The 2020 Ford Escape has been revealed overnight complete with a new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant.
According to the press release, the Escape PHEV will use a 2.5-litre Atkinson Cycle petrol engine paired with an electric motor and 14.4kWh battery pack to drive the front wheels. In total, the system should produce 165kW of power and offer an electric driving range of approximately 50km.
Although specifics for our market haven’t been confirmed, Ford claims the battery can be fully charged in as little as 3.5 hours.
Drivers can choose when and how to maximise battery power with four driving modes: EV Auto, EV Now, EV Later and EV Charge modes.
The new Escape is the second model – after the Focus – built on Ford’s new C2 platform. The benefits of the new architecture include a 10 per cent increase in torsional rigidity and a 90kg weight reduction when compared to the predecessor.
Dimensionally, the Escape is 89mm longer, 44mm wider and 20mm shorter with an extra 20mm added to the wheelbase. The result of this growth is an extra 43mm of shoulder room, 57mm more hip room and 13mm of addition headroom for those up front. Rear passengers get 20mm more shoulder room and 36mm more hip room.
While on the interior, the second-row seats now slide to allow owners to increase legroom or boot space. There’s also a remote release function to fold the second row flat.
The new Ford Escape range is due to arrive in Australia next year, specifications and pricing will be announced closer to the launch date.
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