Coming in 2020, the new Ford Escape SUV brings a highly-efficient hybrid model to one of Australia’s most popular segments. The Escape will be the first electrified Ford model offered in Australia, further enhanced by a larger cabin and distinctive style.
Under the hood, power is split between a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle petrol engine, electric motor and generator, and 14.4kWh lithium-ion battery capable of producing 165kW.
The Ford Escape’s PHEV battery can be recharged using an integrated charging port and is automatically replenished on the move using regenerative charging technology that captures kinetic energy typically lost during braking. The fully-electric driving range is expected to exceed 50 kilometres.
Drivers can choose when and how to deploy battery power. When the battery reaches its lowest state-of-charge, the system automatically reverts to EV Auto mode – supplementing petrol engine power with electric motor assistance to optimise fuel-efficiency.
The streamlined exterior improves aerodynamics and incorporates a longer wheelbase for increased stability. The bonnet is longer, the rear windshield angle is further reclined, and the roofline is lowered. Ford says this creates a more energetic, agile and capable appearance.
The longer wheelbase enables a roomier, more comfortable interior with additional cargo space. The new Escape also posts a significant weight reduction of up to 90kg against over the existing model which brings improved driving dynamics though handling and responsiveness.
In addition to premium paint finishes, unique light signatures and model-specific alloy wheels, a range of detailing options bring personalisation options to every Escape. From the images, we also detected that the upcoming SUV has a heads up display and speakers tuned by Bang & Olufsen.
Further specification and Australian-market details including pricing will be announced closer to the all-new Ford Escape’s launch in 2020.