Kind of disappointed that they just put in a larger battery and called it a day (yes, they redesigned the platform so it fits the battery pack more efficiently, but my point is about the drivetrain).
14.4 kWh battery that charges in 3.5 hours is about a 4.1 kWh charge rate on average, which is in between either a usual 3.3 kW or a 6.6 kW L2 charger found in most PHEVs (unless I'm wrong about this?). I'm guessing 14.4 kWh is the total capacity of the pack; they're probably taking 15-20% off the top as a buffer, since you don't want to drain/charge up Li-ions completely all the time. So 14.4 - 20% = 11.52 kWh remaining. Charging that in 3.5 hours yields a 3.29 kWh charge rate, which means they didn't increase the charger capacity/speed at all for this generation. Maybe not an issue for those who can charge overnight, but it'd be nice to hit 6+ kW at public chargers.
Next, the eCVT seems to mostly work as a series hybrid in our car... which, ugh. Not very efficient at all when in hybrid/EV Later mode at low speeds, and there's a small window at highway speeds that it seems to be fine at - but you have to game it by toggling between modes or doing @rbort's methods of driving (which is something my significant other has no interest in doing).
At least they're liquid cooling the battery pack this time.
I might be talking out of my rear here about things - please feel free to correct me :)
Doesn't sound like you are too far off. Though the one minor nitpick correction I'd make is ours are technically parallel hybrids. Serial is where the engine is only generating power and the traction motor is using that to solely move the car. This is how the Volt works in most modes as well as the i3 Rex.
But yeah, the charging rate sounds like it is still stuck at 3.3kw and potentially the eCVT is the same if not simply an upgraded version of those in the C-Max and Fusion. I'm definitely going to wait for more info to come out as there's very little in the way of technnical substance yet but definitely doesn't sound much different from the C-Max or Fusion, just crammed into the Escape and actually marketed giving the current push for more xEVs.
Personally I'm not too bothered by the charge rate or existing parallel hybrid configuration. If it is indeed just a C-Max powertrain thrown in the Escape with a bigger, liquid cooled battery, I would not be terribly disappointed. Could be better, sure. But it would definitely be a contender for a future purchase if I was still looking at PHEVs.
The one thing I am really curious about is how the heating system is handled with the PHEV model. I'm kinda hoping they go a heat pump or other source that isn't our current main coolant loop solution. I know why they did that with the Energi's as it greatly simplifies the build but it is far from efficient. However IF they decide to do something like the Outlander with no electric heating source and relying solely on the engine, then that would be a deal breaker for sure.
But ultimately we're still without a lot of useful technical info and in the grand scheme of things we have just a tiny fraction of useful information given it was just announced. I'll be patiently waiting for more to come out as we get closer to Spring 2020.