2020 Ford Escape First Look | Is It Worth the Wait?
Is the new 2020 Ford Escape worthy to be in your shopping list? It falls under a very competitive segment with the likes of the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, and the Mazda CX-5.
Can it stand out among the rest? Let’s find out.
The Ford Escape was the 5th best-selling vehicle in its segment in 2018, and that was actually its lowest volume of sales in the past 5 years. But with the arrival of the all-new 2020 model, Ford is hoping to improve its standing.
The compact SUV segment is the largest in the US and it actually went up by 12.6% last year. That’s the reason why car manufacturers are releasing their new models this year to get their own share of this lucrative market.
A Bit of Historical Background
The Ford Escape was originally introduced in 2000 in collaboration with Mazda using the Ford CD2 platform which was in part based on the Mazda GF underpinnings. The latter was Mazda’s platform for their midsize cars.
Most SUVs during that time used the body-on-frame design similar to what’s used on pickup trucks. Ford, on the other hand, wanted to offer a more car-like ride and handling in a compact SUV so they opted with a unibody design with a fully independent suspension. Mazda sold its own version of this vehicle called the Tribute.
The Escape had always rated high in quality scores, due to its performance and reliability ratings. The interior is a different matter as its counterparts usually had more premium feel to them.
The Ford Escape still proved to be a best-seller for the company resulting in three more iterations or generations including this new 2020 model.
What’s New with this Escape?
With Ford canceling its sedans and hatchbacks, the Ford Escape is the closest thing they have in their line up to a car. It may be wider and longer than the previous model, but the 2020 Ford Escape sits lower to the ground, adding to that car-like feeling when you’re inside it.
The first thing you will notice is the fluid lines on its exterior. Gone are the boxy feel of older Escapes and it now has a sleeker look which makes this SUV seem like always on the move. It’s appropriate as Ford said they designed the new Escape for a lifestyle that’s on the go. To a certain extent, they did nail it.
It is also lighter than the previous model so we expect it to be faster and more sprightly.
What truly makes the 2020 Ford Escape worth considering are all the latest technologies that Ford put into it. From the Ford Co-Pilot360 Technology to its impressive 2.5L iVCT Atkinson-cycle hybrid engine. More about these features below.
2020 Ford Escape Specs
It comes in three engine configurations: the base variant uses a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder that has an output of 180HP. Next is a 250-horses strong turbocharged four-cylinder. Both are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission; it’s two speeds more than the outgoing Escape.
At the topmost variant is a plug-in hybrid with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that’s connected to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Ford claims this variant is capable of going up to 30 miles on a full charge of the battery. That’s in addition to its gas-powered engine, of course.
We don’t have the exact measurements yet, but Ford said the 2020 Escape is 2.4 inches longer and 1.7 inches wider. The wheelbase is longer, too, by about an inch.
As already mentioned, the new Escape is lighter, around 200 kgs lighter than the past model. This was made possible with the use of high-strength steel, making the vehicle thinner and weigh less but equally strong as before.
The 2020 Ford Escape has a number of advanced technologies when it comes to safety. It includes the Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking which scans the road ahead in case of potential collisions. If it detects a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes.
Another is BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert that detects and alerts you of vehicles in your blind spot. This is extra useful when you’re backing out of a parking space.
The Available Active Park Assist 2.0 helps you out with tight parallel and perpendicular parking. Simply put the transmission to neutral and press the Park Assist button and the vehicle does the rest.
Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering will slow down the Escape if it detects that the traffic in front slowed down or completely stopped. The Lane Centering feature, on the other hand, will detect the road line markings to help keep the vehicle on the center of its lane.
Ford has not yet released the pricing for the 2020 Ford Escape but we expect it to start at around $25,000 and go as high as more than $40,000 for the hybrid variants. Truth be told, the Escape is not known to be the most frugal in its segment, but it’s also far from being a gas-guzzler. We’ll have to wait for the official fuel economy rating before we can make any conclusion in this regard.
All in all, with its all-new look, advanced safety technologies, and amenities, the 2020 Ford Escape looks promising to anyone who prioritizes style, comfort, and a good amount of power.
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