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Old 11-17-2011, 05:55 PM   #1
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Will Ford continue with DCT.

Considering a 2012 Focus. I understand Ford has addressed customer complaints with the DCT transmission with software update ( IPad somehow posted imcomplete message). However, some will never like the transmission because it is so different.

In addition, the 2013 Escape, which is based on the Focus chassis, will offer only a 6 speed conventional automatic teamed to one of three 4 cylinder engines - no DCT.

So the question is, will Ford stick with the DCT for Focus and Fiesta or revert to a conventional automatic? It would be truly unfortunate to be stuck with an orphaned transmission but it wouldn't be completely illogical for Ford to do so.


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Old 11-17-2011, 06:30 PM   #2
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I hope so ... DCT is a truly revolutionary design that greatly improves the driving experience. This is one of the best features of the new focus and I think it will prevail as the norm for future designs. No idea why they didn't put it in the new Escape.
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Old 11-17-2011, 06:36 PM   #3
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The escape has had the 6 spd auto for a few years now. I highly doubt you will see anyone orphaned with the focus DCT trans.
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The Escape is most likely sticking with the slushbox for its towing capability.
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Old 11-17-2011, 06:57 PM   #5
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The Escape is most likely sticking with the slushbox for its towing capability.
That makes sense. Plus the 2013 Escape engines (2.5 normally aspirated, 1.6 and 2.0 turbo engines) do produce more torque than the 2012 Focus, so maybe that's another reason.
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:37 PM   #7
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The DCT in the Focus is limited to 280 Nm or about 205 ft/lbs. The version in these cars is the 2nd generation from Getrag and the partnership with Ford. DCT for lower torque vehicles is here to stay with gear spreads approaching 8:1 in six or more gears, signifcantly more fuel effiency over hydraulic autos and even standard trans it only makes sense this tech is going to much more common.
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:50 PM   #8
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DCT will continue and a 7 speed version will eventually be added.

The higher efficiency of the DCT makes it an obvious choice to meet increasing EPA mileage mandates as well as meeting consumer's requirements for higher mpgs.

As for the Escape, as stated above, the Escape has higher torque engines available than the Focus.
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There is something to be said, though, about the ability to cool a conventional automatic, and the abiltiy of the torque convert to cushion the load, when towing. I still think conventional automatics will play a role in certain classes of cars, going forward. As for the Focus, no real reason for a switch to occur, if the behaviour of the DCT is brought into line.
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Old 11-18-2011, 01:31 AM   #10
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Torque multiplication is huge too for towing.
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