In what has been a busy couple of weeks for Ford, we finish off our news roundup with the announcement of the 2020 Ford Escape. The automaker unveiled the new SUV at their Dearborn plant last week and it went down well by all accounts.
The design is about what we expected. It’s attractive, low at the front rising rapidly to the rear, includes a curved roof, not too high ride height, Ford family grille and lights and lots of interior space. It isn’t a revolutionary design but it is a good one. It’s a happy face and that’s important on a family car.
On the inside, the cabin looks more spacious than it should be. The dashboard is also familiar Ford. Tidy, well designed, modern and looks the part. The centre screen not taking up too much space is ideal and the large amounts of glass all round offers lots of light. I suspect the glass is where most of that feeling of space comes from.
The rear bench seat has a neat party trick in that it slides back and forth. Roll it back to offer more space for passengers and slide it forward for more cargo space. This will add a lot of utility for families.
Under the hood will be either the 1.5-litre or 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine that have both been updated for more power and frugality. Two hybrids will also be introduced, a plug-in and a standard hybrid. We don’t know too much about power output, gas mileage or any specifics though. Both gas engines will use Ford’s updated eight speed automatic. The hybrids are unknown as yet.
The 2020 Ford Escape will also be available as FWD and AWD depending on engine and model selected.
The new Escape will also feature Ford's CoPilot 360 which includes park assist, lane centring, collision assist and evasive manoeuvre assist. Whether this will be standard or an option has yet to be announced.
Ford said they have put a lot of work into making the 2020 Ford Escape feel and drive like a car. They said their customers want a car-like crossover rather than a truck-like crossover so have configured the ride characteristics to match. Time will tell what kind of experience it will deliver.
The 2020 Ford Escape will be available later in 2019 with prices and exact specs to be released between now and then. If you’re looking for a crossover in the more immediate future, Northway Ford Lincoln has what you need. Visit them at 388 King George Road Brantford ON N3S 3N2.