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2020 Ford Escape Hybrid: A greener small SUV

A hybrid drivetrain returns for the new fourth-generation Ford Escape offering 200 horsepower and an estimated driving range of more than 550 miles.

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After not having one during its third-generation run, the new 2020 Ford Escape will launch with not just one but two hybrid offerings.   

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Initially, a mild hybrid will be available that uses a 2.5-liter Atkinson Cycle four-cylinder engine and an 88-kilowatt electric motor. 

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Together the hybrid drivetrain produces a net system output of 200 horsepower.  

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The Escape Hybrid sends power to the wheels through a continuously variable transmission. 

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Front-wheel-drive is standard on the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid. All-wheel-drive is available as an option for an additional $1,500. 

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Ford says it's targeting an EPA-estimated driving range of more than 550 miles for the Escape Hybrid with front-wheel drive.

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Powering the electric motor is a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack that's a third of the size of the previous Escape Hybrids.

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The smaller battery pack is placed beneath the floor under the rear seats to not take up precious cargo space. 

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On the tech front, all 2020 Escape Hybrids come with a Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen capable of running Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Wi-Fi hotspot. 

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The 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid starts at $28,255, not including $1,195 for destination.

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