2020 Ford Escape: Here It Is, Nearly Camo-Free

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We already know all about the 2019 Ford Escape – the last model year of the current-generation model. But today, we caught our best look yet at the all-new Ford Escape, sold as the Ford Kuga in other markets. Thanks to minimal amounts of camo, we are now able to see the 2020 Ford Escape in much more detail than ever before, and we love the way it looks.

Starting up front, the new Ford Escape carries a design that resembles the recently-debuted Focus Activ, with a similar grille mesh, side mirrors, and a Ford badge placed on the tip of the nose.

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The similarities stop there, though. As you get to the side, you’ll notice a beltline that rises more gradually from the A-pillar to the C-pillar, and a rear door that looks very similar to the one on the outgoing model.

Out back, we can see Focus-esque taillights along with a longer hatch that seems to feature a larger opening and a narrow rear bumper with dual exhaust openings.

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The 2020 Ford Escape should be powered by Ford’s 1.5L EcoBoost four-cylinder engine as the volume motor, while the 2.0L EcoBoost four-cylinder will likely continue as the upscale engine offering. In Europe, the 1.5L three-cylinder is good for 180 horsepower and over 200 pound-feet of torque. The new Ford new eight-speed automatic is expected to be the sole transmission in the 2020 Escape. A hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants should also be part of the mix, considering the demise of the C-Max.

Stay tuned to Ford Authority for ongoing Ford news and 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. So another butt ugly Ford CUV that we are to drool for instead of creating attractive cars? Is up down, and down is up. We have pretend sporty cuvs, which are really less useful mini vans which allows emasculated men to pretend.

    • Ford never said you had to stop liking cars. They just said they are able to make a better return on investment elsewhere.

      I do agree somewhat though that they are basically less useful minivans. We have an 18 escape, and really like it. Drives great, all wheel drive does really well, can tow a little. But a Pacifica gets better milage and is far bigger. Somewhat of a head scratcher

  2. Cant agree at all Michael. If you don’t like, go drive your GMC (which is just a Chevrolet anyway) & let everyone else enjoy this good looking, well shaped well engineered suv.

    • Don’t care what your opinion is. Obviously, reading comprehension is not your strong point. Whether it be Ford, GM, BMW, and etc they ar just ugly minivans. I like cars. Do you understand now? Stevie.

  3. I have owned a 2005 Escape, and last year traded in for a 2017 Escape. Both are attractive at time of launch, and I still like the looks of my 2017. My son will drive in a couple years, so I might pass it to my son and look for the new 2020 or 2021 model then. It is for sure better looking than the RAV-4, CR-V, Cherokee, Rogue, Equinox, Forester … with the exception of the Mazda CX-5.

    • I am happy to read that the new Escape will return as a hybrid. Ford was the very first manufacturer for a hybrid CUV on Earth! And Ford’s Escape hybrid in 2005 was the second hybrid to enter mass production after the Toyota Prius, so it is a worthy contender to fight against the import hybrids.

  4. I just hope the 2020 Escape offers the full Copilot 360 set of safety features. I bought out my 2016 lease because I would’ve had to up to move up to a 2019 Edge to get the full package. And don’t lose the keypad entry and capless filler!

  5. I truly hope it’s bigger than the current Escape. Honda CR-V sales increased when it was made slightly larger and more powerful. Nissan Rogue sales skyrocketed when the significantly larger Rogue was introduced. The same should happen with the new Toyota RAV4. Even Gov’t Motors Equinox outsold the Escape by 60,000 units in 2018.

    Oh, let’s give a shoutout to our leader of the criminal world for imposing tariffs that make building these cars outside the US unprofitable and the UAW contracts that make building them in the US too expensive causing Ford to kill the Fiesta, Focus, Taurus and Fusion AND Chevy to kill all their gas cars except for the Malibu. So now all young drivers will have to start with small Asian cars, which can somehow be profitably made in the US, and aspire / move up to … probably Asian SUVs.

    Let’s touch base in 2025 when Volkswagen buys Ford and Toyota attempts to buy GM.

  6. I do hope it grows a bit bigger but not by to much.Yes deffenently keep the capless filler and the excellent ford heated front screen,CD player.

  7. I think it looks a lot better than the current one and a bit like a mini Edge. I hope it gets a little more width too.

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