"Ford has figured out that people want more frugal cars, without having to sacrifice power nor space," Ford's vice president of Engineering for Global Product Development, Raj Nair says.
Three EcoBoost engines will be available with the new Escape: the 1.6L (SEL), the 2.0L (Titanium) and the 2.5L (S). All three will keep fuel consumption under 6.9L/100km, the SEL topping the charts at 6.0, in Transport Canada-approved numbers.
This will make the Escape the most fuel-efficient small SUV on the market. Better still, it will best even the hybrid version.
"We've come a long way in fuel consumption terms, which proves Ford's abilities to develop small, yet powerful engines," Nair added. Never before has the 178-horsepower and 194 ft-lbs of torque 1.6L EcoBoost been offered in North America.
It produces 20 horsepower and 30 ft-lbs more than than the Mazda CX-5. Ford believes before 2013, 90% of its fleet will be offered with an EcoBoost power-plant.