The new 2020 Ford Escape has been revealed a week before New York Auto Show. This new crossover offers two gasoline engines, a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, along with hybrid and a plug-in hybrid variants.
The Escape will offer a 2.0-liter turbo-4 rated at 250 hp on premium fuel paired exclusively to all-wheel drive on the Escape Titanium. The Escape Titanium’s optional turbo-4 has the same horsepower rating as the Mazda CX-5 turbo.
Escape sheds more than 200 pounds from the current model, due in part to the extensive use of high-strength, lightweight steel throughout the skeleton. Ultra-high-strength steel 3D-rolled tubes run up each A-pillar and along the rooflines, and high-strength boron steel solidifies the subframe. Aluminum components, such as hood and suspension link arms, contribute to the lower weight.
The hybrid and plug-in hybrid battery packs don’t impact interior space. The Escape also features a sliding second-row bench seat. The Escape can be equipped with an 8.0-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, as well as a head-up display. The Sync 3 infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the Escape features a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot that can support up to 10 devices. The plug-in Escape’s battery can be charged from empty in about 3.5 hours on a 240-volt Level 2 charger.
Hybrid drivers also can get the most benefit from their hybrid engine and opt for any of four hybrid drive modes – Auto EV, EV Now, EV Later and EV Charge. In all-new EV Charge mode, drivers can continue to charge the hybrid battery while driving, but opt to save those electric-only miles for a later time.
Pricing will be announced at the launch. 2020 Explorer also scheduled to go on sale in the coming months.