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    Ford Introduces the 2020 Ford Escape

      ... heading to Escapeville...

    Ford unveiled the completely redesigned 2020 Ford Escape today ahead of its official showing at the New York Auto Show in two weeks.  Some of the biggest news about the Escape comes under the hood where 4 new powertrains debut. 

    The standard engine will be a 1.5 liter Ecoboost 3-cylinder that can run as a 2 cylinder during light load situations.  The engine is projected to produce 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque when fueled with premium gas. This is the first Ford engine with cylinder deactivation. The engine will be standard issue on S, SE, and SEL level trims. When properly equipped, the 1.5T will tow up to 2,000 lbs. 

    For those wanting more power, the Titanium trim will have a 250 horsepower, 275 lb-ft Ecoboost displacing 2.0 liters and coming standard with AWD. When running 93 octane, Ford says it will propel the Escape to 60 10% faster than the outgoing model. Towing for the 2.0T is maximum rated at 3,500 lbs. Both Ecoboost engines send power to the wheels via an 8-speed automatic.

    For the Eco-minded the hybrid returns to the Escape lineup after a 7 year absence, also joined by a plug-in variant.  The Plug-in uses an all new 2.5 liter 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle hybrid engine paired with a CVT.  The combined output of the hybrid is rated at 198 horsepower and is capable of 85 mph in electric only mode. The hybrid will be available only on the SE Sport and Titanium trim.

    The Plug-in hybrid will be available on SE, SEL, and Titanium trims. It will have an electric only range of 30 miles. Level 1 and Level 2 charging are available. Level 1 110 volt outlet takes 10 to 11 hours for a full charge from empty, switching to level 2 cuts that time to about 3.5 hours. Total system power increases over the standard hybrid to 209 horsepower, but will not be available with All-wheel drive. 

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    • Auto EV mode - the vehicle decides whether to run on gasoline or electric power.
    • EV Now Mode - the vehicle operates on all-electric drive.
    • EV Later Mode - the vehicle operates on gasoline power to conserve electric miles for later
    • EV Charge Mode - the vehicle operates on gasoline and recharges the battery for later EV only mode.

    Helping on the efficiency front, Ford designers made the most aerodynamic Escape ever.  They made a more sloped roofline and strake, an efficient underbody, and an optimized liftgate spoiler. Overall, the 2020 Escape is 200lbs lighter than its predecessor.  The new Escape is longer, lower, and wider than the outgoing model. The two ecoboost engines boast a range of 400 miles per tank, while the standard hybrid with FWD aims for a range of 550 miles. 

    Inside, Ford engineers optimized space to increase headroom and cargo capacity.  With the second row in the fully forward position, the rear cargo area can accommodate 4 golf bags or a full size dog crate. 

    On the safety front, the Escape comes with Ford Co-Pilot 360 standard.  Other technologies like Adaptive Cruise and Lane-Centering are available.  Passengers are entertained via an 8-inch touch screen standard on SE and above. The gauge cluster is a 12.3 inch all digital system that uses 3D animated graphic to indicate drive mode. 

    The 2020 Ford Escape will reach dealers in the fall with the Plug-in Hybrid variant due in Spring 2020. 

    We will have more of the 2020 Ford Escape from the New York Auto Show on April 17th.

     

     

    Source: Ford Media



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    Shame about the PHEV being FWD only... I was all excited this might be a possibility for Albert.   

    Otherwise, it looks like a pretty impressive entry in the market.  One thing it really has going for it over the CR-V is the number of powertrain options.  CR-V is 1.5T and CVT only. 

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    Looks way too feminine for myself but that's also it's target audience.. Not like the outgoing model was masculine or anything though. 

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    Nice looking CUV, reminds me of every other CUV out there, so not really a stand apart cuv.

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    30 EV miles is a little weak. 35-40 just feel a little better but the difference wouldn't sway me with my commute, regardless. 

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    13 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    Nice looking CUV, reminds me of every other CUV out there, so not really a stand apart cuv.

    I fell like if you blanked out the grille, it might be a Tesla.

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    So this will be their mainstream volume model, and the Baby Bronco will be the more stylish off-road looking variant. Probably a good strategy given Escape sales numbers. 

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    The interior looks much improved. I had a ‘16 rental a couple years ago and the the center stack was all angled forward and hard to reach controls without leaning forward.  

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    5 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    The front looks kind of like a Tesla.  But more boring.

