Ford has finally officially reintroduced the 2020 Escape hybrid for the first time since the second-generation Escape hybrid ended its production in 2012. The Ford Escape hybrid is a pioneer of gas-electric-powered crossover with the first-generation model until its second gen. Now not only will the new hybrid version arrive in the United States, but more than that, the fourth-gen 2020 Ford Escape will also come with a plug-in hybrid variant with an electric mileage range of up to 30 miles plus it gets a bigger battery now.
Looking further at the technical spec, the 2020 Ford Escape has adopted the same powertrain for its hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. It’s powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine paired to two electric motors. Both the new Escape hybrid and Escape plug-in hybrid can run the Atkinson cycle which is claimed to be far more efficient than the previous generation models. While the two electric motors are backed by a larger lithium-ion battery pack mounted under the floor of the car.
2020 Ford Escape Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Specs
The new Ford Escape now has a 1.1 kWh and 14.4 kWh lithium-ion battery, each for a hybrid and plug-in hybrid version. But the biggest advantage is the plug-in hybrid version, since it’s equipped with a 14.4 kWh lithium-ion battery. While the combined power for the new Escape hybrid reaches 198 horsepower, followed by the plug-in hybrid version which is rated at 209 horsepower (a combination of an electric motor with a gasoline engine).
Some other important components include the planetary gearset which serves as a CVT (Continuously Variable Automatic Transmission) in the upcoming Escape. It allows two power sources including an electric motor and a gasoline engine, as well as can make a gear-ratio shifting. Ford offers the 2020 Escape hybrid with a standard front-wheel drive configuration, while all-wheel drive is only available as an optional on the hybrid version.
Furthermore, the plug-in hybrid version of the new Escape is offered with a front-wheel drive configuration as standard. Unfortunately, the 2020 Escape hybrid with its all-wheel drive system is only equipped with a traditional mechanical prop shaft in order to send power to the rear wheels. It’s different from some Escape hybrid competitors who have adopted an all-wheel drive system with a separate electric motor, which functions to send power to the rear wheels.
MPG Fuel Economy Rating
The MPG-estimated fuel economy rating for the 2020 Ford Escape hybrid and plug-in hybrid has not been announced. However, the front-wheel-drive Escape hybrid is expected to return around 38 mpg combined, considering that it’s equipped with a 14.2-gallon fuel tank and driving range of up to 550 miles. So, it should be able to compete with the Nissan Rogue hybrid which is rated at 33–34 mpg combined, and Toyota RAV4 hybrid with 40 mpg combined. Of course, both hybrid and plug-in hybrid models will have two separate MPGe fuel economy ratings.
There are four choices of driving mode for the 2020 Escape plug-in hybrid that has different functions, including EV Now, EV Later, EV Charge, and Auto EV. If this crossover runs in EV Now mode, the gasoline engine will be turned off and the car will run in all-electric mode. While the EV Later mode will make the car run with a gasoline engine in order to save battery life. Next is the EV Charge mode, where the Escape plug-in hybrid will run on the gasoline engine in order to recharge the battery. The Auto EV mode will automatically decide which power source to use, whether it’s a gasoline engine or an electric motor.
Release Date and Price
Now let’s talk about the estimated release date, the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid is set to reach the U.S. showroom this fall along with the new non-hybrid Escape crossover. Meanwhile, the all-new fourth-generation Escape plug-in hybrid will go on sale in spring 2020. The official pricing details have not been announced at this time, both for the hybrid model as well as a plug-in hybrid. However, the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid is expected to go on sale at a price of around $27,000 or in other words it’s $2,000 more expensive than the base Escape model (non-hybrid). While the new Escape plug-in-hybrid version is likely to be priced at around $30,000, which means it’s much more expensive than the hybrid model.