By now, you’ve likely heard that Ford is killing all of its passenger cars except for the Mustang. With no more Fiesta, Fusion, Focus or Taurus in the U.S., the automaker is channeling all of its energy toward crossovers, trucks and SUVs — and that’s why the all-new 2020 Ford Escape looks the way it does.
Set to hit dealerships in the fall, the new compact crossover looks decidedly carlike with that long, swoopy front end, that lower roofline, the much more carlike proportions. This is what America wants to buy these days, and Ford is delivering.
There are elements of Porsche and Mazda styling in there, from the trapezoidal grille that recalls the Mustang’s own front end to the wide, down-swept taillights. It’s longer, lower and wider than the Escape it replaces, and even sheds 200 pounds in the process thanks to copious use of high-strength steel.