered cars – packed with class-leading technology, giving customers both exciting and greener driving choices."

The all-new Ford Escape, slated for reveal next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show, features a powertrain lineup with three fuel-efficient four-cylinder options, including the new 1.6- and 2.0-liter EcoBoost engines and a 2.5-liter Ti-VCT four-cylinder. The Escape will be Ford's first SUV to be available with two fuel-efficient EcoBoost engines, delivering class-leading fuel economy and performance.

"Expanding the availability of EcoBoost technology in the all-new Ford Escape will give customers a great range of choices for the fuel efficiency and performance they want in a small SUV," said Joe Bakaj, vice president, Powertrain Engineering. "This advanced technology in the new Escape delivers on our commitment to provide class-leading fuel efficiency in every new Ford product."

Ford's 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, which uses turbocharging, twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) and direct injection to deliver the performance feel of a larger engine, makes its North American debut in the new Escape. It is expected to deliver even higher highway fuel economy than the current Escape Hybrid, which is EPA-rated at 31 mpg. The new 1.6-liter engine also is expected to deliver better fuel economy than competitors' larger four-cylinder engines.

Since launch, sales of the 1.6-liter EcoBoost in Europe in Focus and C-MAX are exceeding expectations by 40 percent. The engine's broad, flat torque curve has been praised for its diesel-like performance.

Escape's new 2.0-liter EcoBoost will have better fuel economy than competitors' V6 engines while delivering unsurpassed performance compared to those larger six-cylinder powertrains.

Ford holds more than 125 patents on EcoBoost technology, a global approach to provide affordable fuel efficiency for millions of drivers that will extend to 90 percent of Ford vehicles by 2013. EcoBoost increases fuel economy up to 20 percent while reducing CO2 emissions by up to 15 percent.

With the addition of EcoBoost engines to the Escape, Ford will offer more advanced technology engines in its utility vehicle lineup than any other full-line manufacturer.

Next-generation hybrids for next-generation fuel efficiency
Next year, Ford also will grow its electrified vehicle production capacity when it launches the C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in vehicles. Both five-passenger hybrids will provide another fuel-efficient option for customers.

The next generation of the Escape Hybrid's award-winning powertrain moves to the five-passenger C-MAX Hybrid and features the first hybrid transmission and lithium-ion battery system Ford is building in-house.

Ford's new hybrid powertrain will be available exclusively in C-MAX, and it will deliver
a more than 25 percent improvement in fuel economy versus the outgoing Escape Hybrid while still offering hybrid customers the five-passenger capability they expect.

The Ford C-MAX Energi targets more than 500 miles of driving range using the battery and engine, more than any other plug-in or extended-range vehicle. It also targets AT-PZEV status and delivers better charge-sustaining fuel economy than the Chevrolet Volt.

"The C-MAX family of electrified vehicles will provide versatile, practical options for customers who need utility while reducing carbon output and significantly lowering fuel costs," Kuzak said. "No other company is providing this type of choice in a hybrid or plug-in hybrid."

Ford developed the new generation of hybrid electric vehicles using its extensive experience with first-generation hybrids including the Ford Escape Hybrid, the world's first SUV hybrid. This led to offering the two C-MAX multi-activity hybrid vehicles that feature superior fuel economy on long road trips and in stop-and-go city traffic.

"Using our platform approach to hybridization, developing two choices for customers in the heart of the market with the dedicated, front-wheel-drive Ford C-MAX was our strategy to extend the benefits of hybrid technology to even more customers," Kuzak said.

Power of choice
Ford is delivering electrified vehicles that are attainable, meeting real people's needs in the center of the market where it counts the most.

Ford launched the Transit Connect Electric small commercial van in 2010 and will launch the all-new Focus Electric later this year. In 2012, these models will be joined in North America by the new C-MAX Hybrid, a next-generation lithium-ion battery hybrid and the new C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid.

Ford has 13 vehicles with best-in-class fuel economy. In the most recent J.D. Power survey, Ford leads in fuel economy in more segments than any other major automaker, answering the demand of consumers for more fuel efficiency in their vehicles.

Today, fuel economy is 2.5 times more important to American customers than environmental concerns when it comes to buying a vehicle.

Ford Motor Company has four cars that achieve an EPA-rated 40 mpg or higher, including Fiesta, Focus, Fusion Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. Thirteen Ford vehicles achieve an EPA-rated 30 mpg or higher.

