Designer Of 2020 Ford Escape Was Inspired By BMW Motorcycles

The new Ford Escape looks drastically different than its predecessor and according to the vehicle’s designer, Andrew Bazinski, there’s a good reason for this.

When designing the new Escape, Ford decided to essentially split the SUV into two separate vehicles. The Escape is a softly styled SUV aimed at being quite car-like while the Blue Oval’s long-awaited Baby Bronco will use the same platform but target those buyers after something more rugged.

This decision allowed Bazinski to tame the styling of the new Escape. Speaking with Automobile Magazine, he revealed he did this by taking some inspiration from the world of motorcycles.

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“When I bought these bikes [his ’92 BMW R100R and ’80 BMW R100], they’re all full of fairings, and they’re over-body, and what I’m working on now is, like, tearing one down to a naked bike, its bare essentials and really having a pure, clean, streamlined look, so that’s what influenced, kind of, the new Escape. It’s having that pure shape and the streamlined look. That’s the connection here,” he revealed.

“We wanted to take it in two different directions, so the Escape is the more sporty, carlike version, and then we have a separate, more rugged, off-road version in the form of the Baby Bronco,” said Bazinski.

More obvious(ly) for casual onlookers, in addition to taking design inspiration from motorcycles of yesterday, Ford’s design team borrowed styling cues for the Escape from the ever-popular Focus.

“If you look at the bodywork, and how everything kind of flows, it has a lot of sweep to it and all of the surfaces are kind of flush. From the A-pillar back, we wanted to create a little bit of the Coke bottle shape inspired from [Porsche] 911s, and it has that nice voluptuous shoulder that comes down,” he said.

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  • WalthamDan

    Oh yeh, you can really see the motorcycle influences

    Seems to be more influenced by a Mazda

    • ChicagoBlah

      Influenced and look like are not the same thing

  • Sebastien

    Funny because I always liked BMW motorcycles look while this new escape is probably the ugliest SUV of its segment. It’s so generic with no personality at all.

    • Jens

      looks like any asian suv indeed

  • sure…

  • Six_Tymes

    and a Rogue from the side, and Mazda. So, it will sell.

  • dumblikeyou2

    So then all Ford designs have been inspired by a BMW bike for long time since Ford’s design language hasn’t shifted much in over a decade and half.

  • krusshall

    Lame analogy.

  • Stephen G

    A clean comfortable conservative design that spurs little emotion. The Escape will undoubtedly loose its current recognizability. If I read this was the next Hyundai Tuscon, I would have believed it.

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    It’s literally the blandest SUV on sale. It could be Chinese.

  • Jay

    That designers idea of inspiration must simply mean be able to get people from point a to b…

  • Sukhoi31m3

    I viewed the pictures with no emotion at all.

  • KidRed

    Not a fan of the headlights practically on the hood rather than lower on the front bumper. It doesn’t balance well, and looks like an old Nissan Juke rejected rendering.

  • i’m not sure i’m seeing it…

    maybe it’s just not as obvious as it was with the Chevy Sonic and it’s weird but cool unit round headlights, round taillights and motorcycle inspired gauge cluster.

    still bummed out GM didn’t spread this look and instead made the facelift sonic kinda ugly…

  • Lucius

    This thing ain’t ugly, it’s bland…and I doubt anyone in this vehicle’s demo would know a BMW motorcycle from any other. As I consult in corporate marketing, this story seems like an obvious attempt by Ford at design CYA. We’re all supposed to go “What?! A motorcycle?! Well now I love it!!!” Sorry Ford, it’s too late for us to change our minds.

    • Emoto

      I’m not in the demo, but I am a big fan of BMW motorcycles, and I can’t see even a lick of BWM motorcycle in this bland lozenge.

  • Althea Later

    He’s full of you know what. He was “inspired” by the Porsche Cayenne!!!

  • iddqd

    since the term gets thrown around here quite a bit, it’s half as bland as anything from VW, which sell like hotcakes here in germany/western europe..actually i do see a bit Porsche in the design, even tho this certainly does look a a tad generic..but there’s always the option of big shiny rims to make up for it..
    whatever the case, in the wake of overstyled cars, this seems half as bad…

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  • Subi-Rubicon1

    The front clip looks like FORD desperately needs to fix. It looks off-balance. The rest of the CUV is pretty alright.

  • Giziclown

    It is better, because the furthercoming Bugatti SUV was inpired by Mazda Vision Coupe.

  • db

    Maybe Ford’s designers should have been looking at BMW SUVs instead of their motorbikes and they might have a more appealing vehicle on their hands.

    • rodriguez256

      You find BMW SUV’s appealing?

      • db

        A helluva lot more appealing than an older BMW motorbike, don’t you think?

  • Looks like a fish to me… maybe a Jeep Cherokee at the back… but not a BMW bike.

  • 85ZingoGTR

    You know, I first was extremely underwhelmed when I first saw photos of this new Escape. But then I saw it in person at the NYIAS. It’s not that bad. The interior is much nicer than it looks in photos though.

  • Galaxium

    I love car design and seeing the inspirations that designers take to create their concepts/production models.

    I do not see any BMW motorcycle design here.

  • SteersUright

    I don’t see 911 anywhere, not anything special here. Looks very much like a blue refrigerator.

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