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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. 

    Both hybrid models feature 4 EV modes that allow the driver to adjust drive settings to the most suitable for conditions and needs.

    • Auto EV mode - the vehicle decides whether to run on gasoline or electric power.
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    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.

     

     

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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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    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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    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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    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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      “Santa Cruz, with its bold styling, breaks open all new segment territory, both for Hyundai and the industry as a whole. Open-bed flexibility coupled with closed-cabin security meets the changing everyday needs of its adventure-oriented buyers, while powerful and efficient engines and superb maneuverability ensure it is a pleasure to drive in urban or off-road environments. Our customers will wonder just how they managed before owning one,” said Jose Munoz, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America.
      Why Santa Cruz?
      Santa Cruz was developed to be the ultimate Sport Adventure Vehicle, a moniker confirmed in Hyundai’s early consumer research. The research found consumers, often living in urban environments, whose lifestyles include the need to escape to weekend adventures of all kinds. Many of these customers carry various gear and equipment that is better suited to an open bed rather than a typical SUV bodystyle. These buyers want versatile transportation that is equally flexible for urban, adventure, occupational or even home improvement gear. Santa Cruz features a secure, open bed area which includes a lockable tonneau cover, hidden bed storage and versatile bed extension accessories. At the same time, these customers still value the secure utility of a compact SUV, with its comfort, passenger space, fuel efficiency and parking ease. Santa Cruz, with its unique, bold design, created an entirely new segment that meets these specific buyer needs like no vehicle before it.
      Everything about Santa Cruz reflects a duality of purpose in its design execution. This all-new category-bending vehicle holds a variety of imagery in balanced juxtaposition:
      Urban life connectivity with escape to outdoor adventure Work and play flexibility Tough yet alluring demeanor Roominess with maneuverability Open cargo area and secured, lockable storage Towing capability and fuel efficiency The forward view of Santa Cruz deploys a hidden lighting signature that becomes visible within the grille only when illuminated. The daytime running lamps (DRLs) present a parametric jewel design with high-tech precision detailing. A bold, cascading grille anchors the front view, supported by a skid plate element in the lower front fascia. Voluminous hood and fenders further communicate an imposing first impression.
      In profile, Santa Cruz signals a sporty yet capable spirit. The A- and C-pillars present faster forward and rearward rakes than typical open-bed utility vehicles. Large 20-inch alloy wheels with a multi-faceted, triangular design are surrounded by armor-like wheel arches, conveying both wheel-articulation potential and off-road capability. Powerful body side volumes contrast with precise triangular sheer-edged surfaces and tight radius character lines.
      From the rear, a horizontal “T” lighting signature adds visual width and distinguishes Santa Cruz from anything on the road. The functional rear open bed area features secure, lockable in-bed storage, integrated corner bumper steps and a lockable tonneau cover, seamlessly integrated with the overall design. The rear tail lamps are embossed with: “Designed in California” as a testament to the passion of Hyundai’s California-based design team. Small, discrete design details such as this can be found throughout the exterior and interior.
      Interior Design
      The interior of the Santa Cruz expresses a sophisticated and refined appearance. The contrasting rugged yet refined motif matches the boldness of the exterior, boasting a technical ambience that appeals to those who appreciate cutting-edge technologies in their daily lives. It features an enveloping dual-cockpit design that encapsulates each passenger. Design teams focused on ease of ingress and egress and ergonomic comfort on long drives. The premium center stack display features an edgeless infotainment screen appearance, with an impressive 10 inches of visibility. The optional center digital cluster display also measures 10 inches. Under the rear seats is convenient, in-cabin storage. Completing the premium ambience is an available Bose® audio system.
      Powerful and Efficient Powertrains
      Santa Cruz offers two powerful, flexible and efficient powertrains. The standard powertrain is a 2.5L direct-injected in-line four-cylinder engine with an estimated 190+ horsepower and 180+ lb.-ft. of torque. This engine couples to an eight-speed hydraulic automatic transmission for quick acceleration and superb efficiency. Santa Cruz also offers a 2.5L direct-injected turbocharged engine with an estimated 275+ horsepower and 310+ lb.-ft. of torque linked to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT). This DCT includes steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for manual shifting control by the driver.
      Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission
      The eight-speed transmission for the standard 2.5-liter engine provides quick and crisp shifts for an engaging and efficient driving experience. This automatic transmission adds ratio range at both the top and bottom of output speeds allowing for extra thrust off-the-line and a quieter, more fuel-efficient trip on the interstate. A multi-disc and individually controlled hydraulic channel torque converter improves responsiveness by expanding the direct connection band, while a downsized oil pump and double ball bearings minimize frictional losses.
      Advanced HTRAC® AWD and Towing Capability
      Both 2.5L four-cylinder and 2.5L four-cylinder turbo models offer HTRAC® all-wheel drive capability for complete confidence when pursuing adventures of all kinds or for that extra peace of mind when driving in an unexpected snowfall. The HTRAC AWD system was developed as a multi-mode system, providing an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles. The Sport setting gives a more agile feel by sending more torque to the rear wheels, for a sporty, dynamic experience. This system has a wide range of torque distribution variability, tuned for conditions such as straight-line acceleration, medium- and high-speed cornering, and hill starts. For those customers who like to tow their weekend gear with them, the 2.5L 4-cylinder is rated at 3,500 lbs. for towing and the 2.5L Turbo AWD model boasts a generous 5,000 lbs. of towing capability.
      Compact Dimensions Yield Superb Maneuverability
      Santa Cruz makes efficient use of its compact dimensions by offering high utility with excellent maneuverability. Its shorter wheelbase and smaller overall footprint make it a joy to maneuver and park in challenging urban parking, with an exceptional curb-to-curb turning radius of only 20.0 feet.
      Specification (in.)
      Santa Cruz
      Tacoma
      Ridgeline
      Frontier
      Length
      195.7
      212.2
      210.0
      205.5
      Width
      75.0
      75.2
      78.5
      72.8
      Height
      66.7
      70.7
      70.3
      70.1
      Wheelbase
      118.3
      127.4
      125.2
      126.0
      Bed Length
      Upper 48.4
      Lower 52.1
      60.4
      63.6
      59.4
      Footprint Area
      (sq. ft.)
      101.9
      109.7
      114.6
      103.9
                         
      Responsive and Refined Chassis Tuning
      Santa Cruz was developed with a focus on enhanced driving dynamics and responsive performance for a wide variety of urban and off-road, multi-surface driving conditions. The shorter wheelbase, short overhangs and wide track create a planted stance that results in exceptional agility in urban environments. These specifications also provide confident agility when traversing off-road terrain. Available 20-inch alloy wheels with wide, all-season, all-terrain tires give surefooted, agile handling character on a variety of road surfaces. Available 18-inch wheels with more voluminous tire sidewalls for off-road adventures are also available.

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