Ford Vertrek crossover concept to replace Escape and Kuga models

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The Vertrek is by far the best looking crossover concept that ever came out of Ford in a very long time, and Ford is introducing it at the Detroit Auto Show. The new sleeker, sportier and more stylish compact CUV model of what Ford has in stored for its future crossovers, which sets to replace both the Escape and Kuga models.

“Vertrek concept is a no-compromise solution we feel utility vehicle customers will embrace around the world,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president of Global Product Development. “It is a revolution compared to what is typically seen in this segment in North America and is a stylish evolution compared with products outside North America. This new design is sleeker and more fuel efficient and delivers the capability, including people and cargo volume, customers demand globally.”

The Vertrek is powered by a new 1.6-liter EcoBoost inline four-cylinder engine that also comes with Auto Start-Stop technology to provide even further fuel efficiency. Also, Ford will be adding a regenerative braking system into the Vertrek’s turbocharged engine to further boost fuel economy even greater. Ford claims that the new EcoBoost engines deliver fuel economy gains of up to 20 percent and reduction of CO2 emissions of up to 15 percent, compared with larger, less-efficient engines.

The Vertrek is built on Ford’s global C-segment platform. It shares the same design concept as the Fiesta hatchback and Focus sedan, which is designed on Ford’s Kinetic design language.  We can see the resembling on the wide air inlet in the front fascia to the curved roof-line that extends all the way to the rear, which is much similar to the Fiesta hatchback.

Although the Ford Vertrek is currently in its concept form, but it is pretty much a near finishing product. We can expect the Vertrek to reach production form by 2013, and it will be interesting to see it goes head to head with the other crossovers such as the Hyundai Curb and Range Rover Evoque. From what we’ve seen so far, the Vertrek concept is a beautiful compact design, and it will sure get a lot the younger buyers interested. Lets hope it will stay like that to production.