The 2020 Ford Escape was revealed a couple months ago, but fuel economy numbers are still a mystery. That said, the mystery is getting solved in a piecemeal fashion thanks to a Ford hybrid event earlier this week.
According to AutoBlog the Blue Oval hosted several members of the media to review the company’s hybrid powertrains. During the event Ford’s Manager of Advanced Electrified Powertrain Systems, Daniel Kok, was asked what the fuel economy would be on the 2020 Escape Hybrid. His response was indirect, saying the Escape Hybrid’s fuel economy will be about 50 percent better than today’s 1.5-liter EcoBoost Escape.
The current Escape has a combined rating of 26 mpg. Doing the math, Kok’s comment would imply the 2020 Escape Hybrid will have a combined rating of 39 mpg. This figure would put the Escape in line with its primary competitors, such as the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, which has a combined rating of 40 mpg.
Ford is leveraging a new Atkinson cycle 2.5-liter four-cylinder to serve as the gas engine in the Escape Hybrid. Since this will be the first application of the redesigned engine, it’s tough to triangulate the Escape Hybrid’s fuel economy without an official comment from Ford (such as the above).
Customers aiming to own the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid can do so later this year. Those wanting the all-new Escape Plug-in Hybrid will have to wait until next spring. Pricing for both electrified variants will be announced closer to launch.