    Looks better than the Model Y up front..Teslas have that bland blank face...at least the Escape has a grille. 

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    Yes I was trying to think why the front end looked familiar then thought of the old 3 and Miata.  Interior looks more mainstream/generic, sort of new Altima.  Would like to see what the power and mpg numbers for regular gas is since this is an economy car, as well as the cargo numbers when they become available.

     

     

     

     

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    14 minutes ago, frogger said:

    Yes I was trying to think why the front end looked familiar then thought of the old 3 and Miata.  Interior looks more mainstream/generic, sort of new Altima.  Would like to see what the power and mpg numbers for regular gas is since this is an economy car, as well as the cargo numbers when they become available.

    I agree with @Drew Dowdell that I can totally see this as a Tesla model on top of the Mazda look. The CUVs in this segment have just become so bland.

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    Would like to see the SE Sport with the 2.0t optional.  Still... not for me... I am itching to see the Maverick and the Courier.

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    ^^^ just noticed that, other articles saying the base motor is a 3 cylinder........ engines keep getting decontented......

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    2 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    I'm not so sure about a 3 cylinder as a base engine even if it has 180hp.

    3-cylinder might become pretty common in the next 5 years on vehicles under $30k. 

    It would be nice if the Turbo 4 was an option on another trim, other than just Titanium.  It should be optional on SEL at least.  

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    now that I've been able to digest this for bit....

    This is surprisingly decent compared to the possibility of what I thought it may look like from spy photos.  Memo, spy photos never tell the full story.

    Maybe you can accuse it of looking KIa-ish or like a cheap Porsche.  But Ford has changed the really successful look of the Escape significantly and the net result is it still should be very popular.  And it doesn't look clumsy like the Equinox does these days.  It's decidedly soft looking but yet its attractive.  It is starting to look more like a raised car than an SUV/trucklet.

    They fixed the interior, and they appear to have put a boatload of room in the back seat.  At least as much as was in the Fusion...the Fusion did not have efficient back seat space.  It will be a testament to the times if they replace a big sedan with a 3 cylinder hatchback and the hatchback has more room in the back.  New dash layout is like other new Fords we've seen the last few months.  Simple and basic and in this case its all it needs to be.  And its nicer to look at then some of the stupid dashes in the CRV and RAV4 etc.

    3 cylinder base motor.  This is also new territory but this is definitely the class of vehicle to try it with.  "BUt BMW does it" so it must be ok.  I did drive the 1.0 litre Focus 3 once, and I don't remember much about it, but 3 cylinders or 4, it better meet minimum standards for smoothness.

    So this now fully replaces the car so it had better perform as one.  For my money it would seem a 2.0 would be needed for a road car.  Sucks to have to go top trim level for that.  That is GM bush league stuff. 

    Note the full complement of safety equipment standard.  And GM wonders why it lost 7% sales last quarter.

    Rather surprised, Ford is down to Mustang, Edge, Escape, Explorer, F-150.... the Flex goes bye soon, Taurus is already bye, Fusion goes bye, the Transit is niche.  Ranger, is a dud, I'm sorry i sat in it at auto show, call Ford and tell them its not 2007 anymore.  Ford is really putting all their eggs in a very models now.  This new Escape will sell huge, no doubt, but Ford keeps cutting its product line......

    Ford should rake in huge cash with the new Escape and Explorer hitting the market almost at the same time.

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    I think Hyundai and Kia have some good styling mojo going right now.  I can see this Escape getting passed over for some of the other offerings.  The crossover market is so flooded, wouldn’t surprise me if the 4 companies that stick with sedans make money because there is no competition.

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    Maybe I just like the older Escapes...

    This one looks like a station wagon!  Not sure I like that... It reminds me of the CX-5 (which I do like), but I feel the Ford should be more all purpose, not just a fancy wagon! Even the Nox looks more truckly than this......

    Used to be a big fan of the Escape....not any more. Might change a bit when I see it. Otherwise, a Rav 4 or CRV simply look like better choices....

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    Yeah I still like the first and second design.  But with this new one, I need to remember, there is something else coming from Ford... we've already seen it in stolen screen shots from a dealer meeting.

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    2 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    Yeah I still like the first and second design.  But with this new one, I need to remember, there is something else coming from Ford... we've already seen it in stolen screen shots from a dealer meeting.

    Besides the Baby Bronco, they also have the Fiesta-based Puma CUV coming..slotting between the EcoSport and Escape..don't know if the US is going to get it or not, though. 

