New, Larger Engine in 2009 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner Offers Improved Fuel Efficiency and More Power; New Platform for Hybrid Models
|The 2009 Escape.|
The new 2009 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner, announced this week at the Washington Auto Show, feature a new, larger 2.5-liter engine and a new 6-speed automatic transmission.
The new powertrain is expected to improve the Escape and Mariner’s EPA estimated fuel economy by 1 mile per gallon and to provide an 11% increase in horsepower to 170 hp (127 kW). The new engine also is the new platform for Ford’s hybrid Escape and Mariner. Adapted to the Atkinson cycle, the engine is the first from Ford to incorporate variable valve timing on a engine applied in a hybrid powertrain.
The 2008 FWD Escape with 2.3-liter engine and automatic transmission carries an EPA combined cycle fuel economy rating of 22 mpg.
The new 2.5-liter engine with intake variable cam timing (IVCT) delivers a 17-horsepower increase in output over the outgoing 2.3-liter engine. The engine delivers peak torque of 225 Nm (166 lb-ft), and features dual-mode crankshaft damping, electronic throttle control and PowerPC engine electronic control.
With the improvements, Escape and Mariner also achieve ULEV II emissions certification.
An optional, 230-hp (172 kW), 3.0-liter V-6 engine—a 30-hp increase over last year—also is offered. It too will offer an estimated 1 mpg fuel economy improvement and better acceleration, due to the new 6-speed transmission and engine enhancements, including new pistons, cylinder heads and fuel injection system. The 2008 version with the 3.0-liter engine carries an EPA fuel economy rating of 20 mpg.
The new, more fuel-efficient automatic 6-speed transmission featured in the Escape and Mariner offers a significant improvement in powertrain smoothness and drivability, replacing the four-speed automatic previously offered.
Its flexibility allows Escape and Mariner to feature a longer final-drive ratio for optimal fuel economy, while its smooth-shifting quality is designed to provide an enhanced experience for the driver, especially in combination with the more powerful engines in the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner family.
Fuel savings also come from additional design and engineering features, including:
Aerodynamic improvements, including a new front fascia chin spoiler and rear tire spoilers.
A new 16-inch Michelin tire design offers improved rolling resistance that contributes to fuel efficiency, while also bringing improvements in quiet operation, steering and handling, and stopping distance.
All Escape and Mariner models now feature Easy Fuel, a capless refueling system. This feature is not only a convenience for customers but also helps to prevent evaporative fuel emissions.
|Under the hood of the 2009 Escape Hybrid. Click to enlarge.|
Hybrids. The new 2.5-liter engine also is the new foundation for the Escape Hybrid and Mariner Hybrid models. Adapted for hybrid use, the engine is Ford’s first to use variable valve timing on an Atkinson cycle hybrid engine. Ford says that advancements in engine processor technology enable a nearly imperceptible transition from gas to electric mode.
A new brake system also provides a more seamless transition from regenerative braking to traditional braking. It incorporates a new pedal sensor that gives the driver better feedback and pedal feel similar to that of a traditional vacuum-assisted hydraulic system.
Also new for MY 2009 is a new standard safety feature: AdvanceTrac with RSC. Already standard on gas-powered models, this patented Ford Motor Company stability control system includes roll stability control. Escape Hybrid and Mariner Hybrid are the only small hybrids to offer such a safety technology.
In 2007, Ford Escape Hybrid recorded a 10.4% increase in sales versus 2006, with 21,386 units sold, while Mercury Mariner Hybrid sales were up 17% over 2006 to 3,722 units. Total Ford Escape sales were up 5.2% to 165,596. Mercury Mariner was up 2.6% to 34,844 units.