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Old 02-11-2019, 08:43 PM   #1
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This Escape tester being a hybrid version doesn't really tell us a whole lot, other than our understanding that there will be an Escape Hybrid. The electrified Escape doesn't appear to give up much in appearances over the normal one if previous spy shots are anything to go by. Everything looks extremely similar to before, right down to the dual exhaust outlets on this crossover. It wouldn't be surprising to see Ford hybridize the 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder, perhaps explaining the similarities in appearance between this one and the base car. One thing we haven't seen in any of the exterior spy shots yet are these wheels. They're an eye-catching design with those nubs in between each full spoke.

What's far more exciting in this Escape, however, is the clear view of the interior we get. Everything is shiny and new ... and it's all exactly the same as the 2019 Focus we won't get in the U.S. Our previous shots of an Escape interior hinted that this would be the case, but now we know for sure. It's a much more modern design than before, with a big tablet infotainment screen tacked on the dash, more digitization of the instrument cluster and fewer buttons to boot. The curved, vertical air vents are a cool design touch on the current Escape, but this brings on a much more basic (possibly less controversial) setup. We can see that it's clearly a hybrid model from the left gauge in the cluster — the green there is a dead giveaway.

As a sum, the Escape appears to be shaping up as a big and tall Focus hatchback. Since the next-gen Focus is not going to be sold in the U.S., this is as close as we're going to get to it. Multiple versions of this crossover are likely to be introduced and sold here, including an ST variant. The hybrid sure looks like a go, and we can keep our fingers crossed for a plug-in hybrid version, too. Ford owes us some cool crossovers now that its fun cars are riding off into the sunset, right?
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Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s president, North America, introduces the new 2020 Ford Escape in metro Detroit.

Ford Motor Co. is pushing ahead with the overhaul of its product line with the unveiling of the 2020 Ford Escape, which is scheduled to reach showrooms next fall with a new range of powertrains including a new hybrid.

“This all-new Escape brings a sleeker, sportier design with the capability to take you on just about any of your life’s adventures,” said Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s president, North America.


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“With our class-leading hybrid powertrains, customers will spend less time at the gas station and more time on the road,” he added during the press preview at the Greenfield Village museum, which is located close to the company’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.

Ford has sold more than 4 million Escapes since its introduction in 2001 and it is now the second best-selling vehicle in the Ford line-up behind the ever-popular F-Series pickup truck. The new version of the Escape will be built in multiple plants and sold in markets around the world, Ford executives also noted.

(Ford teases all-new Escape before New York debut. Click Here for the story.)

The current version of the Ford Escape is looking dated in a segment that continues to attract new entries from around the world. There were exactly six entries in the compact crossover segment when Escape made its debut. Now there are 22 and the number is expected to grow to 30 in short order, Galhotra said.

The next-generation Ford Escape features a sleeker exterior with improved fuel efficiency and more interior space than its predecessor.

As part of the effort to create a new look for Escape, designers turned to some of the most popular sports cars in the Ford showroom. The shield-shaped trapezoidal grille is inspired by the sixth-generation Mustang, while the lower front end borrows from Ford GT.

Compared with the current model, the all-new Escape stands lower, wider and longer, noted Hau Thai-Tang, Ford executive vice president of Product Development and Purchasing.

With a sloped roofline, optimized liftgate spoiler and efficient underbody, the all-new Escape is the most aerodynamic to date. Meanwhile, it sheds more than 200 pounds from the current model, due in part to the extensive use of high-strength, lightweight steel.

Ford rolled out the world’s first hybrid SUV in 2005, Ford is preparing to offer standard Escape 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.

The all-new Escape Hybrid packages its liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery smartly below the second-row seats rather than occupying a significant portion of the cargo area. The briefcase-shaped battery in the standard hybrid measures approximately one-third the size of the old Escape Hybrid battery.

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.

New powertrains and transmission systems, a reduction in weight, improved aerodynamics and updated suspension system all contribute to insure the new Escape is fun to drive, Ford engineers said.


The rear of the new 2020 Ford Escape features a more rounded shape compared with the outgoing model.

Gas engine-powered models as well as the standard hybrid are available with all-wheel drive. EcoBoost-equipped models get a new 8-speed automatic transmission for smooth, responsive shifting, while every Escape receives an all-new suspension and improved isolation with a new isolated rear subframe.

“This new vehicle performs like no other Escape before,” said Jim Hughes, Escape chief program engineer. “It’s quick, it’s responsive and, in staying true to the standard set by three generations of Escapes before it, it’s a heck of a lot of fun to drive.”