Ford's recent lineup of smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles has gained significant market share in key regions of the country. Vehicles such as the all-new Ford Focus and Fiesta both achieve 40 mpg or higher, boasting better fuel economy than even some hybrids.

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About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 166,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com.


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      krisztiant
      • 3 Years Ago
      Interesting news after the ABG article in april 6th, titled: "...Escape Hybrid rated tops in customer payback, value" News above: "...with the 1.6-liter engine under its bonnet, Ford says the 2013 Escape will beat the current Escape Hybrid's rating of 31 miles per gallon highway". However, the Escape Hybrid has a city rating of 34 mpg and a 2.5 liter engine. Even the much smaller, and weaker, 1.6 EcoBoost engine can't beat a 2.5 liter hybrid in the city. http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/noframes/30737.shtml Furthermore, the Fisker Karma has the same EcoBoost range extender engine and likely will have way better mileage. Conclusion: no ICE has any chance against a hybrid drive, period.
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @krisztiant
        The Fisker probably won't be able to match this on drive efficiency in RE mode with its serial hybrid configuration. In the city it might though as it can take advantage of brake regen.
          krisztiant
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          At the moment nobody knows, as there are very different claims / estimates, but the most usual is the 67 combined mpg (est). Fisker himself went so far on the official (fiskerautomotive.com) site as to claim a 100 mpg achievable figure, which we yet have to see to believe. http://www.fiskerautomotive.com/Content/pdf/fisker_review_MotorTrend.pdf http://www.fiskerautomotive.com/en-us/karma/features/performance
        throwback
        • 3 Years Ago
        @krisztiant
        Fisker uses a GM 2.0 turbo 4, not a Ford engine. Ford is also going to be selling a Hybrid C-max and a plug-in Hybrid C-Max. They obviously feel that gives their buyers enough choices.
          krisztiant
          • 3 Years Ago
          @throwback
          @miles Good for you. But the average commute time (in the US) is about 20 minutes and most of them are happening in the cities. For these "unlucky" people, hybrid is the better choice.
          krisztiant
          • 3 Years Ago
          @throwback
          Yep, it's GM's 2.0 Ecotec, not the EcoBoost. But the point is: any well engineered hybrid drive simply hands-down beats any ICE (even the smaller ones) from almost any point of view (especially city and combined mileage).
          miles
          • 3 Years Ago
          @throwback
          Kris, my commute is 80% highway, so I'll never have a hybrid...
      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should come out with a Hybrid-Edge.
      A_Guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      @skierpage: "over 2 tons of gasoline" Which is what you were carrying in the current Escape anyways.
      skierpage
      • 3 Years Ago
      The hybrid's ~100 pounds of battery is not "gigantic heavy". Going from 27 combined city/highway mpg (I'm guessing, a 2 mpg increase on the current manual FWD model) to 32 combined (what the current Escape Hybrid gets) saves over 2 tons of gasoline (and 6 tons less CO2) over 120,000 miles. *THAT's* gigantic heavy. The "more material, therefore bad " argument only works for people with no common sense who can't do math. All reputable studies conclude 75-90% of the pollution from a car occurs in operation, not in production and eventual disposal.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I predict that Ford is retuning to the default American car company mode of sticking their heads in the sand and hoping that they strike more oil in Texas. I'd go so far as to guess that the preliminary electric car prices are pretty much it, and they intend to charge a huge premium so as to make electric transport prohibitively expensive. Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi, maybe Toyota and BMW are the ones who are moving on.
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ford is dragging feet on the EV front. Little mass production is planned for EV's. Yes, keep them prohibitively expensive is Fords plan and some great greenwashing in the meantime. I don't know which is worse making them prohibitively expensive on not making them at all. When Tesla comes out with different models and sells them helter skelter, only then will our following boobs auto corps move to build EV's in numbers that bring the price down. Yes, at least they are moving the hybrid components to C-max. Just fallow along Ford and GM, Nissan and Tesla will do the heavy lifting for you. Toyota has already made hybrids marketable for you.
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          You're right! I hate Ford! I hate Nissan for not building enough Leaves, I hate chevy for the volt being too expensive, tesla for, well, so much. Chrysler for doing nothing. Toyota for not being fast enough on building plug ins. I hate 2 wheel cause he won't build his damn bikes, I hate Marco cause of...I dunno...kangaroos, I hate Dan just because everyone says I should, I don't like rain cause it gets me wet, and trees cause they don't block the rain very well. Now, I should be very popular here...
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        I don't think so man. I think they just prefer small turbocharged engines to hybrids. That's all there is to it. Ford is literally the most forward thinking American car company right now. At least they'll be selling an EV..
