At the Detroit Auto Show, Ford gave a big hint as to what the next Escape crossover might look like. The Ford Vertrek concept embodies the Blue Oval’s design direction as it works on its next-generation compact crossovers.
According to Olathe Ford Certified Preowned, consumers in North America, Europe and Asia, desire a vehicle that includes an engaging design, outstanding fuel economy and smart technologies. The Vertrek concept has been designed to address all those areas.
“In markets around the world, consumers are very clear about what they want in a compact SUV – strong design, great driving quality, smart technology and the capability that helps get them to places they love to be,” said Jim Farley, group vice president, Global Marketing, Sales and Service. “This holds true no matter where they live – in the U.S., Europe, China – these are global trends.”
Ford says that the Vertrek concept boasts ‘grab your gear and go’ capability, but stresses that it does it in a very sophisticated way. Dayton Used Cars said the concept also features customer-focused Ford technologies including SYNC, active park assist, BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert and Intelligent Access with push-button start.
Under the hood the Vertrek is an equally advanced powertrain, said Annapolis Used Cars. Ford expects this vehicle would achieve best-in-class fuel economy thanks to its 1.6-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine. This engine, which is already making its way across Ford’s lineup, delivers ample power while also offering fuel efficiency and low emissions. Ford also hinted that a model based on the Vertrek could be equipped with a six-speed transmission to further improve performance and fuel economy.
“Increased fuel economy, especially outstanding highway fuel economy, is what these customers want because they are active on the weekend, taking trips and seeking new experiences,” said Farley. “They want their vehicle to look good, drive well and use less fuel.”