2020 Ford Escape unveiled with a new look and two Hybrid options
With todayâ€™s reveal of the stylish new Escape, featuring the small SUVâ€™s best-ever performance, flexibility and smart new technology, Ford is reinventing the model that helped drive the popularity of the segment.
Escape, which debuted the worldâ€™s first hybrid SUV in 2005, brings back two hybrid choices for 2020, a standard hybrid and a plug-in variant, and introduces technologies ranging from drive modes and driver-assist features to electric vehicle ingenuity and on-board connectivity.
â€œThis all-new Escape brings a sleeker, sportier design with the capability to take you on just about any of your lifeâ€™s adventures,â€ said Kumar Galhotra, Fordâ€™s president, North America. â€œWith our class-leading hybrid powertrains, customers will spend less time at the gas station and more time on the road.â€
To create a sportier look for the all-new Escape, designers turned to some of the most high- profile sports cars in the Ford showroom. The shield-shaped trapezoidal grille is inspired by the sixth-generation Mustang, while the lower front end borrows from Ford GT. Compared to the current model, the all-new Escape stands lower, wider and longer.
With a sloped roofline, optimized liftgate spoiler and strake, and efficient underbody, the all-new Escape is the most aerodynamic to date. Meanwhile, it sheds more than 90 kilograms (200 pounds) from the current model, due in part to the extensive use of high-strength, lightweight steel.
Every model in the lineup, whether powered by one of two EcoBoost engines or the all-new hybrid powertrains, targets an EPA-estimated range of at least 640 kilometeres per tank. The standard hybrid with front-wheel drive targets best-in-class EPA-estimated range of more than 885 kilometres.
Best-performing Escape ever
New powertrains and transmission systems, a reduction in weight, improved aerodynamics and updated suspension system all contribute to one undeniable fact: this is the best-performing, most fun-to-drive Escape ever.
Gas engine-powered models as well as the standard hybrid are available with all-wheel drive. EcoBoost-equipped models get a new quick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission for smooth, responsive shifting, while every Escape receives an all-new suspension and improved isolation with a new isolated rear subframe.
â€œThis new vehicle performs like no other Escape before,â€ said Jim Hughes, Escape chief program engineer. â€œItâ€™s quick, itâ€™s responsive and, in staying true to the standard set by three generations of Escapes before it, itâ€™s a heck of a lot of fun to drive.â€
The new 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine, available on SEL and Titanium is projected to produce 250 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque using 93 octane fuel, while turning in a 0-100 km/h time up to 10 per cent faster than the outgoing Escape 2.0-litre. When properly configured, it is rated to tow almost 1,600 kilograms (3500 pounds).
The all-new 1.5-litre EcoBoost, standard on S, SE and SEL, is projected to produce 180 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque using 93 octane fuel. When properly configured, it is rated to tow more than 900 kilograms (2000pounds). To help conserve fuel, the 1.5-litre EcoBoost debuts cylinder deactivation, a Ford first for North America, which senses when one cylinder isnâ€™t needed and shuts it down automatically. The system can activate or deactivate a cylinder in 14 milliseconds to maintain a smooth ride.
Titanium model come standard with Fordâ€™s innovative fourth-generation hybrid propulsion system, which includes an all-new 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle hybrid engine and electronic continuously variable transmission. The front-wheel-drive hybrid model is projected to produce a combined system horsepower of 198, and a top speed of 137 km/h in electric-only mode.
The plug-in hybrid variant, available on every trim level except S, projects a best-in-class range of at least 48 kilometres in electric-only mode. Escape Plug-In Hybrid has a Level 1 / Level 2 AC charging port. Using a 110-volt Level 1 charge, the estimated time to fully charge the battery is 10 to 11 hours. Using a 240-volt Level 2 charge, charge time drops to roughly 3.5 hours.
Hybrid models feature four EV modes that allow customers to select the settings most suitable for their individual needs. This means:
- In Auto EV mode, the vehicle decides whether to run on gas or electric power
- In EV Now mode, drivers can operate on all-electric driving
- In EV Later mode, drivers can switch to full gas-powered driving to conserve electric kilometres for later
- In all-new EV Charge mode, drivers can continue to charge the battery while driving and generate electric-only kilometres to use later