Saturday, 15 October, 2011 8:47 PM
Ford Escape Boasts New EcoBoost Engines; C-MAX Hybrid Mileage 25
economy leadership remains the bull's-eye for Ford's new utility
lineup for 2012, addressing the top influencer driving consumers'
vehicle purchase decisions
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Ford Escape delivers sporty performance and great fuel economy
with SUV capability.
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Hybrid will go on sale in 2012 and be part of a dedicated
family of electrified vehicles along with the C-MAX Energi
-- 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
"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
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
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.
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
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.
Source: Ford Motor