Add Ford to the list of automakers possibly sporting digital LCD gauges in their upcoming models. We noticed this digital cluster while riding
in a Ford Escape Hybrid during a tech demo at Ford's Product Development Center. The demo didn't involve the digital gauges and the Ford spokesperson who we were riding with was unable to provide more information when questioned about the display.
We reached out to Ford, who said that this was a test vehicle and would not confirm if the digital cluster would make its way into production. Ford also emphasized that MyFord Touch will play a big role in their future info display plans.
As evidenced by TRANSLOGIC 59: Lexus LFA (04:30), one apparent benefit of digital gauges is that their output speed can match the super quick revs of powerful, high-end engines. We can't see how that would be a concern on a Ford Escape Hybrid; however, perhaps the digital readout would benefit drivers looking for more info related to their hybrid's energy usage (note the battery icon in the right-hand corner of the display). I guess we'll just have to wait and see...
Ed. The voice in the video is that of another automotive journalist riding along with us and the Ford reps.
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