All-New 2020 Ford Escape Lineup Includes Plug-In Hybrid
Car Pro | April 10, 2019
Ford is launching an all-new Escape. The 2020 range is completely revamped and includes not one but two new hybrids, one of them a plug-in.
The Escape debuts Ford’s new sliding second-row seats. Ford says they give you best-in-class second-row legroom, plus as much as 37.5 cubic feet of cargo space.
New drive modes as well as Ford’s Co-Pilot360™ driver-assist technology.
Other available features include a 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster, a first-for-Ford in North America heads-up display and first-in-class driver-assist features Active Park Assist 2.0 and Evasive Steering Assist.
New Ford Escape Plug-in Model arrives next Spring 2020.
S, SE, SE Sport, SEL and Titanium series trim levels arrive in Fall 2019.
Pricing is TBD.
The new Escape is lower, wider and longer than the current model. Ford says designers took inspiration from its sports cars like the GT and the mustang to create a sportier look for the all-new Escape. The shield-shaped trapezoidal grille is inspired by the sixth-generation Mustang, while the lower front end borrows from Ford GT. Ford says with a sloped roofline, optimized lift gate spoiler and strake, and efficient underbody, the all-new Escape is also the most aerodynamic to date. It’s 200 pounds lighter, too, from the current model, due in part to the extensive use of high-strength, lightweight steel.
There are four powertrains offered, two gas-only and two hybrids, one of those a plug-in.
New 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, available on Titanium, is projected to produce 250 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque using 93-octane fuel, while turning in a 0-60 mph time up to 10 percent faster than the outgoing Escape 2.0-liter. When properly configured, it is rated to tow 3,500 pounds.
All-new 1.5-liter 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 2,000 pounds. To help conserve fuel, the 1.5-liter EcoBoost debuts cylinder deactivation, a Ford first for North America, which senses when one cylinder isn’t needed and shuts it down automatically. The system can activate or deactivate a cylinder in 14 milliseconds to maintain a smooth ride.
Hybrid: SE Sport and Titanium models come standard with Ford’s innovative fourth-generation hybrid propulsion system, which includes an all-new 2.5-liter 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 85 mph in electric-only mode.
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 400 miles per tank. The standard hybrid with front-wheel drive targets EPA-estimated range of more than 550 miles.
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.
The plug-in hybrid variant, available on every trim level except S and SE Sport, projects an EPA-estimated range of at least 30 miles 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 miles for later
In all-new EV Charge mode, drivers can continue to charge the battery while driving and generate electric-only miles to use later
Cabin Roominess and Cargo Space
Ford says the new Escape is roomier than the outgoing model.
Sliding second-row seats (in gas engine-powered models) give rear-seat passengers to best-in-class maximum second-row legroom with the seats in the full rearward position, plus increased knee clearance and footwell length for a more comfortable ride.
With the second-row seats in the full forward position, the rear cargo area extends roughly six inches to offer 37.5 cubic feet of cargo space in gas engine-powered models (cargo and load capacity limited by weight and weight distribution). The cargo area was designed to accommodate four sets of golf clubs or a full-size dog crate. Second-row sliding seats are standard across the 2020 Escape line-up.
The all-new Escape Hybrid packages its liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery smartly below the second-row seats rather than occupying a significant portion of the cargo area. The briefcase-shaped battery in the standard hybrid measures approximately one-third the size of the old Escape Hybrid battery.
Despite a slight drop in vehicle height and with the hybrid battery packaged below, the engineering team was able to increase headroom throughout. First- and second-row headroom, shoulder room and hip room all improve versus the current Escape.
New drive modes are among the new tech offerings. Modes are tailored for normal, eco, sport and slippery, plus snow and sand conditions. Other new available tech features include:
Heads-Up Display: Titanium models are available with an all-new heads-up display, a first-for-Ford in North America. The feature that projects information onto a 6-inch screen, giving drivers easy access to important information such as vehicle speed without taking their eyes off the road.
Driver Assistance: Class-exclusive driver-assist technologies include available Active Park Assist 2.0 and Evasive Steering Assist. Active Park Assist 2.0 allows the driver to park in a parallel or perpendicular spot with the touch of a button, without having to work the steering wheel, gear shifter, gas or brake pedal. Evasive Steering Assist detects a slower-moving or stationary vehicle ahead and provides steering support that can assist the driver to avoid an imminent collision.****
Ford Co-Pilot360: Escape comes standard with Ford Co-Pilot360™, and makes available other driver-assist features such as Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane-Centering.
FordPass Connect: is a standard feature that provides 4G LTE Wi-Fi for up to 10 mobile devices with compatible wireless subscription service. FordPass Connect also gives drivers remote access to their Escape, allowing them to use their smartphone to lock, unlock, locate and start the vehicle, as well as monitor key vehicle diagnostics.
Connectivity: Drivers and passengers can keep compatible mobile devices charged with an available wireless charging pad in the front center console. Also available are type A and type C USB charging ports as well as three 12-volt charging sockets.
Infotainment: An 8-inch touch screen – standard on SE models and above – shares information with the available 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster, which displays important vehicle information such as speedometer and fuel level. It uses 3D animated graphics to indicate the drive mode. Available SYNC® 3 is compatible with available features such as Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, Ford+Alexa and Waze navigation. For music lovers, Escape offers an available 575-watt 10-speaker B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen.
The new Escape launches this fall with the plug-in to follow in spring 2020.