Since its original debut back in 2000, the Ford Escape has been one of the premier compact utility vehicles on the market. Despite being Ford’s second best selling vehicle, the Escape has had minimal changes since the third generation debuted in 2012 for the 2013 model year. Due for a refresh, Ford has been very secretive about what the 2020 Escape will look like. While we can’t be certain about every detail surrounding the 2020 Escape’s exterior, we can tell you what we know, and what we expect.
As per the spy shots taken of the 2020 Escape out in the wild, we know that the new Escape will have significant aesthetic changes — with a number of style cues similar to the new Ford Focus. The front fascia has undergone the most significant change, with a new hexagonal grille, a stouter nose, and sharper headlights that wrap around the front of the vehicle. A more gradual beltline directs the eyes toward what looks like a bigger rear hatch, which lends credence to the rumours that the 2020 Escape will also be offered with optional third-row seating. Considering the 2020 Escape’s position in the Ford lineup, below the Explorer, but above both the EcoSport and the incoming Bronco, it would make sense that the new Escape would compete with the number of other CUVs on the market also offering a third-row. Spy shots have also shown a dual exhaust.
Given Ford’s move toward limiting the number of sedans in their lineup, and working on more common platforms, we can make a few educated guesses as to what type of engines will be offered in the 2020 Escape. Ford will most likely be moving forward with a 1.5-liter, and 2.0-liter, 2nd generation EcoBoost engine, as well as offering an electric-hybrid version of the new Escape. These engines will most likely be paired with either a 9- or 10-speed automatic transmission, as Ford has seen exceptional results so far with their 10-speed transmission.
Again, there is very little information available regarding the 2020 Escape; but given the direction Ford has been moving in of late, these predictions are an educated guess, rather than a shot in the dark. Team Ford will keep you apprised of any new information as it becomes available, but if you are interested in the 2020 Escape, feel free to contact us via the form below. Odds are good that Ford will unveil the 2020 Escape at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show — odds are great that it’ll be another confident and powerful addition to the Ford SUV lineup.