When Ford first introduced the Escape to consumers in 2000, it soon became a driver favorite. Now, with the 2020 model, Ford is introducing an exciting redesign for the beloved SUV. Let’s take a look at some of the impressive new features that drivers can expect.
1. New Engines and Transmission
With the 2020 model, drivers can expect the Escape to be more powerful than ever before. The conventional version will come equipped with a 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine capable of putting out 180 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque. Upper trim levels will be powered by a 260-horsepower EcoBoost four-cylinder engine capable of producing 260 pound-feet of torque.
A hybrid model, the first ever in the Escape lineup, will come equipped with a powertrain supplemented by a gasoline engine. An EcoBoost three-cylinder turbo engine will come standard on the base trim level, while upper trim levels will be powered by a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. An eight-speed automatic transmission will come standard in all trim levels.
2. New Exterior Details
Drivers will definitely notice the changes that Ford made to the Escape’s exterior for the 2020 model year. A mesh grille will replace the crossbars that were once part of the Escape’s design. Details such as sharper and more sculpted headlights and taillights, in addition to 19-inch black alloy wheels, are also part of the exterior redesign, as well as a hatch that is longer and has a larger opening. The Escape Hybrid will feature active grille shutters to enhance efficiency. Dual exhaust tips are another exterior highlight that drivers can expect from the hybrid model.
3. Redesigned Interior
The Escape’s interior also gets a redesign for the 2020 model year, making it more comfortable and technologically advanced than previous models. A third row of seating will now be available. Shoulder and legroom have been expanded for both driver and passengers. Even more comfort is provided by all-new leather-upholstered six-way power seats. The 2020 Escape’s dashboard will feature a large tablet-style infotainment screen that drivers will find to be easier to use, easier to view, and more intuitive than earlier versions. Drivers can expect fewer buttons to push, as the instrument cluster will feature more digitization.
4. Driver-Assist Technology
The 2020 Escape will come standard with Ford Co-Pilot 360, a suite of technologies designed to assist drivers with avoiding collisions and other driving hazards. With the suite’s pre-collision assist, your Escape is able to detect potential collisions and apply the brakes when necessary. The blind spot information system will alert you to any vehicles that may be in your blind spot and detect any obstacles that may be behind you as you’re backing out of a parking spot. Active park assist will make parallel and perpendicular parking a breeze.
These are just some of the thrilling features that drivers can look forward to when the 2020 Escape is introduced. You can look forward to it being available for a test drive in the near future, so stay tuned.
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