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2020 Ford Escape Comes Into Focus

2020 Ford Escape Comes Into Focus

The redesigned 2020 Ford Escape has been revealed. All-new from the platform up, this generation of Ford Escape is taking on an evolved role within the Ford showroom, highlighted by a more car-like design and a host of new features.

All previous iterations of the Escape have been fairly conventional looking SUV’s, but that isn’t the case this time. Ford designers have crafted an Escape that is lower, wider and longer than the outgoing model. It’s effective a high-riding hatchback design, indicative of the new role this vehicle is going to play in the Ford showroom of the future; a showroom that has no sedans in it.

The new car-like design was supposedly inspired by Ford performance cars. It’s new, bold grille is inspired by the Mustang, while the lower front end borrows cues from the Ford GT.

Ford is claiming the 2020 Escape is going to offer class-leading second row legroom and cargo room, a plausible assumption given it is longer than the outgoing model. Additionally, the second row seat is now sliding, allowing for passengers to position to seat to their personal liking.

The 2020 Escape will also offer four different powertrain options. There will be two gas engines and two hybrid options. The base gas engine will be Ford’s all-new 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder with 180 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque using 93 octane fuel. This is also the first Ford engine to offer cylinder deactivation technology in North America.

Escape Titanium will be available with Ford’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, good for 250 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque using 93 octane fuel. Ford claims the new 2.0-liter Escape is going to be faster than today’s version.

Both engines will be paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

SE Sport and Titanium models come standard with Ford’s fourth-generation hybrid propulsion system, which includes an all-new 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle hybrid engine and electronic continuously variable transmission. The front-wheel-drive hybrid model is projected to produce a combined system horsepower of 198, and a top speed of 85 mph in electric-only mode.

The plug-in hybrid variant, available on every trim level except S and SE Sport, projects a best-in-class EPA-estimated range of at least 30 miles in electric-only mode. Escape Plug-In Hybrid has a Level 1 / Level 2 AC charging port. Using a 110-volt Level 1 charge, the estimated time to fully charge the battery is 10 to 11 hours. Using a 240-volt Level 2 charge, charge time drops to roughly 3.5 hours.

Unsurprisingly Ford is stacking on new technology features to the 2020 Escape. It will be the first Ford product in the U.S. to offer a heads-up display system. Escape will also get the latest iteration of Ford’s Active Park Assist functionality and its CoPilot-360 suite of active safety features.

The 2020 Escape is also the first Ford product to offer the company’s 12.3-inch gauge cluster display, which displays important vehicle information such as speedometer and fuel level. It uses 3D animated graphics to indicate the drive mode. Infotainment information will be displayed on an 8-inch touchscreen running Ford SYNC3 software, while USB Type A and Type C ports will be found for use.

The all-new Ford Escape will arrive in showroom in late 2019. It’s new car-like appearance isn’t just because Ford is killing its sedan lineup; the company says the Escape will chase after city dwellers while an all-new “baby Bronco” will take on the rugged utility look.


About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. Tone
    Ford should take this two-CUV approach to its logical conclusion. The Escape should get a ST version, with a 300+ hp 2.3T and a performance tuned AWD -- a poor-man's Porche Macan. The 'baby-Bronco' should get a baby-Raptor treatment, with the same engine 2.3T as my proposed ST, but a more high-speed, off-road suspension.
    Looks more like a Tesla than a GT or Mustang
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