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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