Ford’s All-new 2020 Escape Hybrid – Welcome Back!

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] The most anticipated Ford launch in a good long time!

    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – May 19, 2019

    2020 Ford Escape Hybrid

    It’s Back and It’s Better Than Ever!!! :) :) :)

    Ford is about to do something we have wished for almost a decade. That is, it is finally bringing back the Escape Hybrid and an all-new Plug-in Hybrid variant to round out its latest SUV/CUV offerings ranging from the compact Eco-Sport to the range topping and soon to be available 2020 Explorer Hybrid. Between 2004 and 2012, 114,000 Escape Hybrids were sold. Many to members here today!

    The two all-new hybrids; a standard hybrid and a plug-in hybrid is targeting best-in-class EPA-estimated range of more than 550 miles and a pure-electric range of 30+ miles respectively.

    The Escape debuted as the world’s first hybrid SUV in 2005 and will be brought back to the lineup with the latest driver assist technologies including on and off-road drive modes plus on-board connectivity and the very latest infotainment.

    2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Exterior

    A shield-shaped trapezoidal grille was massaged right from the Mustang while the lower front fascia was pulled from the award-winning Super Car, the GT. And like any new generation offering, the all-new Escape is lower, wider and longer with a more steeply raked roofline, aero tuned rear spoiler and strake, and underbody panels yielding the most aerodynamic Escape ever produced.

    With an all-new chassis and body design, the Escape lost more than 200 pounds from the current model thank to the use of higher-strength steels and aluminum in the hood and suspension components.

    2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Platinum Interior


    2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Drivetrains

    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,

    The SE Sport and Titanium trimmed Escapes arrive with Ford’s fourth-gen hybrid

    System including an all-new heavily atkinsonized 2.5L I4 is mated to an electronic continuously variable transmission similar to Toyota’s hybrid system providing 198 combined HP. The FWD hybrid has a top speed of 85 mph in electric-only mode.

    The plug-in hybrid variant, available on every trim level except S and SE Sport, projects a best-in-class EPA-estimated range of at least 30 miles in electric-only mode. Escape Plug-In Hybrid will include a std. Level 1 (120V household plug) / Level 2 AC (240V) 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 time drops to 3.5 hours.

    The all-new Escape Hybrid includes an all-new liquid-cooled Li-Ion battery located below the second-row seats. The battery in the standard hybrid is just one-third the size of the old Escape Hybrid battery! Unfortunately, the traction battery location excludes the non-hybrids sliding second row seat function.

    The Hybrid features four EV modes including Auto EV, the vehicle decides whether to run on gas or electric power, EV Now, all-electric with sufficient State of Charge (SOC) for short distances, EV Later mode, only gas-powered driving to conserve electric miles, and EV Charge where drivers can refill the pack while driving.

    There are structural limitations on the std. Hybrid with these modes but not the Plug-in Hybrid.

    2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Features

    Titanium trim Escapes will include an all-new heads-up display that projects information onto a 6-inch screen in the lower front windscreen. I have never found HUDs to be particularly useful but some may?

    The all-new Escape comes standard with Ford Co-Pilot360 plus other optional driver-assist features including Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane-Centering.

    Evasive Steering Assist, a new driver assist function from Ford, detects a slower-moving or stationary vehicle ahead and provides steering support that can assist the driver to avoid an imminent collision.

    FordPass Connect is a standard feature that provides 4G LTE Wi-Fi for up to 10 mobile devices with compatible wireless subscription service. Something most will forego as their smartphones offer at least 5-connections as a Wi-Fi Hot Spot. 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.

    Drivers and passengers can keep compatible mobile devices charged with an available wireless Qi 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.

    An 8-inch touch screen – standard on SE models and above – shares information with the available 12.3-inch all-digital and customizable instrument cluster with 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.

    2020 Ford Escape Hybrid

    Where did you want to go today? Ford has an answer for that.​

    The all-new Escape Hybrid, available in SE and Titanium trims, will be built at the brands Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky. Vehicles are due to reach showrooms this fall.

    The Plug-in hybrid Escapes are due to arrive in showrooms in the Spring of 2020.
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  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    A short competitive comparison in case anyone is interested...

    The three vehicles in this segment I would expect people to cross shop would be the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid, 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, and 2019 Subaru Crosstrek PHEV-17. I would emphasize the Escape PHEV-30+ but its full specs are not out yet and it will not be available for almost a year.

    Let us consider the Wheelbases, Passenger and Cargo Volumes behind the second row, and weight.

    2020 Ford Escape Hybrid: 106.7 in -- 104.0/30.7 (cu. ft.) -- 3,554/3,706 FWD/AWD (lbs)
    2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: 105.9 in -- 98.9/37.6 (cu. ft.) -- 3,755 AWD (lbs)
    2019 Subaru Crosstrek PHEV-17: 104.9 in -- 100.7/15.9 (cu. ft.) -- 3,726 AWD (lbs)

    The 2020 Ford Escape PHEV-30+ is going to lose some of its 30.7 cu. ft. cargo volume when they place the larger Li-Ion beneath the cargo floor.

