2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Titanium is a strong addition to Ford’s vitally important Escape model range.
With the elimination of passenger cars except for Mustang, Ford has become an SUV and truck company. With the new strategy and model portfolio, the compact SUV, Escape has become crucially important. A Ford buyer who used to drive a Focus is expected to switch to an Escape now. At least this is Ford’s expectation.
With so much responsibility on its shoulders, the current Escape family must meet multiple expectations across the customer profiles. Offering new powertrain options is a smart way to expand the Escape’s customer base. Until now, Toyota’s RAV 4 Hybrid was the only real option in this segment. Hybrid cars are transitional models that deserve more attention. Despite all the buzz and media coverage, widespread adoption of fully-electric vehicles is still a work of the not-so-close future. Even plug-in-hybrid vehicles are not always practical considering the current infrastructure. Hybrid vehicles combine the advantages of the proven and more than century-old ICE technology boosted by electric power and use current fuel-based infrastructure. The next decade or so may even belong to them.
2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Titanium: Engine and powertrain
Powering the Escape Hybrid is a naturally aspirated 2.5-L 4-cylinder gasoline engine that runs on the Atkinson cycle for efficiency. It’s hooked up to two electric motors and a planetary gear set that provides additional torque output and also controls the gear ratios, acting much like a CVT but without its drawbacks. The system delivers a combined 198 horsepower.
A thin 1.1 kWh battery pack is smartly placed under the floor and doesn’t intrude into the cabin or cargo area. It provides electric-only operation at low speeds up to 135 km/h, as the vehicle drives more in the congested, stop-and-go city traffic.
The Escape Hybrid comes standard with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and an 8-inch infotainment screen. The Sync-3 infotainment system is easy to use and comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard. To me, the nicest feature of the cluster was the trip summary readout. It is like a scorecard that leads and motivates you to drive more economically and fully exploit hybrid features.
2020 Ford Escape Hybrid titanium: Driving Impressions
Despite the additional weight of roughly 70 kg, The Escape Hybrid delivers sufficient power for daily driving situations. It is not as quick as the torquey 2-litre Ecoboost we tested a couple of months ago. You can read this review through the link below:
After two, approximately 40-kilometre (of each) long trips I checked my scorecard and was pleasantly impressed: I averaged around 6 litres per 100 while driving about half of this distance electric power only. Ford released the official fuel-consumption as 5.4l for city and 6.3l for the highway which looks very realistic. As we speak about an AWD-equipped SUV, these figures are very impressive too.
For pricing and equipment of our tester, please see the window sticker below:
2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Titanium: Conclusion
The Escape was the world’s first hybrid SUV and a successful product for Ford until it was sadly and weirdly dropped in 2012. Ford made a wise choice by relaunching the hybrid version of the third-generation Escape. The Escape is Ford’s second important model after the F-150. Adding a hybrid option to the Escape family can only strengthen Ford’s competitive position.
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Article and photos by Varol McKars