From Ford press: The redesigned 2005 Ford Escape is a sound mix of fun, agility and durability. The small SUV's style, roominess, fuel-economy and affordability continue to make it the segment leader. It is geared to active, "young at heart" drivers and first-time SUV buyers who desire SUV qualities in a more compact package.
For 2005, Escape is designed for even greater appeal with two improved engine options - a new Duratec 23 four-cylinder and an improved Duratec 30 V-6 - and a newly available automatic transmission on four-cylinder models.
Escape is built in Kansas City, Mo., and Avon Lake, Ohio
he 2005 Escape is the latest Ford Motor Company vehicle to take advantage of the new global modular four-cylinder engine family. The base engine in the Escape displaces 2.3 liters and produces 153 horsepower and 152 foot-pounds of torque, an increase of 26 horsepower and more than 15 foot-pounds of torque compared with the 2004 model's 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The new engine produces its torque on a broader, flatter curve than the current powerplant, for better mid-range throttle response. For the first time, the four-cylinder engine will be available with a four-speed automatic transmission.
The standard five-speed manual transmission is a new gearbox with short, positive throws and reduced shift efforts. The new engine increases the towing capacity of four-cylinder Escape models from 1,000 pounds to 1,500 pounds for 2005. V-6 models can tow up to 3,500 pounds, when properly equipped.
The Duratec 23's aluminum block and head are approximately 40 pounds lighter compared to the current iron and aluminum engine - leading directly to fuel economy and vehicle dynamics improvements. The cylinder head's Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) design uses Direct Acting Mechanical Bucket (DAMB) tappets and an aluminum alloy (AA319) "high flow" cylinder head with press-fit valve seats, which helps to improve long-term sealing.
Escape's V-6 engine, the Duratec 30, continues to be standard on XLT and Limited models, producing 200 horsepower and 193 foot-pounds of torque - among the best ratings in the class.
For 2005, this 3.0-liter V-6 has improved part-throttle and launch performance feel, a smoother idle and improved shift quality from its standard four-speed automatic transmission. Redesigned engine mounts have reduced the vibration of the steering wheel, while a retuned acoustic silencer helps reduce overall powertrain noise by one to three decibels.
Part-throttle driving feel and idle stability improvements are made possible by Ford Motor Company's new Black Oak powertrain management software. The new 32-bit Motorola PowerPC™ processor is more than five times faster than previous designs, can communicate more quickly with the automatic transmission and has adaptive capabilities - all of which provide more confident, refined performance.
With the V-6 engine, Escape can tow up to 3,500 pounds, when properly equipped. Both engines feature a new catalytic converter that provides tighter emissions control with less precious metal than used previously.