2020 Ford Escape Coming To Liven Up Compact SUV Market

One day after teasing the new, Euro-spec Kuga SUV that’s due to be unveiled on April 2, Ford has done the same with its North American counterpart, the all-new 2020 Escape that will also be launched on the same date.

The teaser published on social media offers glimpses of the Escape’s new exterior design and shows off elements including the front grille, taillights, and tailgate. While it doesn’t provide us with a detailed look at any of these parts, it’s obvious that the new Escape will look quite a lot different than the outgoing model.

Ford has been developing the new Escape for quite some time and documents leaked last month confirmed that the compact SUV will be built at the Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky – the same location where the current Escape comes to life.

U.S. customers will have three engines to choose from. The first will be an entry-level 1.5-liter three-cylinder that will replace the 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder currently on offer. It remains to be seen how much power this three-pot will have, but those wanting more grunt will be able to opt for a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder delivering 237 hp. Sitting at the top of the powertrain line-up will be a plug-in hybrid with a 2.5-liter petrol engine.

The 2020 Escape will be offered in four different trims dubbed S, SE, SEL, and Titanium, all of which will be available with all-wheel drive, while the plug-in hybrid version won’t be offered in the base S grade.

The new Ford Escape is expected to come with a redesigned interior that incorporates a new infotainment system with Ford Sync3, a new B&O audio system and Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 system.

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  • Carlos Gamarra

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  • Liam Paul

    I hope it is not ugly like the current one, I hate suvs that are jellybean looking. I think SUVs should be boxy, not jellybean like

    • MarketAndChurch

      The great thing is that Ford will offer both jelly bean designs and boxy designs for those who want a traditional suv look and for those who want a more car like looking crossover.

    • ErnieB

      Sorry to bust your bubble but it’ll be a jellybean ..

  • MarketAndChurch

    The SEL Hybrid will make such a great car. I can’t wait to see this compared to the Rav4 Hybrid, and the new CR-V Hybrid, but more so the Toyota because the Honda is more of a midsize SUV and they don’t lease well. I love how Ford and Toyota are making Hybrids fun(er) than ever, obviously with great torque, but great hp and AWD as well.

  • J. P.

    Mid-size? The Escape is a compact SUV, you definitely have the title wrong because the Edge and Explorer are Ford’s mid-size SUVs

  • WalthamDan

    Will it come with a mass of recalls just like when the previous Escape was launched?

    • ksegg

      That’s Ford’s promise.

  • Spelled out M O D E L N A M E S are all the rage these days, huh?

    • no25

      that and crab claw taillights

      • ksegg

        And gigantic grilles.

        • Matthew Raworth

          And fake exhausts

  • Socarboy

    Let’s see…a turbocharged 3-cylinder engine with auto start/stop tech = a recipe for an engine that probably won’t make a 100,000 miles

  • charlotteharry57

    It’s being revealed on Tuesday (4/2; Kuga reveal simultaneous)) and yes, will be in NY.

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