Ford has just pulled the wraps off its all-new Escape in the US. The American carmaker has once again reinvented its small SUV; the outgoing model’s MPV-ish shape has been replaced by a sleeker, lower, and more hot-hatch-like silhouette.
Moving to the crossover’s sculpted sides, there’s matte-black lower-body cladding and wheel-arch extensions. At the
Step inside and you’re greeted by a much more modern interior than before. It adopts Ford’s new cockpit design language, which includes a floating tablet-style touchscreen for the SYNC 3 infotainment system, and a space-saving rotary shift knob on the center console. For the first time, a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster is available. Moving to the back, the rear seats can now slide, allowing you to increase either rear knee room or cargo space.
There are four powerplant choices: a 250hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost, a 180hp 1.5-liter EcoBoost, a 198hp 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle hybrid, and a 208hp 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle plug-in hybrid. The two boosted mills are paired to an eight-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, while the electrified powertrains are mated to a PowerSplit continuously variable transmission. Front- and all-wheel drivetrains are available; the 2.0-liter turbo variants come with standard AWD, while the plug-in hybrid is restricted to front-driven wheels.
The all-new Escape uses Ford’s new global C2 architecture; this is the platform’s first SUV application. Thanks to the use of lightweight high-strength steel, its structure is more rigid and also 91kg lighter than the outgoing model. Lower mass, better aerodynamics, enhanced suspension, and new powertrains help give the crossover improved performance and handling compared with its predecessor.
At the same time, Ford has also unveiled the all-new Kuga, the Escape’s European twin. It gets unique variants like the luxurious Vignale and the sporty ST-Line. It also features a unique engine lineup composed of the 1.5-liter EcoBoost, the 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel, the EcoBlue diesel mild hybrid, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid. European sales will begin in late 2019.
Will we get the all-new Escape? It’s still too early to tell, but we wish this revitalized model joins the local Ford lineup. Would you like Ford to bring this over? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.