It’s no coincidence that Ford decided to parade the new Escape out in front of spy photographer’s cameras shortly after the debut of the new Focus. The new vehicles will share a new unibody front-wheel-drive architecture, which is said to be Ford’s equivalent to Volkswagen’s highly flexible MQB global platform. As such, they look decidedly similar, with the new Escape sporting the same low beltline and smoothed over lines as the new Focus. It will also get the same grille as the Focus and similar headlights and taillights.
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Under the hood will be Ford’s new 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine, which is offered in 148 hp and 180 hp versions in the European-spec Focus. Ford’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder may also continue in the crossover, serving in high-end trim levels and offering customers a bit more power. Ford’s nine-speed automatic transmission for FWD vehicles, which it co-developed with Detroit crosstown rivals General Motors, will be the only transmission option. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid models may also be on the cards, but likely won’t be offered from launch.
The new Escape is expected to spawn a larger three-row version, but it’s yet to be spotted. The model pictured here is a two-row vehicle with seating for five.
More information on the 2020 Ford Escape should become available as its 2019 debut date nears.
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