The 4th generation of Ford’s popular compact crossover. Yes, Ford has actually upgraded the Escape simply two times in 18 years. The blocky 2001 Escape made a lot of buddies practically quickly, and a 2008 redesign on the very same platform kept the momentum going till the really all-new 2013 model showed up with a set of turbocharged engines and more meaningful styling. The Escape is among 5 Ford SUVs and crossovers using names that begin with the letter E, and each year it smoothly outsells the rest.
Cars are dead– a minimum of according to Ford. The company’s most current financier declaration forecasts that crossovers and trucks will comprise 86 percent of Ford’s production volume in a number of years. All Ford sedans and hatchbacks are being dropped, with the anticipation that those purchasers will merely move over to car-based crossovers such as the Escape. Currently the model is among America’s very popular nameplates; in 2017, Ford moved more than 308,000 of them.
2020 Ford Escape Platform
Anticipate the new 2020 Ford Escape to ditch the existing C1 platform (shown numerous front-wheel-drive Fords) for the all-new international platform underpinning the new Focus. Although the existing Escape was revitalized for 2017, an upgrade that consisted of extra stiffening for the body structure, the model scored the worst score, Poor in an IIHS passenger-side balanced out frontal crash test. The new platform’s higher-strength steels must assist it make a much better rating. The present architecture likewise can’t accommodate a hybrid or plug-in powertrain, another drawback that will be dealt with.
2020 Ford Escape Powertrain
Modest sales of the very first- and second-gen Escape hybrids– the very first and, for a time, the only hybrid SUV (omitting their Mazda Tribute and Mercury Mariner brother or sisters)– led Ford to drop the gas/electric powertrain and rather downsize its gas engines for the present generation. With the 2020 model, a hybrid will return, and there will be a plug-in variation too. Both might utilize a 48-volt secondary electrical system with a belt-driven alternator/starter for enhanced performance. The coarse and anemic 2.5-liter inline-four will be dishonorably released. A 179-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder, new to the Escape for 2017, will likely rollover, as will the 245-hp 2.0-liter turbo. Although Ford is introducing ST versions of the Edge and Explorer, we question Escape purchasers will get anything hotter than the 2.0-liter. To increase EPA rankings and trim production intricacy, Ford’s new eight-speed automated will likely be the only transmission offering. Unless Ford can significantly cut the Escape’s weight, do not anticipate the 1.0-liter turbo inline-three for U.S. clients.
2020 Ford Escape Release and Price
Search for the new Escape to reach display rooms in spring 2019 with beginning costs around $25,000.