Ford's 2020 Escape adds new engines as it enters its fourth generation.
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Ford's 2020 Escape adds new engines as it enters its fourth generation.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2020 Escape will enter its fourth generation with new hybrid powertrains, flexible cargo space, and new safety technology with a goal of remaining one of the leading compact SUVs adopted by commercial fleets.

The 2020 Escape adds not one, but two, hybrid powertrains, including gasoline-electric and plug-in models. The standard hybrid should provide a range of more than 550 miles, while the plug-in hybrid should achieve an all-electric range of more than 30 miles.

The Escape is the latest Ford model to get the Co-Pilot360 driver-assist technology bundle that includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Cargo space expands to 37.5 cubic inches with the rear seats in place.

Ford is reintroducing a standard hybrid Escape, which it once produced before discontinuing it in 2012. The new model will offer a 2.5-liter gasoline engine that can provide 40 miles per gallon in combined driving cycles.

The Escape will also offer a new 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 180 horsepower and a plug-in hybrid that provides about 50% better range than the outgoing Fusion Energi plug-in sedan.

A 2.0-liter 250-hp turbocharged four-cylinder is the fourth engine that's available in top-trim models. It's a carryover engine that's been updated to provider greater power output.

The engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers power to a front-wheel or all-wheel drivetrain.

Ford will debut the 2020 Escape at the New York auto show later this month. It will go on sale in the fall.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet

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