2020 Ford Escape: this is it!

All-new Ford Escape is here with two hybrid versions

Ford has officially unveiled the 2020 Escape which gets two hybrid guises, a sliding second row of seats and Ford Co-Pilot360 driver-assist technology.

Now, the hybrid part. The new 2020 Ford Escape can be had as both a standard hybrid or plug-in hybrid.

The standard hybrid mixes a new 2.5-liter engine working in the Atkinson cycle mated to an electronic CVT sending power to the front wheels. Combined system output is 198 hp and Ford says that in this setup, the Escape can reach a top speed of 85 mph in pure-electric mode.

As far as the plug-in hybrid Escape is concerned, it is said to run at least 30 miles in pure-electric mode, with charging times of around 3.5 hours when connected to a 240-volt Level 2 outlet. What’s more, the driver can use the car via one of the few available modes - Auto EV,  EV Now, EV Later or EV Charge.

The other available engines are a 2-liter EcoBoost making 250 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque joined in the range by a 1.5-liter EcoBoost good for 180 hp and 177 lb-ft.

New for the 2020 Escape is a sliding system for the second row of seats. Ford explains:

“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 Blue Oval also says the 2020 Escape is the smartest of its kin ever. The SUV packs the likes of FordPass Connect, Co-Pilot360, SYNC 3 (optional), an 8-inch multimedia display and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster joined by a 6-inch HUD.

The new 2020 Ford Escape range is split into the following trim levels: S, SE, SE Sport, SEL and Titanium.

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