    EPA for the Escape is still not published but with a 550 mile expected range from the published 14.2 gallon tank, this yields a possible 39 mpgUS combined rating vs the RAV4 Hybrids 41/38/40 mpgUS and Subaru Crosstrek PHEV-17s 36/35/35 mpgUS city/highway/combined ratings. The Crosstrek PHEV in Hybrid only mode of course.

    The 2019 Kia Niro HEV/PHEV is also a contender if on-road activities were the only consideration.

    2019 Kia Niro HEV: 106.3 in. -- 100.9/19.4 (cu. ft.) -- 3,199 lbs and its sky high 51/46/49 mpgUS city/highway/combined rating.

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  3. Carcus

    Carcus Well-Known Member

    Curious to know the ground clearance (probably the same from 2019 -- 7.9"?) and the towing capacity of the PHEV (1750# would be nice*),...

    /a 39 mpg(?) PHEV30 isn't going to burn much gas, .. probably 100 to 300 gal/year for most people -- less than 25% of what the same "standard 24 mpg version" of this vehicle would use in 2018.
    // we'll see on the future pricing (vehicle and gasoline), .. but the 2020 Escape could very well have payback for the phev30 upgrade in under 5 years of operating costs
    /// remember the Saturn Vue PHEV??(what the Volt was supposed to be) -- so Ford is finally finishing the job for GM -- only 13 years later

    *edit -- "The Escape with a 1.5-liter engine can tow up to 2,000 pounds when properly equipped; those with the 2.0-liter model can tow up to 3,500 pounds. The hybrids are limited to 1,500 pounds."
    Last edited: May 20, 2019
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  4. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    I think the Niro would work best for me because I dig the lighter weight and don't need AWD. That 30.7 cu ft of cargo space is impressive, though, for the Ford. Rear seat down cargo specs are of more interest to me. Any EPA mileage figures are immediately suspect for it, of course. It has that history.
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  5. OT7

    OT7 Member

    2020MY Escape vs. 2019MY Escape - MSRP Price Comparison

    • 2019MY Escape S FWD - MSRP $24,105
    • 2020MY Escape S FWD - MSRP $24,885
    • 2020MY Escape S 4WD - MSRP $26,385 (New Model)
    • 2019MY Escape SE FWD - MSRP $26,500
    • 2020MY Escape SE FWD - MSRP $27,095
    • 2019MY Escape SE AWD - MSRP $28,000
    • 2020MY Escape SE AWD - MSRP $28,595
    • 2020MY Escape SE Sport FWD - MSRP $28,255 (New Model) Hybrid
    • 2020MY Escape SE Sport AWD - MSRP $29,755 (New Model) Hybrid
    • 2019MY Escape SEL FWD - MSRP $28,445
    • 2020MY Escape SEL FWD - MSRP $29,255
    • 2019MY Escape SEL AWD - MSRP $29,945
    • 2020MY Escape SEL AWD - MSRP $30,755 (301A)
    • 2020MY Escape SEL AWD - MSRP $33,040 (2.0L w/301A)
    • 2019MY Escape Titanium FWD - MSRP $32,620
    • 2020MY Escape Titanium FWD - MSRP $33,402 (Hybrid 400A)
    • 2019MY Escape Titanium AWD - MSRP $34,120
    • 2020MY Escape Titanium AWD - MSRP $34,900 (Hybrid 400A)
    • 2020MY Escape Titanium AWD - MSRP $36,685 (401A)
    All 2020MY Escape Models - Destination & Delivery = $1,095
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  6. Trollbait

    Trollbait Well-Known Member

    Read elsewhere that the hybrid has a 1500# tow rating; it has less system power than the Rav4.
    The PHEV may not lose cargo space, but may be FWD only.
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  7. 08EscapeHybrid

    08EscapeHybrid Moderator

    I want one so bad, but being the cheap SOB I am, I want one 3 years old for 1/2 the price of a new one like my old FEH. I haven't bought a replacement for the FEH yet, but I doubt I can daily drive my pickup and Grandpa's car for 3 years waiting.
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  8. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    My favorite part besides the possible 39 mpgUS combined rating is it is one hell of a nice looking compact SUV. Ford's best SUV offering in history imho. The car like front end and gently massaged C-Pillar with the thicker chrome DLO chrome trim at the rear is a more upscale than any of the floating roof designs on new Nissan and Toyota's which I am also a fan of. The rear spoiler and rear window rake actually looks sexy to me.

    2020 Ford Escape Hybrid


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  9. OT7

    OT7 Member

    EPA numbers
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  10. Trollbait

    Trollbait Well-Known Member

    Let's hope Ford isn't stretching with those.
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