As Ford Authority reported late last week, the front-wheel drive 2022 Ford Escape will be trading its multi-link rear suspension for a torsion-beam rear axle setup in Australia, while all-wheel drive Escapes will retain the existing multi-link suspension. This made many question if Ford would follow suit and make the same change with the crossover in the U.S. However, sources familiar with 2022 Ford Escape production plans tell Ford Authority that every U.S. market Escape will boast a multi-link rear suspension.
Regardless, the decision to change from a multi-link to a torsion-beam rear suspension is a strange one, especially given the fact that most of the Escape’s rivals in Australia utilize either a multi-link or double-wishbone rear suspension. However, a torsion-beam suspension is more efficiently packaged and less expensive than a multi-link, which are two reasons why FoMoCo might have chosen to make the switch.
The change – which applies to all front-wheel drive 2022 Ford Escape models across the series, including the base model, ST-Line, PHEV, and Vignale – also better aligns the Australian Escape with its Ford C2 platform mate, the 2022 Ford Maverick. The compact pickup utilizes a twist-beam rear suspension in all trims, while the all-wheel drive version is equipped with a multi-link trailing arm suspension, though it’s currently unclear if these two vehicles share the same exact setup, or what sort of differences might exist between the two.
Meanwhile, the 2022 Escape carries over mostly unchanged after a major redesign back in the 2020 model year, though SEL trimmed models will drop standard roof rack side rails, which will now be a standalone option for the model, as Ford Authority reported last month. The Escape is currently expected to receive a mid-cycle refresh in 2023 ahead of another redesign in 2025.