Scott Makowski, Ford Motor Global I4 product manager, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about the engines in the 2013 Ford Escape.
From Ford’s press release:
Spirited performance with outstanding fuel economy
Escape offers Fords broadest nameplate range of EcoBoost® engine choices yet. Strong fuel economy comes from either the available 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine or 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, which makes it’s American debut in the new Escape.
Both new engines combine EcoBoosts core technologies of direct fuel injection and turbocharging and add twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) to deliver even better miles per gallon and save customers money on fuel.
In Escape, EcoBoost engines are mated to specially calibrated, six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmissions, which are standard and allow drivers who want more hands-on experiences to manually control gear selection from a switch on the left-hand side of the shifter.
The gearbox features a new torque converter for improved driving feel, silky smooth shifts and even better fuel economy. Engineers also installed revised gear ratios for a balanced driving feel in all situations.
The standard engine in North America is an updated 2.5-liter, giving the new Escape a comprehensive lineup of four-cylinder offerings. It also is matched to a SelectShift Automatic six-speed.
Also aiding fuel economy is Escapes sleeker design. The new model is nearly 10 percent more aerodynamic than the outgoing model.
Plus, the new Escapes active grille shutter system, which is on all models with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost and 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines, reduces wind resistance. Grille slats stay open when extra engine cooling air is required, such as low-speed stop-and-go driving. When cruising on the highway at steady speeds, the grille slats automatically close to improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.
1.6-liter EcoBoost: 23 mpg city, 33 mpg highway
2.0-liter EcoBoost: 22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway
2.5-liter iVCT four-cylinder: 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway
2.5-liter iVCT four-cylinder, 168 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 170 lb.-ft. torque @ 4,500 rpm;
1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4, 178 hp @ 5,700 rpm, 184 lb.-ft. torque @ 2,500 rpm; 2.0-liter
EcoBoost I-4, 240 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 270 lb.-ft. torque @ 3,000 rpm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic Series: S, SE, SEL, Titanium
Production location: Louisville Assembly Plant, Louisville, Ky.
MSRP: Starting at $22,470