That’s a bold gamble at a time when government incentives for hybrids are up. But Ford seems confident that its turbocharged line of EcoBoost engines can not only match the Escape Hybrid’s fuel efficiency, but beat it. According to a post on The Ford Story, the new Escape (to be unveiled in November) will have three engine options; a 2.5 liter naturally-aspirated engine, a 1.6 liter EcoBoost and a 2.0 Liter EcoBoost.
The 2.5 liter four-banger will be standard, and the 1.6 liter EcoBoost engine will be the new efficiency model, with Ford claiming it will offer better fuel economy than the outgoing Escape Hybrid. That means it will have to best 31 mpg on the highway. The 2.0 liter EcoBoost is probably going to be more attuned towards a sport model. If the Vertrek concept (above) unveiled last year in any indication, Ford intends to play up the “sport” side of SUV. I could totally dig a 247 horsepower turbocharged SUV with good fuel economy.
Still, I am waiting for Ford to offer more fuel choices as well. A turbodiesel Escape would be even better if you ask me. Hopefully, it will embrace the new design language as well, as I like both the Vertrek concept and the Evos sedan concept. But I’d rather they embrace alternative fuels such as CNG, diesel, and whatnot. Also makes one wonder…what are Ford’s future hybrid plans without the Escape?
Source: The Ford Story
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.