On Nov. 16 and 17, the company will share significant new product news at the L.A. International Auto Show. Leading up to the show, parts of our story will emerge and we will share them with you on @Ford Online as we travel the Road to L.A.
Today, we announced that the all-new 2013 Ford Escape will debut in Los Angeles. As part of this announcement, Ford shared details on our new fuel-efficient powertrain lineup for Escape. In addition, we talked about future growth for our electrified vehicle lineup. As part of that, we announced that we will grow our electrified vehicle production capacity when we launch the new C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in vehicle. Both five-passenger hybrids will provide another fuel-efficient option for customers. The next generation of the Escape Hybrid’s award-winning powertrain moves to the five-passenger C-MAX Hybrid and features the first hybrid transmission and lithium-ion battery system Ford is building in-house. We also said we expect to grow our annual production of electrified vehicles to more than 100,000 vehicles from today’s level of 35,000.
Below is a brief Q&A which looks at the fuel-economy improvement of the all-new 2013 Escape with the EcoBoost engine as well as addresses the conclusion of Escape Hybrid production.
Q. What is the powertrain lineup for the all-new Escape and will it deliver improved fuel economy?
A. The new Escape will launch with three fuel-efficient four cylinder engines. These are the 1.6- and 2.0-liter EcoBoost engines and the 2.5-liter Ti-VCT four cylinder engine. By prioritizing EcoBoost technology in the Escape lineup, Ford is able to deliver improved fuel economy across the Escape lineup without compromising performance.
Q. Is this the first vehicle to get the 1.6-liter EcoBoost?
A. Yes, the 1.6-liter will debut in the Escape in North America. This engine is expected to deliver improved fuel economy over the outgoing Escape Hybrid. The current Escape 2.5L I4 delivers 21 city/28 highway; the 3.0-liter V6 delivers 19 city/25 highway and the Escape Hybrid delivers 34 city/31 highway.
Q. Why is Ford moving to the C-MAX Hybrid instead of the Escape?
A. The team believes that an EcoBoost engine lineup will offer the better solution for Escape customers. It will deliver the fuel economy, performance and capability that Escape customers want in a small SUV. Meanwhile, we believe that the C-MAX Hybrid, along with the C-MAX Energi, is the right alternative. The Escape Hybrid’s award-winning powertrain will move to the five-passenger C-MAX Hybrid and it will deliver more than a 25 percent fuel economy improvement over the Escape Hybrid and will feature Ford’s first in-house hybrid transmission.
Q. Is there any update on C-MAX Energi?
A. C-MAX Energi, is coming next year. It will recharge faster than Chevy Volt and deliver more driving range than other plug-ins or extended range vehicle
Q. How much demand do you see for electric vehicles?
A. We expect growth in electrified vehicles, led by hybrids. We intend to triple production capacity by 2013 to 100,000 from today's number of 35,000. Longer term, we expect between 10 to 25 percent of our sales will be electrified vehicles by 2020. We believe the majority of those, about 70 percent, will be hybrids, with 20 to 25 percent plug-ins and the remainder pure battery electric vehicles.
Q. What electrified vehicles will we sell by the end of 2012 in North America?
A. We have confirmed five electrified vehicles and announced four:
• Transit Connect Electric (Currently on sale/MSRP $57,495; Fleet only / low volume; 55 – 80 mile range)
• Focus Electric (Production begins late 2011; 70 – 100 mile range; Charge time of approx 3 hours, with 240v charger)
• C-MAX Hybrid (Coming in 2012; New generation hybrid, with lithium-ion batteries (50% lighter, 25% smaller)
• C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid (Coming in 2012; charge time of approximately 3 hrs. with 240v charger)
• A next-generation hybrid yet to be revealed