These are the very first images of Ford’s all-new Kuga/Escape crossover, wearing a production body as well as heavy camouflage, both on the outside as well as inside the cabin.
Still, it’s a definite step up from our previous run-in with the car, which involved a chassis mule, one that obviously looked nothing like the final product. Now, despite the camouflage, certain design lines can still be made out.
For example, we can’t help but notice the upwards sweeping design of the shoulder line, which reminds us of the all-new Ford Focus. There’s also a height difference between the front fender and the side of the bonnet, which is also seen on the Focus. Thus, we expect the front fascia design to make the new Kuga/Escape instantly recognizable as a modern-day Ford.
As for the rear, not much can be seen, apart from the bulky taillights that protrude towards the fender panels. Their shape however, remains unknown.
We spy a top-mounted infotainment screen
While the infotainment display is mounted at the top of the center stack, it’s not quite the same design as you get in the Focus. Underneath it, you find various radio and infotainment controls, so we can only assume that the climate controls are positioned somewhere between the console and the radio.
Altogether, the next-generation Kuga/Escape should feature more interior room, higher quality materials, as well as modern active safety and convenience features such as Wi-Fi hotspot, FordPass Connect, Pre-Collision Assist, Active Park Assist 2, Blind Spot Information, Evasive Steering Assist and more.
Electrification is coming
The new crossover is expected to be available with various forms of electrification, where a plug-in hybrid variant seems quite likely if the automaker is to meet its target of launching 24 PHEVs by the year 2022. Other engine options should include EcoBoost petrol and in certain markets, EcoBlue diesels as well.
The all-new Ford Kuga/Escape is said to arrive sometime in 2020.