Coming Soon: the 2020 Ford Escape

 

Ford is reinventing the model that helped drive the popularity of the compact SUV segment: the Escape.

The Escape, which debuted the world's first hybrid SUV in 2005, brings back two hybrid choices for 2020: a standard hybrid and a plug-in variant, and introduces technologies ranging from drive modes and driver-assist features to electric vehicle ingenuity and on-board connectivity.



 

Redesigned and Sleek Exterior
The Escape designers turned to some of the most high profile sports cars in the Ford showroom to inspire the sleek new looks of the 2020 model. 

The shield-shaped trapezoidal grille is inspired by the sixth-generation Mustang, while the lower front end borrows from Ford GT.

Compared to the current model, the all-new Escape stands lower, wider and longer. With a sloped roofline, optimized liftgate spoiler and strake, and efficient underbody, the all-new Escape is the most aerodynamic to date. 

Great Performance and Economy
Every model in the lineup, whether powered by one of two EcoBoost® engines or the all-new hybrid powertrains, targets an EPA-estimated range of at least 400 miles per tank.

The standard hybrid with front-wheel drive targets best-in-class EPA-estimated range of more than 550 miles.

New powertrains and transmission pairings, a lighter body, improved aerodynamics and updated suspension all come together to one undeniable fact: this is the best-performing,most fun-to-drive Escape ever.
  • Gas engine-powered models as well as the standard hybrid are available with all-wheel drive.
  • EcoBoost-equipped models get a new quick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission for smooth, responsive shifting.
  • The new 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, available on Titanium, is projected to produce 250 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque using 93 octane fuel. . When properly configured, it is rated to tow 3,500 pounds.
  • The all-new 1.5-liter EcoBoost, standard on S, SE and SEL, is projected to produce 180 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque. When properly configured, it is rated to tow 2,000 pounds. To help conserve fuel, the 1.5-liter EcoBoost debuts cylinder deactivation, a Ford first for North America, which senses when one cylinder isn't needed and shuts it down automatically. The system can activate or deactivate a cylinder in 14 milliseconds to maintain a smooth ride.
The Escape Hybrid is Back!
The 2005 Ford Escape debuted the small SUV segment's first hybrid option. The 2020 Ford Escape is bringing the fuel-saving option back, as well as adding a plug-in hybrid option.

  • SE Sport and Titanium models come standard with Ford's innovative fourth-generation hybrid propulsion system, which includes an all-new 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle hybrid engine and electronic continuously variable transmission. The front-wheel-drive hybrid model is projected to produce a combined system horsepower of 198, and a top speed of 85 mph in electric-only mode.
  • The plug-in hybrid variant, available on every trim level except S and SE Sport, projects a bes tin-class EPA-estimated range of at least 30 miles in electric-only mode. Escape Plug-In Hybrid has a Level 1 / Level 2 AC charging port. Using a 110-volt Level 1 charge, the estimated time to fully charge the battery is 10 to 11 hours. Using a 240-volt Level 2 charge, charge time drops to roughly 3.5 hours.
  • Hybrid models feature four EV modes that allow customers to select the settings most suitable for their individual needs. This means in Auto EV mode, the vehicle decides whether to run on gas or electric power. In EV Now mode, drivers can operate on all-electric driving. In EV Later mode, drivers can switch to full gas-powered driving to conserve electric miles for later In all-new EV Charge mode, drivers can continue to charge the battery while driving and generate electric-only miles to use later
 

Interior Surprises
Sliding second-row seats in gas engine-powered models allow rear-seat passengers to enjoy best-in-class maximum second-row legroom with the seats in the full rearward position, plus increased knee clearance and footwell length for a more comfortable ride. 

With the second-row seats in the full forward position, the rear cargo area extends roughly six inches to offer 37.5 cubic feet of cargo space in gas engine-powered models (cargo and load capacity limited by weight and weight distribution). The cargo area was designed to accommodate four sets of golf clubs or a full-size dog crate.

Despite a slight drop in vehicle height and with the hybrid battery packaged below, the engineering team was able to increase headroom throughout. First- and second-row headroom,shoulder room and hip room all improve versus the current Escape.

 

The Smartest Escape Ever
The 2020 Escape is full of some incredibly useful and sophisticated tech!
  • Standard electable drive mode system makes it easy for Escape owners to create the ride experience they desire - or the one that conditions demand. Modes are tailored for normal, ECO, sport and slippery, plus snow and sand conditions.
  • Available all-new heads-up display projects information onto a 6-inch screen, giving drivers easy access to important information such as vehicle speed without taking their eyes off the road.
  • Active Park Assist 2.0 allows the driver to park in a parallel or perpendicular spot with the touch of a button, without having to work the steering wheel, gear shifter, gas or brake pedal.
  • Evasive Steering Assist detects a slower-moving or stationary vehicle ahead and provides steering support that can assist the driver to avoid an imminent collision.***
  • Standard Ford Co-Pilot360™ makes other driver-assist features available such as Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane-Centering.
  • FordPass Connect™ is a standard feature that provides 4G LTE Wi-Fi for up to 10 mobile devices with compatible wireless subscription service. FordPass Connect also gives drivers remote access to their Escape, allowing them to use their smartphone to lock, unlock, locate and start the vehicle, as well as monitor key vehicle diagnostics.
  • And more features, such as USB C and wireless charging ports, an 8 in touch screen, and an available 12.3 in all-digital instrument cluster, that's also compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
When Will It Arrive?
The new Ford Escape is slated to arrive in our Opelousas Ford showroom in the next few months!

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