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 Titanium 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.