Ford introduced a new compact sport utility vehicle concept—Vertrek—at the 2011 North American International Auto Show. Vertrek is engineered as a global vehicle, and is designed for use with EcoBoost or diesel engines. In addition, the Vertrek incorporates a stop/start system and regenerative braking to lower its fuel consumption.
|The Vertrek concept. Click to enlarge.|
The Vertrek concept previews a next-generation product with a sleek design while maintaining the cargo volume offered by the current Ford Escape in North America, a traditional compact SUV with 66.3 cubic feet (1,879 liters) behind the first row and 29.2 cubic feet (828 liters) behind the second row.
The concept is also created to show how an all-new Ford compact SUV could offer substantially more cargo volume than the current Ford Kuga sold in Europe, yet still retain design leadership in its segment. In production, a vehicle based on the Vertrek concept could offer about 15% more cargo volume behind the first row than the Kuga and around 20% more cargo volume behind the second row.
The powertrain in the concept shown in Detroit uses the 1.6-liter direct injection turbocharged EcoBoost gasoline engine. By 2013, 80% of Ford’s global nameplates and 90% of Ford’s North American nameplates will have an EcoBoost option.