Ford has announced a complete overhaul to their small SUV, the Escape.
The 2005 Ford Escape was the first hybrid SUV, and now the company will be offering a standard hybrid and plug-in version of the 2020 Escape.
“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. “With our class-leading hybrid powertrains, customers will spend less time at the gas station and more time on the road.”
The all-new Escape comes with a sloped roofline and a much sportier look compared to previous generations. The front grill on the new Escape takes inspiration from the latest Mustang and Focus.
The all-new hybrid powertrains in the new Escape provides an estimated range of 400 miles (about 643 km). The standard hybrid Escape with front-wheel drive will get about 550 miles of range (around 885 km).
The regular hybrid Escape has a 1.1kWh battery which can get you about 198 horsepower. While the plug-in hybrid Escape has a 14.4 kWh battery and takes about 3.5 hours to charge via a 220V outlet.
You can expect more legroom in the rear seat of the Escape (about 89mm more) and about 949 litres of cargo space.
Ford will also be including their Co-Pilot360 as standard on all Escape models which comes with Adaptive Cruise Control, Stop-and-Go and Lane-Centering.
The new Escape can be optioned with Active Park Assist 2.0 and Evasive Steering Assist. Ford says 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.”
The Titanium trim of the Escape comes with a heads-up display, which is a first for Ford models in North America.
For infotainment, the new Escape comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen for Sync 3 and available 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster. Sync 3 comes with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Ford+Alexa and Waze navigation.
The all-new Escape comes in S, SE, SE Sport, SEL and Titanium trim levels and is to arrive in the fall. The plug-in hybrid version of the new Escape is set to arrive in spring 2020.