The Ford Escape is a compact crossover SUV which is known as Ford Kuga for the European market. It has always been popular in its segment offering simple yet attractive styling, very good towing capacity, and a good range of technologies. It is sold in four trim levels which are all available with all-wheel drive system. Those are S, SE, SEL, and Titanium variants. The current version has added the new SEL trim which comes with leather upholstery, an 8-inch infotainment screen and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a power tailgate. The other trims have also been improved with more tech options. However, the newest version of this popular crossover has been spotted during its testing. And it will join the market as the 2020 Ford Escape model.
The 2020 Escape will represent the next generation model so it is going to bring many upgrades. We could notice from the instant that it will be underpinned with the new platform and it seems longer and wider than the current model. Because of the increase in size, we carmaker might offer it with the third row of seats which will be best suitable for children. Or, perhaps it might increase the cargo space instead. Furthermore, the newest Escape should finally get a plug-in hybrid engine alongside the traditional units.
2020 Ford Escape powertrain
Depending on a trim level, the 2020 Ford Escape should be available with several types of engines which are used in the current version. The base is a 2.5-liter inline-4 which is able to produce 168 hp and 170 pound-feet of torque. The front-wheel drive is standard and it works with a 6-speed automatic transmission. It gets 21/29 mpg. The SE and SEL versions use a 1.5-liter inline-4 turbocharged engine. This one has the output of 179 ponies and 177 lb-ft of torque. The front-wheel drive is standard while the AWD is optional. The AWD version is rated at 22/28 mpg.
The Titanium version is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-4 turbocharged engine which is capable of making 245 horses and 275 pound-feet of torque. The FWD version gets 21/28 mpg while with AWD it gets 20/27 mpg.
On the other hand, the brand-new Escape will also receive a plug-in hybrid powertrain under its hood. This engine will probably combine a 1.5-liter unit with 150 hp and an electric motor of 88 kWh. The total output of this unit should be up to 220 horsepower. As well, some sources say that it might get a new 8-speed automatic transmission.
Exterior and interior
The newest 2020 Ford Escape will be based on the new architecture which will make it much longer and wider than the previous generation. This will, of course, affect the interior space which will now be roomier than before. According to the latest news, the manufacturer could offer it with the third row of seats which will be best for the kids. Or the cargo space might be enlarged as well.
Release date and price of 2020 Ford Escape
The 2020 Ford Escape might be presented later this year or sometime at the beginning of 2019. The price is not yet revealed. However, we assume that it should be slightly higher than the price of the current model which starts at around $25,000.