"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."
The Vertrek concept previews a next-generation product with a sleek, modern design and yet maintains the generous cargo volume offered by the current Ford Escape in North America, a traditional compact SUV.
A wide suite of 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 are featured in the Vertrek concept.
Powertrain technology is also advanced, providing anticipated best-in-class fuel economy with the 1.6-liter Ford EcoBoost gasoline engine featured in the concept vehicle as one of the future powertrain choices. The concept also previews the Ford Auto Start-Stop system, which contributes further to fuel efficiency and low emissions.
The Vertrek concept could also easily use one of Ford's wide range of efficient and powerful diesel engines offered in markets outside the U.S. For example, the acclaimed 2.0-liter Ford Duratorq TDCi (turbo diesel common-rail direct-injection) engine has recently been upgraded to deliver even higher efficiency with improved performance, fuel economy and refinement.
A more efficient combustion system enables greater peak power, significantly improved driveability with increased responsiveness and more pulling power at low engine speeds. It also delivers reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Depending on application, CO2 emissions are reduced by up to 7 percent compared to the previous 2.0-liter Duratorq TDCi engine.