Powerful Powertrains and Hybrid Options for 2020 Ford Escape

If you’re shopping at Capitol City Ford for a new 2020 Ford Escape, you have quite a bit of variety to choose from. Not only does the 2020 version of this popular compact SUV have several trim levels and options, but it also has four engine configurations, including two with hybrid technology. Here’s a closer look at what each of these offers, so you can make an informed choice. Stop by Capitol City Ford in Indianapolis to feel the power in these powertrains for yourself with a test drive of one of our 2020 Ford Escape vehicles.

1.5L EcoBoost® Engine

The first of your options is the 1.5L EcoBoost® engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This is an inline three-cylinder engine rated at 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. This engine features Auto Start-Stop Technology, which is designed to lower fuel use in city driving by shutting off the engine when you come to a full stop. The moment you accelerate or take your foot off the brake pedal, the engine revs to life and is ready to hit the road. This powertrain comes standard on the S, SE, and SEL trim levels.  

2.0L EcoBoost® with Transmission Upgrade

The next engine option in the Ford Escape lineup is the 2.0L EcoBoost engine with SelectShift®. This engine also features the Auto Start-Stop Technology, but the SelectShift transmission adds the option to switch between an automatic transmission and a manual. The 2.0-liter engine, available in the Ford Escape Titanium trim level, produces 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque.

Hybrid Powertrain Option

For the first time since 2012, the 2020 Ford Escape now has a new hybrid powertrain. This engine, which comes standard on the SE Sport and Titanium trim levels, features a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine. The engine generates 198 horsepower. This powertrain has an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission paired with an 88 kW electric motor. The SUV’s redesign puts the battery outside of the vehicle so it does not take up valuable cargo space, and it shrank the battery size to make the hybrid more manageable. The Ford Escape Hybrid comes standard with front-wheel drive but has the option for all-wheel drive if desired.

Plug-In Hybrid Option     

Later in 2020, Ford will debut a plug-in hybrid model for the Ford Escape, the first time it has offered this option. With a Level 1/Level 2 AC charging port, the plug-in hybrid is easy to charge, no matter where you go. The expected, but not verified, electric-only range for the plug-in hybrid is at least 30 miles, according to EPA estimates. Plus, the new powertrain is expected to have a top speed of 85 MPH when in electric mode. This design does require a larger battery pack, leaving no room for rear-wheel drive, so it will be a front-wheel drive-only vehicle.   

With the debut of new plug-in hybrid tech, a smaller hybrid battery and two gas-powered powertrains, the Ford Escape has much to offer. The best way to choose the right model for yourself is with a test drive. Visit Capitol City Ford in Indianapolis for a test drive, or schedule one online today.

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