What You Should Know About the 2020 Ford Escape

April 16th, 2019 by

A Glimpse at the History of the Ford Escape

Since making its debut in North America in 2001, the Ford Escape has introduced drivers to a blend of style, convenience, efficiency, and capability.

A few short years later in 2004, the 2005 model was released, and it became the world’s first hybrid SUV.

The Escape was the best-selling small SUV with 114,000 hybrid options e sold from 2004 until 2012, according to Ford.

Since its debut, the Escape has lived through quite a few changes, including updates to the body style and powertrain. And now, Ford is reinventing the model that helped shape the popularity of hybrid SUVs for the 2020 model year.

The Redesigned Ford Escape for 2020

The all-new Escape starts with an update to the exterior features.

Compared to the 2019 model year, the 2020 Escape stands lower, wider, and longer.

“This all-new Escape brings a sleeker, sportier design with the capability to take you on just about any of your life’s adventures,” said Ford President for North America Kumar Galhotra.

To achieve this sportier look, inspiration was taken from some of the high-profile sports cars in the Ford model lineup.

For example, the shield-shaped trapezoidal grille is inspired by the sixth-generation Mustang. The lower front end, on the other hand is inspired by the Ford GT.

Shedding roughly 200 pounds through the use of high-strength, lightweight steel, the all-new Escape will feature a sloped roofline and optimized liftgate spoiler, which makes this the most aerodynamic model to come off the assembly line.

overhead shot of a red 2020 Ford Escape small SUV parked on a dirt driveway with a man and dog standing beside it

Updated Interior

With weekend warriors and those who are always on the go in mind, Ford has increased the cargo space for the 2020 Ford Escape.

The rear cargo area is increased by approximately six inches, and that’s with the second-row seats in the full forward position. The 37.5 cubic feet was designed to hold a full-size dog crate, or four sets of golf clubs.

The Titanium option will include another first for Ford — the all-new heads-up display. The new feature for Ford will project information onto a six-inch screen that will give drivers easy access to pertinent information, such as vehicle speed. This technology will help keep the driver’s eyes on the road.

2020 Ford Escape Powertrain Options

In addition to seeing a weight loss, the powertrains and transmission systems are receiving an update as well. The combination of these efforts could make this the best-performing Escape the market has seen.

“With our class-leading hybrid powertrains, customers will spend less time at the gas station and more time on the road,” Galhotra continued to say.

2.0L EcoBoost Engine

Available in the 2020 Titanium level, the Ford Escape EcoBoost 2.0L option is expected to produce 250 horsepower and 275 pounds-per-feet of torque while using 93 octane fuel. Through proper configurations, it is expected to tow 3,500 pounds.

1.5L EcoBoost Engine

Standard for the S, SE, and SEL trim levels, the 1.5L EcoBoost engine is expected to produce 180 horsepower and 177 pounds-per-feet of torque while using 93 octane fuel.

In an effort to conserve fuel, the 1.5L EcoBoost debuts cylinder deactivation, which is a first for Ford in North America.

This new technology senses when one cylinder isn’t needed and shuts it down automatically. The system is able to activate or deactivate a cylinder in 14 milliseconds so that a smooth ride is maintained.

Hybrid Technology

The SE Sport and Titanium trim levels come equipped with Ford’s innovative fourth-generation hybrid propulsion system. Included in the hybrid propulsion system is the all-new 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle hybrid engine and electronic continuously variable transmission.

While in electric-only mode, the front-wheel-drive hybrid Ford Escape is expected to produce 198 horsepower and reach a top speed of 85 mph.

Escape hybrid models will feature four EV modes which will allow consumers to select settings that suit their individual needs. The EV modes include:

  • Auto EV Mode: The vehicle can decide if running on gas or electric power is optimal.
  • EV Now Mode: Drivers can decide to operate the vehicle on all-electric.
  • EV Later Mode: Drivers are able to switch to full gas-powered driving so electric miles are conserved for later.
  • EV Charge Mode: Drivers can continue to charge the battery while driving. This all-new mode will allow drivers to generate electric-only miles to use later.

The newest models are set to debut in the showroom this fall, until then, we will continue watching for more details.