First it was the Lincoln Corsair, now details surrounding the 2020 Ford Escape have leaked out by way to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). The documents show some changes to the Escape’s engine lineup, including the addition of two hybrid variants.
One of the most notable changes includes Ford’s 1.3-liter “Dragon” three-cylinder as the new base engine in the Escape, replacing today’s 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. Power output details for this engine were not on the leaked document, but it will serve as the base engine option on the Escape S.
Moving on up will be the 2.0-liter EcoBoost, which is found in today’s Escape and the 2020 Corsair. This engine will produce 237 horsepower according to the document, which is a decrease from today’s 245 horsepower. This engine will continue to be the most premium option for Escape buyers.
On the hybrid side of things, Escape will apparently offer two hybrid options. The first will be a normal hybrid, while the second will be a plug-in hybrid. Both iterations will be powered by Ford’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which powers the Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi, so the engine choice comes as little surprise.
The NHTSA documents also confirm Escape’s trim levels will be unchanged, offering S, SE, SEL and Titanium options. The hybrid variants will only be offered in SE, SEL and Titanium trims though.