To say the launch of the next-gen Escape is a big deal for Ford is an understatement. After its lucrative truck lineup, the Escape is one of the most important vehicles for the Blue Oval. Needless to say, a tremendous amount of energy went into the small SUV’s design.
That’s why it’s interesting that the Escape looks more car-like than ever. Ford recently announced it’s ditching all cars but the Mustang in North America, so perhaps this is the company splitting the difference? Either way, the 2020 Ford Escape’s looks will likely be polarizing.
One huge change is the addition of a regular hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. There’s also a base turbocharged three-cylinder engine, thanks to tightening fuel consumption and emissions standards around the globe. If you want more power but no electrification, there’s an updated EcoBoost 2.0-liter.
Sliding rear seats boost legroom for passengers, or cargo space, depending on positioning. Overall, the interior is more stylish but decidedly not luxurious. All the tech features you’d expect are in the lineup, plus Titanium models gain a HUD, which is a first for the Escape. Each model comes with the Ford Co-Pilot 360 suite of safety systems, which bundles together some basics like lane-keeping assist and automatic emergency braking. Lane centering, adaptive cruise control, and other driver assist features will be upgrades.
All but the plug-in hybrid 2020 Ford Escape launch this fall.