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The Ford Escape is a compact, two-seat crossover utility vehicle (CUV) that sits between the Ford EcoSport and the Ford Edge within the Ford lineup. For the 2020 model year, the Escape received a complete overhaul, consisting of a redesign and re-engineering, representing the first model year of the third-generation Escape.

Changes, Updates, New Features

The 2020 Ford Escape is all-new from the ground up. Here’s what we expect from Ford’s compact crossover.

Exterior

  • All-new, more car-like exterior design that is substantially different from the last-generation Ford Escape
  • Escape SE Sport gets unique exterior cues like model-specific grille and wheels
  • Lower loading floor and rear hatch opening for easier cargo loading

Interior

  • All-new interior, delivering a more space-efficient design, greater comfort, and more space for passengers and cargo
  • All-new in-vehicle technology, including an updated version of the Ford Sync 3 infotainment system, 4G LTE with Wi-Fi.
  • Escape SE and above get a standard 8-inch touch screen
  • All trim levels come with a fully digital gauge cluster
  • Ten-speaker, 575-watt B&O by Bang & Olufson sound system offered as standard equipment on higher trim levels
  • Five-passenger seating with second row that can transform into a flat loading floor

Body Styles

The 2020 Ford Escape continues to be offered as a two-row compact crossover SUV (CUV). Total number of doors is five (including the hatch). The 2020 Ford Escape only comes in one body style no matter which trim level is selected.

However, unique styling cues are applied to Escape SE Sport and Escape Titanium to distinguish them from the rest of the lineup.

Model line

  • Escape S
  • Escape SE
  • Escape SE Sport
  • Escape SEL
  • Escape Titanium

Powertrain

The 2020 Ford Escape has a total of four distinct powertrains. Let’s take a closer look at the Escape’s powertrain options.

Engines and Transmissions

EngineAspirationHorsepowerTorqueTransmission
1.5L EcoBoost I3Turbo180177Eight-speed automatic
2.0L EcoBoost I4Turbo250275Eight-speed automatic
2.5L hybrid I4Atmospheric198N/AContinuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
2.5L plug-in hybrid I4Atmospheric209N/AContinuously Variable Automatic (CVT)

Models

The 2020 Ford Escape sees several changes to the model lineup. The new model lineup is as follows:

Drive WheelsTrim LevelEngine
FWDS1.5L EcoBoost I3
AWDS1.5L EcoBoost I3
FWDSE1.5L EcoBoost I3
AWDSE1.5L EcoBoost I3
FWDSE2.5L hybrid I4
AWDSE2.5L hybrid I4
FWDSE2.5L plug-in hybrid I4
FWDSEL1.5L EcoBoost I3
AWDSEL1.5L EcoBoost I3
AWDSEL2.0L EcoBoost I4
FWDSEL2.5L plug-in hybrid I4
FWDSE Sport2.5L hybrid I4
AWDTitanium2.0L EcoBoost I4
FWDTitanium2.5L hybrid I4
AWDTitantium2.5L hybrid I4
FWDTitanium2.5L plug-in hybrid I4

Platform

All variations of the third-generation Ford Escape ride on the Ford C2 platform shared with the following vehicles:

Production

The 2020 Ford Escape is assembled in Louisville, Kentucky, United States alongside the Lincoln Corsair. The Escape is also assembled in Chongqing, China where it is sold as the Ford Kuga.

Availability

The 2020 Ford Escape follows the regular Ford model year rollover sequence. We expect the new Escape to be launched at the third quarter of the 2019 calendar year.

Beyond 2020

We expect the current, third-generation Ford Escape to remain into production for at least the next four-years. As we write this, there are no plans to update the vehicle yet since this is an all-new Ford Escape launched for the 2020 model year.

Discussion

Discuss the 2020 Ford Escape in our Ford forum.

News

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Specifications

Overview

Model2020 Ford Escape
Body styleCompact crossover (CUV)
DrivelineTransverse front engine, front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive
ConstructionUnitized welded steel body
Manufacturing locationLouisville, Kentucky, United States / Chongqing, China
Key competitorsHonda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, Mazda CX-5, Chevrolet Equinox, Jeep Cherokee, Mitsubishi Outlander, Volkswagen Tiguan, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, GMC Terrain, Subaru Forester

Engines and Transmissions

EngineAspirationHorsepowerTorqueTransmission
1.5L EcoBoost I3Turbo180177Eight-speed automatic
2.0L EcoBoost I4Turbo250275Eight-speed automatic
2.5L hybrid I4Atmospheric198N/AContinuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
2.5L plug-in hybrid I4Atmospheric209N/AContinuously Variable Automatic (CVT)

Gear Ratios

Gear1.5L EcoBoost I32.0L EcoBoost I42.5L Hybrid I42.5L Plug-in Hybrid I4
First5.344.69N/AN/A
Second3.423.31N/AN/A
Third2.643.01N/AN/A
Fourth2.041.92N/AN/A
Fifth1.421.45N/AN/A
Sixth11N/AN/A
Seventh0.860.75N/AN/A
Eighth0.690.62N/AN/A
Final Gear Ratio3.52:1 / 3.81:1N/A / 3.47:12.91:1 / N/A2.91:1 / N/A
Reverse-4.292.96N/AN/A

Wheels and Tires

Trim LevelStandard Wheel Size & TypeStandard Tire Size & TypeOptional Wheel Size & TypeOptional Tire Size & Type
S17-inch steel with Sparkle Silver-painted covers225/65R17 all-season17-inch Shadow Silver-painted aluminum225/65R17 all-season
SE17-inch Shadow Silver-painted aluminum225/65R17 all-season17-inch Ebony painted aluminum225/65R17 all-season
SEL18-inch machined-face aluminum with dark stainless-painted pockets225/60R18 all-season19-inch machined-face aluminum with Ebony-painted pockets225/55R19 all-season
SE Sport17-inch Ebony painted aluminum225/65R17 all-season19-inch machined-face aluminum with Ebony-painted pockets225/55R19 all-season
Titanium19-inch machined aluminum with dark tarnished painted pockets225/55R19 all-seasonN/A225/55R19 all-season

Brakes

LocationType
FrontDisc brakes with ABS
RearDisc brakes with ABS

Dimensions

Exterior DimensionsValue (in inches)
Wheelbase106.7
Total vehicle length180.5
Total vehicle height68.6
Width (including mirrors)85.6
Front track62.4
Rear track61.8

Interior Dimensions Value (in inches)
Head room (first row)40
Head room (second row)39.3
Leg room (first row)42.4
Leg room (second row) gasoline engines38.8
Leg room (second row) hybrid engines37.1

Capacities

Capacities Value
Seating capacity5
Passenger volume140 cu-ft
Cargo volume behind 2rd row32.8 cu-ft
Cargo volume behind 1st row63.2 cu-ft
Base curb weight FWD 1.5L I33299 lb
Base curb weight AWD 1.5L I34,464 lb
Base curb weight FWD 2.0L I43,399 lb
Base curb weight AWD 2.0L I43.551 lb
Base curb weight FWD 2.5L hybrid3,554 lb
Base curb weight AWD 2.5L hybrid3,706 lb
Base curb weight FWD 2.5L plug-in hybrid3,884 lb

Pricing

Pricing will be published here once it is announced by Ford.

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