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2020 Escape...will it be flat-towable?

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Had a customer this evening that said he heard that the 2020 Escape will be flat-towable? Any knowledge of this?

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1 hour ago, fuzzymoomoo said:

I'm sure pretty much anything is flat towable if properly done 

The first gen Escapes were flat-towable. 2013-up are not.

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I wonder if it's the hybrid drive train that flat tows? C-Max does, with a daily start, and it's the same layout. 

Frank

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1 hour ago, mpcmotorsports said:

The first gen Escapes were flat-towable. 2013-up are not.

Why? What’s so different about them that makes it incompatible? 

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7 hours ago, fuzzymoomoo said:

Why? What’s so different about them that makes it incompatible? 

Transmission.

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9 hours ago, mpcmotorsports said:

The first gen Escapes were flat-towable. 2013-up are not.

It’s been a while, but wasn’t it also a matter of FWD v AWD on the first gen?

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It’s been a really long time but I believe the 2001-2008 with the cd4e trans was not flat tow capable without adding an auxiliary pump to circulate fluid to keep trans cool. (Technically it was listed as a non flat tow vehicle) 

The 2009-2012 2wd  6f35 was allegedly flat tow capable but it still cooked the trans by foaming the fluid. They made several revisions on the procedure but still cooked them. Adding a auxiliary pump was still necessary to safely tow it. Then ford said the hell with it and the 6f35 is not flat tow capable. One fun fact the 2wd 5sp was flat tow capable in any year it was available. 

 

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2 hours ago, fordtech1 said:

One fun fact the 2wd 5sp was flat tow capable in any year it was available. 

That right there is a unicorn. I searched for one of those for a long time but gave up and bought my Focus instead. 

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4 minutes ago, fuzzymoomoo said:

That right there is a unicorn. I searched for one of those for a long time but gave up and bought my Focus instead. 

...and kicked yourself ever since.

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33 minutes ago, twintornados said:

...and kicked yourself ever since.

Only since about 2012 when my former credit union totally took advantage of me and put me into a loan of questionable legality. It wasn't until last year when I finally was able to refinance and found out it was questionably legal. Oh well, at least I no longer have a lien on my title. I just can't afford to replace it at the moment. 

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Can anyone answer the OP's initial question - will the 2020 hybrid or PHEV (FWD or AWD) be flat towable?

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I don't think that has been announced. 

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