2013 Ford Escape engines EPA-certified at 30 mpg highway or better
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DETROIT -- All three engine offerings for the 2013 Ford Escape were certified by the EPA to get 30 mpg or more on the highway, Ford Motor Co. said.
Ford has redesigned the Escape for 2013 and dropped the V-6 engine option in favor of a top-of-the-line 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, which cranks out the same horsepower as the V-6 with two fewer cylinders.
Ford also has dropped the hybrid version of the Escape. Ford will sell the C-Max crossover, built on the same platform as the Escape, as a hybrid only. The C-Max Hybrid goes on sale this fall.
The three Escape engines are EPA-rated as follows for city and highway fuel consumption:
1.6-liter EcoBoost (178 hp and 184 lbs.-ft. of torque), 23 mpg city/33 highway
2.0-liter Ecoboost (240 hp and 270 lbs.-ft. of torque), 22 mpg city/30 highway
2.5-liter iVCT (168 hp and 170 lbs.-ft. of torque), 22 mpg city/31 highway
The 2.5-liter engine, the only carryover from the current Escape, will be offered only in the base S model. Even though it's the same basic engine, mileage is 3 mpg better on the highway than the same engine in the 2012 Escape. The 1.6-liter EcoBoost will be the base engine in the SE, SEL and Titanium trim versions. The EcoBoost engine is a direct injection gasoline engine with turbocharging.
The redesigned Escape features a sleek, new style that is 10 percent more aerodynamic than the outgoing Escape, the company said.
Ford will offer more than 90 percent of its North American vehicle lineup with EcoBoost engines by 2013.
Ford said the Escape will begin arriving in dealerships in May.
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