2020 Ford Escape To Have Three Engines, Including A Three-Cylinder

Ford and Lincoln have been tight-lipped about the 2020 Escape and Corsair, but VIN decorder documents have spilled an assortment of new details.

First noticed by The Truth About Cars and confirmed by Carscoops, the documents reveal both models will be built at the Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky. This isn’t too surprising as the plant builds the current Escape and Lincoln MKC.

More interesting is the revelation that the Escape will be offered with three different powertrains. The entry-level unit is a 1.5-liter three-cylinder that will replace the 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder which has 179 hp (133 kW / 181 PS) and 177 lb-ft (240 Nm) of torque.

Customers will also be able to order a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine which apparently produces 237 hp (177 kW / 240 PS). This means it would be slightly less powerful than the current 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine which is rated at 245 hp (183 kW / 248 PS) and 275 lb-ft (372 Nm) of torque.

Lastly, the 2020 Escape will offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain which uses a 2.5-liter engine. Sadly, there’s no word on performance specifications or range at this point.

The Escape will be offered in four different trims called S, SE, SEL and Titanium. All can be equipped with an optional all-wheel drive system, but the plug-in hybrid variant is only available in SE, SEL and Titanium trims.

Unsurprisingly, the 2020 Lincoln Corsair will offer a similar engine lineup. However, the luxury-oriented model eschews the three-cylinder engine for a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder developing 237 hp (177 kW / 240 PS). Buyers will also be able to order a plug-in hybrid variant with a 2.5-liter engine as well as a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder cranking out 275 hp (205 kW / 279 PS).

The Corsair will be offered in Base and Signature trims with front- and all-wheel drive. The plug-in hybrid model gets its own trim and is offered exclusively with all-wheel drive.

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  • gbmike25

    “2020 Ford Escape To Have Three Engines”… Where will they fit them all…. Seems a bit excessive 🙂

  • Zandit75

    A refreshing amount of glass there Ford, well done!!

  • Merc1

    It looks pretty good even all wrapped up.


  • PhilMcGraw

    The 3 cylinder engine really didn’t perform that much better in fuel economy than the larger 4 cylinder when they offered it in the Fiesta. I think it only got like 2 mpg better on the highway.

    I don’t understand why they wouldn’t pair the 3 cylinder with a hybrid engine. It would end up offering similar gas mileage and possibly more torque for better acceleration and have better fuel economy.

    • MarketAndChurch

      Maybe they’re going after a more performance-oriented route, rather than an eco one.

    • Lance Corporal

      I was wondering the exact same thing.

  • isn’t the Escape the Kuga in Europe? On a Design note… Like a lot of Fords… This looks like a stupid fish.

    • Zandit75

      Yes – Escape = Kuga

  • EM1

    Sadly the more expensive Lincoln version will end up having a lower resale value as compared to the less expensive Ford model.

  • JTL2017

    Have we seen any interior shots of the corsair yet?

    • :/ Yurr

      It’s basically gonna look like the new Ford Focus interior.

  • rover10

    The instrument panel is 100% new Focus, which shows Ford is keeping unnecessary investment down. I was hoping for a more edgy body as soft lines are slipping out of fashion. The current model is in fact more on trend than this all new car? In recent years there has been a resurgence in Kuga sales due in part, to the more timeless crisp body styling? I would expect the European Kuga to have a more aggressive ST-Line body kit.

  • charlotteharry57

    That 3-cylinder base engine is a deal-killer for me. Equinox, forward ho!

  • performante

    Ford: Haphazardly mimics Kia/Hyundai design

  • Harry_Wild

    The 2020 Lincoln Corsair is suppose to be a mini Aviator in styling! If true, I will buy it with the 2.3L engine!

  • Matthew Raworth

    Ford has lots it’s individuality. They just keep rolling out generic looking cars that already look 5 years old. They need to get some kind of originality back.


    GM and Ford are both garbage from the same motor city. Tesla is the only american brand i would give pros to.

    • 1942Larry

      Tesla will soon go the way of Packard and Studebaker.

  • Loren Forslund

    During the mid 80’s the V-6 powered vehicles were out doing the I-4 engines, so now Ford is showing a 3-Banger. Too many people are losing track of how many BTU’s are needed to move something down the road. A V-6 loafing, an I-4 working harder or a 3-Banger working it’s nuts off will use the same amount of fuel. We found that out with class 8 trucks also. The 11 liter engine was supposed to use less fuel than the 13 liter power plant. In reality there is very little fuel economy difference, but the smaller engine’s life expectancy is shorter because it is working harder.

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