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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.
  • 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.

 

 


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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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A bit on the boring side but it'll sell.

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

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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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Also looks a bit smiley like the old Mazda 3

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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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