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    15 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    I'm not so sure about a 3 cylinder as a base engine even if it has 180hp.

    I thought that's what I read elsewhere but here you originally had 4 cylinder cutting down to 3 here, right? Or did I just completely misread that? 

    I also think it's an odd choice.. That thing will be in boost 100% of the time moving around a 3500lb vehicle. 

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    For those disappointed that the 2.0T is only available in top trim. Keep this in mind, in 2013 when the current gen first came out the 2.0T was only available in Titanium trims as well then either the next year or two years later they made it available in lower SE or SEL trims. I wouldn't doubt if they did the same this time around as well. 

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    8 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    I thought that's what I read elsewhere but here you originally had 4 cylinder cutting down to 3 here, right? Or did I just completely misread that? 

    I also think it's an odd choice.. That thing will be in boost 100% of the time moving around a 3500lb vehicle. 

    I fixed my mistake.

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      The story of the G80 begins with the brand’s emblem which inspires the Crest Grille and Quad Lamps, the distinctive face of every Genesis.
      “The all-new G80 is the centerpiece of our lineup perfectly weighing athletic and elegant characteristics. This represents the clearest interpretation yet of the Genesis brand identity,” said SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Genesis Design. “Our goal is to offer unique, design-inspired experiences for our customers.”
      The brand’s “Athletic Elegance” design philosophy produces variations in design through a carefully-considered balance between its namesake’s opposing characteristics. While other Genesis models lean more towards athleticism or elegance, the G80 is characterized by the perfect balance in between, as the core of the model range.
      The front view embodies a distinguished but modern look, featuring the Crest Grill and double-lined Quad Lamp signature design elements. The two line graphics extend beyond the limits of the headlamps, into the rear fenders and the taillamps, encompassing all sides of the vehicle.
      On the side, the Parabolic Line, which begins at the front Quad Lamp and gradually runs lower to the rear through the top of the door, is inspired by the elegant look of several venerable classic cars. This elegant line is counter-balanced by athletic “power lines” emphasizing the fender volume and the upfitted 20-inch wheels. In addition, the chrome trim beginning from behind the front wheels stretches out along the bottom of the door, crosses the side sills and swells upwards to the rear, strengthening forward visual motion.
      The rear view features a dramatic, tapered look – highlighted by a sloping decklid and rear Quad Lamps which visually link to those in front. Chrome decor at the top of the trunk stretches the full-width repeating the theme of the Genesis emblem, while the dual exhaust finishers reference the Crest Grill design.
      The Luxury of Space
      The interior design of the G80 responds to the changing times where dominance of technology and information is no longer considered a luxury experience. Based on the "Beauty of White Space” concept inspired by traditional Korean architecture, priority is placed on the careful balance of personal space with state-of-the-art technology. This allowed the design team to optimize the layout of needed controls with calming, luxurious surfaces.
      Visibility was enhanced by minimizing A-pillar thickness and rearview mirror dimensions, utilizing flag type side mirrors and reducing dashboard height. The resulting ‘panoramic view’ gives the driver a relaxed view of the road ahead and the sense of openness when seated.
      Dividing the steering wheel into lower and upper halves, Genesis distinguishes the upper (panoramic area) and lower part (control area) to optimize intuitive use of the vehicle as well as the view ahead.
      The steering wheel and sleek, thin air vents run across the passenger compartment splitting it into the panoramic area above and the control area below. The number of hard buttons and switches was intentionally kept to a minimum, both for aesthetic purposes and ease of use.
      In the panoramic area, a heads-up display, a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a 14.5-inch infotainment system display necessary information while driving.
      The control area is equipped with an intuitive suite of interfaces: a Genesis integrated controller for HVAC controls, a rotary-operated electronic shift dial and touch-and-write infotainment system.
      G80’s leading interior space has been further developed. Both headroom and legroom were increased by lowering the seating height of the second row, allowing for both more interior room and a more dramatic roofline. Completing the space, the G80 features leather seating and steering wheel surfaces, soft-touch fabrics and coatings as well as open pore wood trim finishes.
      Dynamic Luxury Begins with a Solid Foundation, Powertrain Innovations
      The G80's platform represents a brand-exclusive, third-generation, rear-wheel drive platform with a design that lowers the body and the center of gravity to secure a wider cabin and improved driving stability.
