The next generation Ford Escape has been spied for the first time in its new “suit”. Some earlier testing vehicles were in form of a mule, so we were not able to see what’s happening. On the other hand, this one shows practically everything we need to know about the 2020 Ford Escape.
The successor will most likely keep its footprint unchanged. New exterior design is a totally new story, though. There are notably fewer edges across the body, while the front end hosts completely new styling cues. Actually, the overall design largely mirrors the Blue Oval’s Focus Active that’s not available in North America. SUV’s new nose is paired with a mesh grille and aggressive headlights, while the rear hatch sports more dynamic lines and thus cuts-down cargo space. Also, the prototype features extended taillights and flatter tailgate.
There will be at least three drivetrain options when the redesigned crossover becomes available. The entry-point new-gen Escape will be paired with a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine. More upscale models will probably use a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the automaker intends to introduce a plug-in hybrid powertrain as well. The electrified SUV will reportedly be able to travel without any help of its internal consumption engine around 30 miles. Also, the PHEV option will be connected to an all-wheel-drive system only. Other two, on the other hand, will have FWD and AWD options, yet they will strictly be paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission.
Ford will introduce some big changes inside as well. The 2020 Ford Escape will get an updated infotainment system that’s going to be fitted with a larger touchscreen. In addition, they will offer more standard safety kit, as well as better advanced driver assistance functions.
The 2020 Escape will make its official debut late this year, but the automaker will not offer the redesigned crossover before early 2020. The entry-point model will probably keep the price close to the current one.