The new 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, available on Titanium, is projected to produce 250 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque using 93 octane fuel, while turning in a 0-60 mph time up to 10% faster than the outgoing Escape 2.0-liter. 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 hp and 177 lb.-ft. of torque using 93 octane fuel.

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.

A selectable drive mode system standard across the line-up makes it easy for 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.

Titanium models are available with an all-new heads-up display, a first-for-Ford in North America. The feature that 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.

Escape comes standard with Ford Co-Pilot360, and makes available other driver-assist features 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

An 8-inch touch screen – standard on SE models and above – shares information with the available 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster, which displays important vehicle information such as speedometer and fuel level. It uses 3D animated graphics to indicate the drive mode.

The all-new Escape, available in S, SE, SE Sport, SEL and Titanium series trim levels, is built at Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky. Vehicles are due to reach showrooms this fall. Plug-in hybrid units are due to arrive next spring.
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I see Kia Niro, but that could just be "the Corolla affect" in full swing.
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I see Kona with Porsche like shape.
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I see Tesla (Model 3 specifically)
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I thought they went in the right direction with the last design. Not a fan of this one at all. Wonder how many recalls in the first six months THIS one will have.
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2020 Ford Escape First Test: Is This CR-V-Fighter a Good Car?



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Oh look, another RAV4 or CR-V. Ford hopes your quest to escape automotive sameness will end with the new Escape. Finally redesigned, the 2020 Ford Escape crossover is ambitious and charming, but this isn't a picture-perfect story. We tested the 2020 Escape's two non-hybrid engines to determine where it fits into an enormous field and to pose the question: Can you really put a three-cylinder engine in a compact family SUV?

First off, the answer is yes. Slower Escape drivers who blast the radio may never know how many cylinders are under the hood. The 2020 Escape's 179-hp 1.5-liter turbo-three moves the Ford with plenty of authority—and our objective test numbers bear this out. On the test track, our front-drive 2020 Escape 1.5T tester hit 60 mph in 8.4 seconds. Accelerate that quickly, however, and you may hear what sounds like TV static from the front of the car.

"It will sound like it's broken to people unfamiliar with how turbos work," editor-in-chief Ed Loh said.

Step up to the 250-hp 2.0T model, and you'll notice the extra oomph. Our $39,775 2020 Escape Titanium 2.0T tester managed a 6.9-second run to 60 mph. If you're only shopping Escapes and have a lead foot, go for the 2.0T. But if the idea of a 40-grand Escape gives you pause, most MotorTrend editors are right there with you. The 2020 Escape Titanium 2.0T's track-tested acceleration isn't much quicker than the Honda CR-V 1.5T (7.5-7.6 seconds) or the Mazda CX-5 Signature, which is quicker (6.4 seconds), more attractive, and more upscale inside.

The Escape's appeal grows once you throw it around a corner. The new Ford shifts directions with a lightness that'll be familiar to anyone who's driven a Focus or even a last-gen Escape. On the figure-eight course, which evaluates cornering, braking, acceleration, and the transitions between them, the front-drive Escape 1.5T's performance of 28.2 seconds at 0.62 g (average) would have placed it just on the slow side of our enormous comparison test of compact SUVs. As for the all-wheel-drive Escape 2.0T, that heavier but more powerful model finished the figure eight in a slightly improved 27.7 seconds at 0.64 g (average). Stay tuned for our impressions on the 2020 Escape hybrid and plug-in models.

Where we'd like to see immediate improvement across the Escape line is the interior. One quick note: Our testers were pre-production prototypes, and it's possible some of the issues we saw will be addressed before cars reach dealers. But MotorTrend editors panned both Escapes for cheap-feeling interiors, a couple found the driver's seat uncomfortable, and the engine-start button's location is a bit awkward. Too bad, as the interior is otherwise respectable for those not seeking spaciousness matching that of the comparison-winning, SUV of the Year-earning Honda CR-V. And Ford gets points for applying a cool geometric pattern to the Escape SE 1.5T's cloth seats as well as to both crossovers' doors.

There's plenty of space for four, and the rear seats—which can move about 6 inches forward—have an easily accessible backrest recline lever. The cargo area can handle 33.5 to 37.5 cubic feet of your stuff (depending on the rear seats' position), but there's no lever back there to fold down the rear seats.

