It’s no secret that Ford is pushing for more ‘utility’ options in their portfolio, especially after State-wide fall in demand for conventional cars. This is a sensible move too, as unlike in Europe, the Blue Oval couldn’t quite make their mark in the US small car and sedan spaces. No bringing the Focus or its ‘Active’ variant here is proof, and future portfolios will then be restricted to Crossovers, Sportscars and the occasional Supercars.
Ford’s immediate course is to fill their portfolio with capable crossovers, starting with the updated Escape (Kuga in international markets).
Ford Escape 2020 design and competition
The 2020 Ford Escape has worthy rivals in the Toyota RAV-4, Honda CR-V and the Subaru Forester, and the segment as a whole is, arguably, one of the most competitive in the country. While this is the case, some of these crossovers are not exactly pageant-worthy and could definitely look better. This seems to be the area which Ford tried to exploit most.
The new Ford Escape has a friendlier face, courtesy of different headlight and grille orientation. Headlights are smaller than before, and a mesh grille replaces the bars. Its smiling face is a stark contrast from the grumpiness of some of the others in the segment, and could definitely earn the fancy of many.
The crossver as a whole is built in the lines of Ford’s new design philosophy, and is closer to the Focus than the outgoing Escape.
Engine and hybrid
A 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder should power most of the Escape’s base variants while higher trims get a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder. These mills are capable of producing 180 hp and 245 hp respectively in Europe. Expect to see a new nine-speed automatic gearbox working its way in to the line-up.
As confirmed, there will be a hybrid option which will likely be confined to the highest trims.
Ford Escape 2020 price and release date
The new Ford Escape will reach US shore by end of this year. Prices might not change much, and the base trim should start at $24,999