      “The all-new G80 brings all the existing strengths from the previous generations all the while upgrading the powertrain, platform and communication system with the state-of the art technologies,” said Albert Biermann, President, Head of Research & Development Division at Hyundai Motor Group. “It is a true, authentic Genesis.”
      The use of lighter weight materials was a distinct focus. Aluminum is used for about 19 percent of the body, reducing the weight by 110 kg (243 lbs) compared to the previous one, thus increasing fuel efficiency and performance.
      Engineered for world markets and customer needs, the G80 features three powertrains:
      2.5-liter turbocharged Inline-4: 304 PS (300 HP @ 5,800 rpm) and 43.0 kgf·m torque (311 lb.-ft. from 1,650 – 4,000 rpm) 3.5-liter turbocharged V6: 380 PS (375 HP @ 5,800 rpm) and 54.0 kgf·m torque (391 lb.-ft. from 1,300 – 4,500 rpm) Diesel 2.2-liter Inline-4: 210 PS, 45.0 kgf·m torque. (Not available in the U.S. market) The G80 features improved door sealing, new engine compartment sound insulation and resonant sound-reducing wheels to ensure indoor quietness and class-leading, low levels of noise (NVH). In addition, the Electronically Controlled Suspension with Road Preview, enhances ride quality by reducing road impacts using information supplied through the front camera.
      Advanced Safety
      In keeping with the brand’s safety platform, G80 applies standard active and passive safety systems, as part of a brand-level engineering commitment to passenger security. State-of-the-art, advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) include:
      Highway Driving Assist II (HDA II): This system helps assist the driver in a wider variety of situations than before, including during lane change maneuvers when the turn signal is used, and when others merge in front of you. Smart Cruise Control with Machine Learning (SCC-ML): A world first, SCC-ML, as applied to the all-new Genesis GV80 SUV earlier this year, incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) within the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) feature that helps the car to independently learn the driving characteristics of - and assist - its driver. Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA): This system may help automatically bring the G80 to a stop in certain situations where there is a risk of collision with an approaching vehicle detected on the left or right side of the intersection. G80 may also help detect potential collision risks in certain situations where a pedestrian is sensed in close proximity to the vehicle while in motion, for example. Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA): BCA is essentially a Blind Spot Monitor with active capabilities. BCA helps reduce the chance of potential impact with a moving vehicle and may alert the driver if a vehicle is detected in the driver’s blind-spot A complement of 10 air bags includes front and side airbags as well as a center airbag, between the front seat occupants, that helps prevent secondary contact between occupants in a side impact.
      In addition, the Genesis safety platform works to integrate communications between 40+ controllers in real time to help ensure the safest response in various scenarios.
      Next-Generation, Technology-Enabled Luxury
      The G80 offers a high level of convenience to drivers with a suite of new technology. Each new feature is focused on further and seamlessly integrating the G80 with its client’s lifestyle, devices and preferences. A selection of highlighted features include:
      The Remote Smart Parking Assistant (RSPA) provides remote drive/reverse functions that facilitate parking in narrow spaces, as well as perpendicular parking and parallel parking. This can be controlled within the car or outside, remotely via the key fob. The 12.3-inch 3D instrument cluster recognizes the driver's eyes and provides various driving information and can be converted to 2D depending on the driver's preference. The Genesis Integrated Controller allows users to set destinations or enter phone numbers by simply writing on the main control center instead of complicated keyboard input. A 14.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system links with the Genesis Integrated Controller to support Genesis Quick Guide and Valet mode. Valet mode is a function that enhances security so that users' personal information does not appear on infotainment screens when using a Valet parking service. Over-the-air, wireless updates to the navigation system. Phone connectivity including Android Auto and Apple Car Play. With an eye toward the senses, luxury-focused items include:
      The driver's seat is equipped with an ergo motion seat function featuring seven air cells which enables optimum seating for each driving mode and reduces fatigue via a stretching mode and automatic posture correction functions. Ambient mood lamps applied throughout the interior add a sense of calm to the passenger space in various colors. From a sound standpoint, Genesis has enhanced the engine's sound with its Active Sound Design (ASD), standard on all G80s equipped with gasoline engines, adding an additional level of customization. The Lexicon sound system allows passengers to enjoy the vivid sound effects of a concert, such as "Quantum Logic Surround Audience Mode/Stage Mode," adding to the joy of listening. The first row HVAC system allows the driver to adjust the heated/ventilated seats in the second row and the air conditioning mode/temperature independently of the first row, increasing the convenience for second row passengers. Marketplace
