Finally the all-new fourth-generation 2020 Ford Escape has been officially introduced at the New York Auto Show earlier last month. The new Escape compact crossover offers a different design style, which is claimed to have a sleeker and lower design proportion compared to the current model. The hybrid and plug-in hybrid version of the fourth-generation Escape is also available when this SUV reaches U.S. showrooms later this year.
In terms of sales, the Ford Escape has lagged very far from its closest competitors in the compact crossover segment such as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue and Chevy Equinox. Even with the all-new 2020 Ford Escape launched into the market, it’s no longer Ford’s second best-selling vehicle in the United States. So it’s not surprising that the Blue Oval automaker offers the fourth-generation Escape SUV with a myriad of complete equipment, two turbocharged gasoline engines, hybrid and plug-in-hybrid versions.
The overall dimensions of the 2020 Ford Escape are now longer and wider than the current model, although it has also shorter and smaller design proportions with smoother design lines. However, the new Escape crossover has been equipped with a slightly lower roof compared to the current Escape. Moving into the cabin, the interior space is now wider with a significant improvement on its rear legroom. While the cargo space behind the rear seats has also been increased up to 37.5 cubic feet, that means it’s 3.5 cubic feet more than the previous generation model.
The Dearborn-based car manufacturers offer the all-new Escape compact crossover in several trim level options, including the base S trim, SE, SE Sport, SEL, and Titanium trim levels. The interior is now equipped with several standard features which include 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability, USB ports, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity available for all trim levels except the base “S” trim. Meanwhile, the SE trim and other upper trims get an optional 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. The 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system and USB-C ports are also available as optional features on the 2020 Ford Escape.
As for standard safety features, Ford has now offered Co-Pilot360 driver-assistance features available for all trim options. The Ford Co-Pilot360 consists of several safety features that include lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high-beams, and automated emergency braking. While the park assist system and adaptive cruise control are only offered as optional at the top trim level “Titanium”.
The entry-level 2020 Ford Escape shares the same powertrain with the new Euro-spec Ford Focus hatchback. Under the hood, the all-new Escape crossover is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission capable of producing 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. It’s available with a standard front-wheel drive system or all-wheel drive which is only offered as optional. Ford has claimed that the 1.5-liter turbo engine has a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 pounds. So this engine is competitive enough to compete with other base engine in its class.
Thanks to the cylinder deactivation system, the 2020 Ford Escape is claimed to get fuel economy savings by 6 percent from the previous model. For buyers who want more power, the fourth-generation Escape is also available with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. The 2.0-liter turbo unit is only offered for the upper trim level with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive system. It has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds, which means it’s 1,500 pounds more than the base engine.
Talking about release date and price, the 2020 Ford Escape is scheduled to go on sale at U.S. dealerships this fall, including gasoline-powered models and hybrids. While the plug-in hybrid version of the new Escape will be launched in spring 2020. There’s no official word on pricing details, but the 2020 Ford Escape compact crossover is expected to be priced similar to the current model price, starting at around $25,000 for the base model and more than $40,000 for the upper trim level.