Ford’s mid-term plans involve as much electricity as it is possible, so it’s not any surprise at all that the prototype of the next-generation Escape hosts an electric motor somewhere under the skin.
In contrast to earlier occasions, the new crossover has been spied inside this time, and that’s exactly where we figured out the “green side” of the new Escape. Just look closer the interior image of the new crossover and you will realize that the cockpit hosts a kilowatt gauge.
The cue, however, doesn’t reveal what’s going to turn the wheels of the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid or PHEV. No, this stays a big secret for now.
On the other hand, we know already the nature of the gasoline model. The entry-level new-gen Escape will come together with a 1.5l three-cylinder unit that develops 180 hp and 200 pound-feet of torque. The starter will use either 8- or 9-speed auto gearbox that will send power to front wheels only. The more potent crossover will be hooked up to a 2.0-liter EcoBoost unit with 260 horsepower and as much pound-feet. By getting the option, you will be able to choose between front and all-wheel drive system.
The spy shots are definitely the most revealing so far, so we have a pretty good idea of what’s going on with the design of the 2020 Ford Escape. The carmaker will make the exterior more attractive thanks to the Active wagon philosophy. This way, the SUV will get a happy smile in the front😁, as well as additionally sloped roofline around back. Inside, Blue Oval comes with a significant amount of new technology and with fewer buttons. The tablet-like infotainment dominates the center stack. Of course, Ford will introduce certain styling changes inside of the compact crossover, while the totally redesigned Escape should deliver more space, especially for the rear-seat arrangement, thanks to additional inches in length.
The 2020 Ford Escape will make its official debut this spring, most probably at the 2019 New York Auto Show. Meaning, the crossover will become available in dealerships this fall.