Ford Motor Co. announced Friday its new Ford Escape was certified by the U.S. Environment Protection Agency to provide 33 miles per gallon fuel efficiency with an automatic transmission.
All three engines offered in the new Escape, which is in production at Ford’s (NYSE: F) Louisville Assembly Plant, are EPA-certified at 30-plus miles per gallon on the highway, according to a news release.
The 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine was certified to get 33 miles per gallon on the highway, while the 2.0 liter engine was certified at 30 miles per gallon. The Escape’s 2.5 liter offers 31 miles per gallon on the highway.
Ford has been working to improve fuel efficiency in all models as it prepares for new government mandates.
Earlier this month, the automaker announced a partnership with Dow Automotive Systems to use carbon fiber composites to create next-generation vehicles that are as much 750 pounds lighter than current models.
As Business First reported, the agreement built on standards already in place to raise fuel efficiency to 35.5 mpg for model years 2012-16, with a goal to increase fuel-economy standards to 54.5 miles per gallon for 2025 model-year cars and light-duty trucks.