        Chris M
        • 3 Years Ago
        You are overlooking the planned Ford C-Max hybrid joining their Fusion Hybrid, and their planned Focus EV as well. Ford might even offer a plug-in version of their C-Max and Fusion hybrids, depending on the amount of interest and how well their competitors (Volt and Plug-in Prius) do.
          Ziv
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chris M
          Chris is right, Ford is moving the Escape Hybrid drivetrain over to the C-Max Hybrid, which also has a stable mate in the C-Max Energi plug in version. The new C-Max hybrid is going to get better mpg than the FFH, which gets 41 City/36 Hwy. And the 2013 FFH city mpg is going up to 47 mpg, which is pretty impressive for a car that is as well set up as the Fusion. AND, the batteries and the transmissions are going to in-sourced to Ford factories after having been built overseas. So Ford seems to be going from strength to strength. If they deliver the goods they have promised. I have been a pretty manic backer of the EREV concept for the past 3 years, but Ford looks like they know what they are doing.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chris M
          I'm not overlooking anything/ I am basing my remarks on the price of the Ford Connect Electric: 'The first units were delivered to several firms in the U.S and Canada in December 2010, including AT&T, Canada Post, the New York Power Authority and Southern California Edison. The Transit Connect Electric costs US$57,400, which more than doubles the price of the gas-powered version even after federal and any state or local incentives for electric vehicles is discounted.' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Transit_Connect Bargain! BTW, I hope I am wrong, but I do not hold out much hope.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chris M
          Miles: I base my views on the best information I have available, for instance company pricing policies on their price list. If you do not use the best information you have, even if imperfect, how do you do it?
          miles
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chris M
          So you're basing your view on the price of the Connect E fleet purchases from 2010? I base most of my automotive price predictions on the price of used riding lawnmowers in my neighborhood over the most recent summer.
          SNP
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chris M
          Ford escape is a compact SUV/CUV. It's focus is on space and power. It goes against the concept of hybrid/plugin. Better to base the fuel efficiency aspect of it on a totally different vehicle.
        A_Guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        How do you know that a new hybrid won't come after initial release? It's pretty common.
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well personally I think it blows, but for my own selfish reasons (I am an evil, right winged). I had an escape hybrid, and it was fun to tease environmentally conscious friends with the point that my evil SUV had better gas ,mileage than some (depended on the car) of their 'green' cars. Sneaking up on them in electric mode and then honking the horn was a laugh riot as well. I did say 'evil' right winger...
      lne937s
      • 3 Years Ago
      They say that it will beat the highway rating, where a hybrid drive systems is of less relevance. With better aerodynamics, a smaller displacement engine and a higher final drive ratio, I would expect it to beat it on the highway test cycle. However, I think it is pretty safe to assume that combined mileage (which is more relevant) and city mileage will be worse. Overall observed mileage is likely to also be worse. I wish that when automakers talk about the less-relevant highway number that publications would mention it in the headline, rather than implying overall MPG.
        SNP
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lne937s
        i dont think they're trying to directly compete with the escape hybrid. Just move the image of hybrid SUV/CUV to another model. A better comparison would be the differences between 2012 base vs 2013 base, while 2012 hybrid vs 2013 cmax. I dont think most escape hybrid owners towed small boats/jetskis or plowed through heavy snowstorms.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well that is disappointing the hybrid option is going away. If anything I was hoping for a plug-in Escape (basically take the same philosophy as the plug-in Prius, two-mode short 8-12 mile range), not a ditching of the green options entirely.
        Chris M
        • 3 Years Ago
        They're replacing the Escape hybrid with the C-Max hybrid, and that joins their Fusion hybrid as well. If there is enough interest and the price is right, Ford could easily produce plug-in versions of both hybrids.
          skierpage
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chris M
          Ford *IS* producing a plug-in version, read the press release. "Next year, Ford also will grow its electrified vehicle production capacity when it launches the C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in vehicles."
        Letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        You can get a PHEV Ford Escape conversion. One was shown at the AltCar Expo just recently. 35 miles AER and around 40mpg est. http://www.qtww.com/assets/u/EscapePHEV.pdf
        A_Guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        So it gets better gas mileage and doesn't have to have a gigantic heavy battery and more material - also ditching the V6 in general - however it's some how 'ditching the green options entirely'? Isn't it a more green option now than ever?
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