2009 Escape, Mariner to get upgraded engine, transmission

Standard equipment on the 2009 Ford Escape, shown, and Mercury Mariner will include a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Ford says the new transmission will improve fuel economy.
DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. has retooled its Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner crossovers with scaled-up engines and transmissions for the 2009 model year.

The crossovers will have a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 166 pounds-feet of torque and 170 hp — a 17 hp gain over the outgoing 2.3-liter engine. The 2.5-liter also will be the gasoline-powered powertrain for hybrid versions of the Escape and Mariner in 2009.

A new six-speed automatic transmission will replace the four-speed automatic. Ford says that will improve fuel economy.

Ford also is offering an optional 230-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 on the Escape and Mariner for 2009. The new V-6 boasts a 30-hp gain over the crossovers' previous optional V-6 and is teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Ford also said it will offer E85 flexible-fuel versions of the 2009 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs and E-series Econoline vans. 

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