Ford has presented the all-new Ford Escape for North America. It debuted simultaneously with the Ford Kuga, a related model for the European market. Do they differ much?
Both cars have similar exterior and interior with slight differences. The 2020 Ford Escape has a 1,062-liter trunk (was 963 l before) according to SAE standard. When the second-row seats are folded, it is 1,852 vs 1,926 liters.
The new Escape won’t have the sports ST-Line and high-end Vignale trims, unlike the Kuga. Moreover, there will be no diesel motors and the mild-hybrid powertrain for the Escape.
The carmaker claims that the next-generation vehicle is the best-performing and the smartest ever Ford Escape with the unrivaled flexibility, improved dynamics and all-new suspension.
Gasoline and standard hybrid versions are available with all-wheel drive. The EcoBoost models got a new 8-speed automatic gearbox.
The EcoBoost range include: a 2.0-liter 250-hp (275 lb-ft) engine (offered for the Titanium trim level) and a fully new 1.5-liter 180-hp one (177 lb-ft) for the S, SE and SEL trims. To save fuel, the 1.5-liter EcoBoost debuts cylinder deactivation, a Ford first for North America.
The SE Sport and Titanium models come standard with the newest hybrid propulsion system based on an all-new 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle hybrid engine, electronic CVT, front-wheel drive. The combined output is 198hp, the top speed in electric-only mode is 85mph.
The plug-in hybrid powertrain (available for all trims except S and SE Sport) provides a best-in-class EPA-estimated range of at least 30 miles in electric-only mode.
The models with Ecoboost engines and new hybrid powertrains feature an EPA-estimated range of 400 miles/ tank, the standard FWD hybrid variant – more than 550 miles.
Ford will produce the Escape at the plant in Louisville (Kentucky). The model enters the US car market in the fall of 2019. The PHEV version will likely go on sale in the spring of 2020.
The current 2019 Ford Escape costs from $24,105, the Ford Kuga’s MSRP is from €19,990.