      The all-new G80 enters the marketplace on March 30th in South Korea and in the second half of the year in other markets, starting with North America.
    • By William Maley
      The redesigned Corolla Hatchback brought back something that was missing in the Corolla for a number of years; being somewhat interesting. With more expressive styling and a new platform that improves driving dynamics, the model has started to shed its image of being bland. But would this continue with the redesigned Corolla sedan? To find out, I spent a week in the top-line Corolla XSE.
      The basic profile is unchanged from the previous Corolla sedan, but Toyota has done their best to make look a bit more exciting. On the XSE, this means a different front clip from other Corollas with the emblem moved to towards the cutline of the hood, a larger lower grille, and deep cuts for the bumper. The distinctive fang headlights are carried over from other Corollas. Around back, not much has changed aside from a new rear diffuser. The updated look does make the Corolla sedan have presence, but I prefer the hatchback in terms of overall looks. One item that is shared between the sedan and hatchback is the dashboard. As I noted in my Corolla Hatchback review, the dash features a layered design, faux stitching, and infotainment screen mounted on top - measuring either seven or eight inches depending on the trim. I like that Toyota is taking chances with the design, but also retaining the excellent ergonomics it’s  known for. My particular tester came with the larger eight-inch featuring the newest version of Entune. While I wish Toyota had done more to make the interface look more modern and feature colors that weren’t various shades of grey. But I cannot deny Toyota builds a system that anyone can quickly grasp thanks to the simple interface design, physical shortcut buttons to various features, and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Those with Android smartphones are left out in the cold. Those sitting up front will have no complaints about space, seat adjustment, or comfort. In the back, legroom is about average for the class. But headroom for taller passengers comes up a bit short, especially when you have the optional moonroof. Three powertrains are available in the Corolla; a 1.8L four in the L, LE, and XLE; 2.0L four for the SE and XSE; and a hybrid for the LE Hybrid.  The 2.0L produces 169 horsepower and 151 pound-feet. The XSE only gets a CVT transmission, while the SE has the choice between the CVT and a six-speed manual. Performance is the same as with the Corolla SE I drove last year; decent around town and leaving stoplights, but really struggles when trying to get to higher speeds. A fair amount of engine noise does make it way inside when driving on the highway. EPA fuel economy figures for the Corolla XSE are 31 City/38 City/34 Highway - lower than the Corolla SE hatchback (32/41/35). My average for the week landed around 33.4 mpg on a 60/40 mix of highway and city driving. Handling is an improvement over the old Corolla as it feels slightly more lively with better control of body motions. But it cannot match the nimbleness of the hatchback. This likely comes down to the Corolla Hatchback being sold in the European market where a sportier ride is desired. The sedan sold in the U.S. is more attuned to providing a smooth ride. The Corolla XSE for the most part is able to smooth over most bumps and imperfections, but the 18-inch wheels does mean some bumps do make their way inside. Road and wind noise is kept to acceptable levels. There is one area that the Corolla XSE falters, value for money. With an as-tested price of $28,794, that puts you in the range of a well-equipped Mazda3 that not only offers more power, but has an interior that the Corolla cannot match. For only a couple grand less, a Kia Forte EX offers more equipment and a slightly larger back seat. Toyota has improved the Corolla sedan to a point where most of the blandness doesn’t exist. I would have liked to seen Toyota take some of the handling magic used on the hatchback and place it into the sedan. But Toyota knows most buyers don’t really care about this. By taking the strengths and wrapping it up in a package that stands out, it will mean more people may check out the Corolla. But I would recommend sticking with one of the lower trims as they offer a slightly better bang your for your buck. Disclaimer: Toyota Provided the Corolla, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2020
      Make: Toyota
      Model: Corolla
      Trim: XSE
      Engine: 2.0L DOHC 16-Valve, Dual VVT-i
      Driveline: Front-Wheel Drive, CVT
      Horsepower @ RPM: 169 @ 6,600
      Torque @ RPM: 151 @ 4,400
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 31/38/34
      Curb Weight: 3,150 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Toyota, Aichi, Japan
      Base Price: $25,450
      As Tested Price: $28,794 (Includes $930.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and JBL w/Clari-Fi - $1,715.00
      Adaptive Front Lighting System - $450.00
      Cargo Mat Package - $249.00

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