The Blue Oval Brand is working on the brand-new Ford Escape and the model should hit the roads as the 2020 version. The current generation Escape has been around since 2013 and the all-new model will bring modern upgrades to keep model competitive in the fastest-growing, compact crossover SUV segment.
The new 2020 Ford Escape will come on the new platform and with the new Focus-inspired styling. The fourth-generation Escape should return the hybrid powertrain but this time the plug-in hybrid version while will offer turbocharged engines in the conventionally powered variants. The model will also get more modern interior and the production should continue in Louisville, Kentucky.
2020 Ford Escape: Design
The prototype version of the new generation 2020 Ford Escape was seen while testing and it seems that the new compact crossover SUV hides significant styling changes under the camo.
As the latest reports suggest and judging by the spy photos, the newest Escape should apply the similar styling language as the recent Focus which isn’t available in the US. The upcoming Escape seems to have a more pronounced nose with the new grille and headlights. The grille uses the mesh pattern instead of the current crossbar style and the headlights appear also to have sharper shape. The model has also the new vertically oriented driving lights.
The overall shape of the Escape looks familiar but with smoother body lines. The camouflage can’t also hide the beltline which seems rising faster toward the C pillar.
The rear should also borrow styling cues from the new Focus. The new taillights and sculpted tailgate will be in the combination with the new rear bumper.
On the top of that, Ford will use the new platform for the 2020 Escape. The model will be based on the small car architecture which underpins the latest Fiesta. The new Escape seems also to have a slightly larger body.
No details or spy photos of model’s interior yet. The larger body will provide an increase in the passenger and cargo space but we shouldn’t expect plenty of new room. Ford will offer the revised materials and trims combined with the latest infotainment system and advanced safety gear.
2020 Ford Escape: Powertrains
With the new platform and styling, the 2020 Ford Escape will also introduce the upgraded powertrains but most details are still unknown.
As the latest reports suggest, the new Escape will come with the 1.5-liter turbocharged engines as standard. This displacement used in the new Focus comes in either 140 and 180 hp configurations. The high-performance version will use a turbocharged 2.0-liter unit.
Ford will mix the engines with the 8-speed automatic transmission. Both front- and all-wheel drive will be available.
The new Escape should also appear with the plug-in hybrid powertrain sometime in the life cycle. Ford promised 24 hybrid and plug-in hybrid models in next few years.
2020 Ford Escape: Release, Price
The 2020 Ford Escape will likely debut in the first half of the year and go on sale later in the year. Closer to the market launch we will also know the price of the redesigned model.