One thing is missing from the 2013 Ford Escape.
When the redesigned Escape goes on sale early next year, a hybrid powertrain will not be available.
Why the change? After all, the Escape has been offered with a hybrid powertrain for years.
At a press event in Dearborn, Mich., last week, Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president of global product development, said there are two reasons.
First, Ford's EcoBoost four-cylinder engines will offer fuel economy "that approaches the existing hybrid," he said. Ford concluded that an Escape with higher fuel economy was not needed to attract buyers.
Second, Ford wanted a unique model that touts Ford's electrification program, a vehicle available with only two powertains: hybrid and plug-in hybrid. That's the upcoming C-Max, which is Ford's response to the Prius, the Toyota brand's dedicated model line for electrification. U.S. C-Max sales will begin in the second half of 2012, Ford said in a statement.