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.