Competition between vehicle models in the compact crossover SUV segment in the United States is very hard. While the Ford Escape is no longer a flagship SUV in this segment. Although it was quite successful in the past, Escape is currently losing heavily from its main competitors in terms of sales, including Nissan Rogue, Honda CR-V, Chevy Equinox and Toyota RAV4. However, Ford Motor Company didn’t remain silent to see its competitors playing in the compact SUV segment. The Detroit-based automaker has brought the all-new 2020 Ford Escape at the New York Motor Show last month.
It offers a much different look than its predecessor with a slimmer and lower design proportion. Of course, Ford has provided significant changes and a total redesign for the fourth-generation Escape compact crossover. At present, Escape is not Ford’s second best-selling model on the U.S. market. So it makes sense if Ford works hard enough to bring Escape with a myriad of changes both on the exterior and interior. Most importantly, the fourth-generation 2020 Ford Escape is now available in several different versions, including conventional (gasoline), hybrid and plug-in hybrids.
Tech Specs and Engine Options
Compared to the exit model (third-generation models), the 2020 Ford Escape is now longer and wider in terms of overall dimensions. Major improvements are also reflected in the interior which is now more spacious and has increased to 37.5 cubic feet in cargo space behind the rear seat. However, the new Escape SUV has shorter and smaller design proportions with a slightly lower roof than the third generation model. The redesign is clearly visible on the exterior design, which is now has a smoother and more dynamic design line but still retains the Escape style.
The 2020 Ford Escape comes with a standard 1.5-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder engine that can provide 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, as well as has a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 pounds. The 1.5L turbo unit is offered with an 8-speed automatic gearbox that can be paired either to a front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive system. Basically the new Escape crossover (base model) shares the same powertrain with the Ford Focus hatchback currently sold on the European market.
However, Ford also offers a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine on the 2020 Escape Titanium (upper trim level) which is claimed to cranks out 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. It’s only available with standard all-wheel drive systems and eight-speed automatic transmission to transfer power to all four wheels. Ford has claimed that the Escape 2.0L Turbo can provide maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds or 1,500 pounds more than the base model. In addition, there’s an improvement in fuel economy by 6 percent compared to outgoing models, thanks to the use of cylinder deactivation technology.
The 2020 Ford Escape will be sold in several trim level options such as S, SE, SE Sport, SEL and Titanium. The top trim level from SE to Titanium is now equipped with several optional interior features, including a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, and USB-C ports. While the base models (except S trim) will gets some standard interior features such as 8.0-inch touchscreen, 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, and standard USB ports.
Pricing and Release Date
Ford’s Co-Pilot360 Driver-Assist Suite is now available as standard safety equipment on the new Escape, starting from the base trim to the upper trim level. Basically the Co-Pilot360 Driver-Assist combines several safety equipment such as a blind-spot monitoring system, automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and automatic high-beams. Upper trim levels like Titanium get additional safety features, including adaptive cruise control and park assist system.
Release date has been officially confirmed, the 2020 Ford Escape (gas and hybrid version) will reach U.S. showrooms later this year, around this fall. Followed by a plug-in hybrid Escape that will go on sale next spring. Pricing information hasn’t yet been announced, but the price tag is likely not much different from the outgoing model. Expect the 2020 Ford Escape to go on sale in the United States at a base price of $25,000 and increase to $40,000 for Titanium trim levels.
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