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Here’s What’s New For The 2019 Ford Escape

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The popular Ford Escape compact crossover SUV is due for a complete overhaul (redesign and reengineering) for the 2020 model year. But until The Blue Oval launches the all-new, fourth-generation model, the 2019 Ford Escape will get a few changes for what will likely be the last year of the current model.

Following are the changes to the 2019 Escape, per information compiled by Ford Authority.


Three new colors are added to the palette:

  • Agate Black
  • Baltic Sea Green
  • Sedona Orange


The biggest change to the exterior design of the 2019 Ford Escape is the inexplicable deletion of the LED taillamps.

What’s more, the roof crossbars are now available on all trim levels as a factory invoiced accessory. Lastly, the panoramic vista roof becomes available on the SEL and Titanium trims.

The wheel lineup is made available in the following table.

Size (inches) Type/Pattern/Material Availability
17 Steel with Sparkle Silver-Painted Covers Standard on S
17 Sparkle Silver-Painted Aluminum Standard on SE and SEL, Optional on S
18 Sparkle Silver-Painted Aluminum Included in Sun and Style Package on SEL
19 Bright-Machined Aluminum with Luster Nickle-Painted Spokes and Pockets Standard on Titanium
19 Premium Ebony Black-Painted Aluminum Included in SE Sport Appearance Package
19 Painted Machined Aluminum with Black-Painted Pockets Included in SEL Sport Appearance Package


Inside, the 2019 Ford Escape sees the deletion of paddle shifters while the ActiveXTM seating material is now standard on SEL. One touch up/down front and rear windows become standard on SE and SEL. In addition, the interior cargo cover is now available as a factory invoiced accessory. Additionally, the SE trim level adds SYNC 3 and 4G Wi-Fi as standard.

We should also note that the FordPass Connect 4G Modem replaces the feature previously described as SYNC Connect.

Functional Changes

On the functional end, the 2019 Ford Escape gains remote start and intelligent access with push-button start as standard features on SE and SEL trim levels. The CD player has been deleted and the voice-activated touchscreen navigation system is no longer available on SE and SEL trims.

For those in cold weather states, an engine block heater is now available as a standalone option. Previously, it was standard in just seven cold states, but now it can be added in any region.

Final Model Year

As we mentioned earlier, we expect that the 2019 model year will be the last year for the current, third-generation Ford Escape – and that the all-new, fourth-generation model will arrive for the 2020 model year in both short- and long-wheelbase variants. We have already spied the 2020 Ford Escape undergoing testing, so stay tuned to Ford Authority for more Ford Escape news coverage.

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Written by Austin Rexinger

Austin is an automotive enthusiast from Buffalo, NY with a passion for speed. When Austin isn't writing about the auto industry you can find him racing go-karts, competing in time attack events, or autocrossing his 2017 Toyota 86—with a manual transmission, of course!

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  1. The Sun & Style Package (Panoramic Vista Roof® [Power Open/Close with Power Shade], 18” Sparkle Silver-Painted Aluminum Wheels) was available on 2018, SEL’s, at least after September 2018 build date if not before. Mine has it. There was no way to get Navigation in 2018 SEL’s either, BOMK.
    Speaking of inexplicable, the floorshift gear indicator is no longer backlit after the 2017 model year, all models, but the electric parking brake control is ?!?

  2. form the 2017 to the 2019 escape they changed a few things
    The tail lamps are not LED
    The ambient lighting is no longer in the back seat area nor in the door handles but in the other locations
    there is no CD player
    no paddle shifters

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