With the refined interior, sporty handling and very good tech features, the Ford Escape takes one of the highest places in the compact SUV class. It stands between smaller EcoSport and the larger Edge, Explorer and Expedition SUVs. The 2017 model year has received a mild refresh and so upcoming 2018 Escape should mainly stay unchanged except some small upgrades which we will mention later. However, the newest version has been spotted during its testing in Michigan so we are soon hoping to see the newest 2019 Ford Escape.
The Ford Escape is generally versatile and handsome crossover SUV which comes in several flavors. It offers three types of engines under its hood and it has the towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds which is its segment is pretty good. Its styling is simple but it could also be more sophisticated especially in the higher trims. As well, it offers decent cargo room and inside the cabin, we can expect plenty of modern equipment.
The 2018 model year will arrive with the same styling as the previous 2017 model. However, the 2018 Escape will arrive with a new trim level this time called SEL model. This new version will add leather seats, larger touchscreen compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. As well, the familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four will be now available in the Titanium version also.
So, the all-new 2019 Ford Escape should also arrive very similar to the 2018 model but of course, it is going to bring some significant upgrades. First of all, the new Ford Escape will be offered with the new hybrid engine for the first time. As well, it is expected to arrive with slightly larger dimensions which mean more comfort and a roomier cabin. And, it will feature slightly revised front fascia.
It should be available in the same trims as before which include S, SE, SEL and Titanium trim, but there will also be the newest hybrid version. The main rivals of the new Escape will include Toyota RAV4, Kia Sportage, Nissan Rogue, Honda CR-V and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.
2019 Ford Escape engines and performances
The 2019 Ford Escape should be powered by the same engines as the current model and there should be some novelties too. There should be three engines under its hood, but also the newest hybrid engine. So, the base unit will be a 2.5-liter inline-4 which is able to develop 168 horses and 170 pound-feet of torque. The next is a 1.5-liter turbo-4. This one is able to develop 179 hp and the torque of 177 pound-feet. The most powerful unit in the offer is going to be a 2.0-liter turbo-4 which has the output of 245 horses. All the engines will pair with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The front-wheel drive is standard while the all-wheel-drive configuration will be available also.
As for the fuel economy, the base engine gets 21/29/24 mpg with FWD. The second option is rated at 22/28/24 mpg with the all-wheel drive while with the front-wheel drive it is estimated to be 23/30/26 mpg. And the last one gets 21/28/24/ mpg with FWD while with AWD, it is rated at 20 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg combined. Furthermore, the newest 2019 Ford Escape will also get a hybrid powertrain under its hood but exact output or any other details are still not available.
Design of exterior and interior
The 2019 Ford Escape should inherit the similar design of its predecessor which is handsome and attractive. However, this time, the new Escape should be slightly larger than the current model and it is expected to receive some adjustments on the front fascia particularly.
The interior of the new 2019 Ford Escape will be sufficiently spacious for all the passengers to enjoy the ride. However, the seats are a bit firm and upholstered in cloth, in the base trim. The cargo space is decent offering the space of 34 cubic feet. However, if you fold down the rear seats, you get the room of 68 cubic feet.
As for the equipment, the base model comes with a rearview camera, air conditioning, 17-inch wheels, an AM/FM/CD player with six speakers, a 4.2-inch center screen, and Ford’s Sync infotainment system. The SE trim adds dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a power driver seats etc. The SEL model comes with larger 8.0-inch touchscreen, rear parking sensors and leather seats. The Titanium model will add rear park assist, HD system, Sony audio system with 12 speakers, blind-spot monitors and so on.
Release date and price
The 2019 Ford Escape should go on sale sometime in the middle of 2018. Speaking of the price, we assume that is should be slightly higher of the current model.