The Escape has been completely redesigned for 2020, and will see a hybrid powertrain return to the lineup for the first time since 2012. A plug-in hybrid will also be available later on, and is expected sometime in spring 2020.
The traditional hybrid model will use a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine with two electric motors. Total system output will be 198 horsepower. The system will be paired with standard front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available. When the plug-in hybrid debuts, it’ll be available with front-drive only.
The new Escape will feature a sliding second-row seat, which allows the ability to adjust for more passenger or cargo space, depending on the need. Available features will include an 8-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. A head-up display will also be available. The Escape will get Ford’s Co-Pilot360 suite of advanced driver assistance systems as standard, including forward-collision warnings, autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, lane keep assist, a rearview camera, and auto high-beam headlights.
The Escape competes against mainstays like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Nissan Rogue. We don’t yet have pricing details, but the 2020 Escape should hit dealers’ lots in fall 2019.
2.5-liter Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)