I have some green news from the Blue Oval. Ford is definitely making an electrified version of its new-generation Escape. Interestingly, word on the street is that this new model will have both hybrid and PHEV powertrains. Still, I have to say that there’s no additional info regarding the drivetrains at the moment.
So, you are probably wondering how I know that the prototype hides an electric motor on one of the axels. Well, that’s thanks to the interior image that shows gauge in the cluster. The feature counts kilowatts without any doubt. In addition to the most revealing detail, the cabin also shows a tablet-like infotainment screen, as well as fewer buttons. Though, it’s important to say that the redesigned crossover loses its most attractive detail at the moment – the terrific air vents.
As for the exterior styling, well, the 2020 Ford Escape is definitely getting a more attractive design which will largely resemble the Focus Active wagon. Up front, the crossover hosts new grille, air intakes, and headlights, which create a one really happy face. The SUV continues to mirror the wagon around the back as well, but it sits on totally new wheels that look quite interesting.
The eye-catching design, hybrid power, and new tech is something that will attract new buyers without any doubt. However, what’s going to be with those that rather prefer gasoline models? There will be several straight gasoline options of course. The base 2020 Escape will come paired with 180hp and 200 lb-ft 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine. On the other hand, the more potent model will feature a 2.0-liter four cylinder that pumps out 260 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of twist. Both mills come from EcoBoost family of course, and both mills will come mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission which was made in collaboration with General Motors.
The redesigned 2020 Ford Escape will be officially introduced before summer, so it should hit the showrooms this fall.