Although the 2020 Ford Escape hasn't been safety-tested as this is written, even the base S has the Co-Pilot360 package, which includes blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, and a lane-keeping system. Go all out on the Titanium, and Ford throws in a new Evasive Steering Assist system and adds lane centering to the adaptive cruise control also available on other trims.

As you may have guessed, the 2020 Escape's sweet spot is somewhere in the middle. If you can, at least start with the 2020 Escape SE, which replaces the S' tiny 4.2-inch infotainment screen with an 8.0-inch unit complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Escape SE also upgrades the exterior from the S' black grille and door handles, and upgrades the headlights, too. Higher on the 2020 Escape's trim walk, you'll find a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster—a cool feature in this class, one that makes me want to cycle through the drive modes just to see the graphics change.

We're thrilled Ford has redesigned the Escape, which had grown stale and placed sixth of nine in a comparison back in 2016. The new 2020 Escape looks like nothing in its class, and some will find its overall package appealing. We more or less do, too, but—when focusing on the non-hybrid 1.5T and 2.0T models—nothing jumps out at us as game-changing. Still, if you want something different from MotorTrend favorites such as the excellent Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5, add the 2020 Escape to your shopping list.
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$40k for a new Escape that'll be worth half of that in two years' time.

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Slower, heavier, worse of fuel, and handles worse than the equivalent hatchback without any real added cargo or passenger volume, but it will cost you a lot more for the extra unnecessary couple inches of ground clearance, so there's that; oh almost forgot, you can stretch the loan period to 7 years! Don't worry about the interest rate, you can handle the payments, trust your dealer.
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40K for an Escape...that's a big ask.
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They took design cues from Kia?
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Nothing but an average fleet car. I feel bad for actual consumers that buy garbage like this...
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If I ever plan on spending $40k on a compact CUV, it won't be an Escape. My money would at least go to the CX-5 Signature Turbo.

I'd be more curious to see where the 2.0T starts at.

It's not bad looking and they definitely sleeked the design to make room for a boxier "baby bronco".
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I would hope few people pay MSRP for almost any Ford but still this is way too high for a below average CUV.
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This is the ugliest new car I've seen in a long time.. and I drive a Clarity.
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I think one factor we might not be taking into consideration is the cost of good to manufacture/ buy and cost of labor is all going up. Yeah, I’m sure incentives will roll out with $5k off at some point. The $40k is also best trim and fully loaded, correct?

That said, dollar for dollar I’d still take the Mazda CX-5.
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I would hope people avoid paying MSRP for anything sans an upper tier Porsche model, Ferrari, etc. It's just dumb and has nothing to do with Ford, it's all vehicle manus. But at invoice or below. I have 5 vehicles in my garage right now and I will be adding 2 more within 2 years. Everything in my garage was bought below invoice. 4 manus including Ford.
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The three-cylinder, front-wheel-drive version is quite thrifty.

When a model makes the switch to the next generation, in most cases it comes along with a nice boost in fuel efficiency thanks to a variety of upgrades like an improved powertrain and a more optimized gearbox. That’s certainly the case with the 2020 Ford Escape as EPA has now released preliminary information about the compact crossover’s efficiency and the numbers are looking good.

For the time being, EPA only lists the front-wheel-drive model equipped with the three-cylinder gasoline engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The small 1.5-liter turbocharged unit rated at 180 horsepower and 177 pound-feet (240 Newton-meters) of torque helps the new crossover return 27 miles per gallon in the city and 33 mpg on the highway for a combined 30 mpg. Compared to the old Escape in its thriftiest guise, the new one scores an extra 4 mpg in the combined cycle and matches the most efficient gasoline-only versions of the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 while beating the Subaru Forester and Mazda CX-5.


For even better efficiency, we’ll have to wait for EPA’s fuel numbers of the Escape Hybrid, which will pair a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors for a combined output of 198 hp sent to the road via a CVT. Ford has also developed a plug-in hybrid variant with a slightly higher 209-hp system output and at least 30 miles (48 kilometers) of electric range thanks to a 14.4-kWh battery replacing the 1.1-kWh pack of the non-plug-in hybrid.

It’ll be interesting to see how the electrified Escape’s fuel economy numbers will stack up against the competition taking into account RAV4 Hybrid returns a solid 40 mpg combined and there’s also the recently announced 2020 CR-V Hybrid. Honda estimates the thrifty version will do 42 mpg in the city, which would be one mpg more than the RAV4 Hybrid’s 41-mpg city rating.

All version of the new Escape will be at Ford dealers in the U.S. this fall, with the exception of the plug-In.
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