Ford Vertrek Concept Debuts

2011 Detroit Auto Show

  • Ford Vertrek Concept @ 2011 Detroit Auto Show

    This is the compact SUV of the future according to Ford. It may be called the Vertrek concept for now, but it's actually an early look at the 2012 Ford Escape due out later this year. | January 10, 2011

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2011 Detroit Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The Ford Vertrek concept previews the upcoming replacements for the Ford Escape in the U.S. and the Ford Kuga in Europe.
  • The Vertrek bears a family resemblance to the Ford Focus and the Ford C-Max and uses the same global C-segment platform as those vehicles.
  • Ford has not provided fuel economy numbers on a production version of the Vertrek, but says preliminary data shows it will be "at least 5 percent more aerodynamically efficient...than Escape."

DETROIT — The Ford Vertrek concept unveiled at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show provides broad hints about the look, powertrain and fuel economy of the replacements for the Ford Escape in the U.S. and the Ford Kuga in Europe.

"It signals the direction Ford will take in developing a new global utility vehicle," said Ford in a statement.

The Ford Vertrek bears a family resemblance to the 2012 Ford Focus and C-Max. The Vertrek concept is based on Ford's global C-segment platform, which includes the redesigned Focus, C-Max and Grand C-Max.

Ford did not estimate the fuel economy numbers on a production version of the Vertrek, but it is clear that fuel efficiency will be one of the hallmarks of the Escape replacement. The 2011 Ford Escape 4WD returns 20 miles per gallon in city driving and 26 miles per gallon on the highway, according to the EPA.

The Vertrek debuts as gas prices in the U.S. continue to move past the $3 per gallon mark. On the eve of the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, the average price of a gallon of unleaded gas stood at $3.08 versus $2.73 a year ago, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

"Ford preliminary data show that a production vehicle based around the Vertrek concept would be at least 5 percent more aerodynamically efficient than current comparable Ford North American and European models, such as the Escape and Kuga," said the automaker in a statement.

The Vertrek concept is equipped with a 1.6-liter Ford EcoBoost engine with Auto Stop-Start technology linked to a six-speed transmission. Outside the U.S., a production Vertrek would likely get a "wide range" of diesel engines, said the automaker.

"(Vertrek) is a revolution compared to what is typically seen in this segment in North America," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president of global product development, in a statement. says: The future version of your Ford Escape will be all about fuel economy. — Anita Lienert, Correspondent

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