Competes with: Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4
Looks like: A cleaner, sleeker Escape with plenty of luxe SUV cues
Drivetrains: 180-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder or 250-hp, turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder, both with eight-speed automatic transmissions; Escape hybrid, plug-in hybrid have 2.5-liter four-cylinder with electric motor and continuously variable automatic-style transmission that makes 198 hp (hybrid) or 209 hp (PHEV); front- or all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Fall 2019; PHEV arrives spring 2020
If you wondered why the Ford Escape was conspicuously missing in Cars.com’s just-published 2019 Compact SUV Challenge, it’s because Ford had a redesign of its popular SUV just ’round the corner. Said corner has been rounded: Today, Ford unveiled the redesigned, fourth-generation Escape.
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Set to arrive in the fall for the 2020 model year, the new Escape carries engines of the same displacement as its predecessor, but it shares new underpinnings with the not-for-America Focus redesign and Lincoln’s forthcoming Corsair. (Lincoln is Ford’s luxury division.) For the first time since 2012, Ford will also offer an Escape Hybrid, on sale at the same time as the regular Escape. Come spring 2020, the lineup will add its final piece in the Escape Plug-in Hybrid, also sold as a 2020 model. With those four available drivetrains, the Escape will come in five trim levels: S, SE, SE Sport, SEL and Titanium.