Our spies have spotted the 2019 Ford Escape undergoing some rigorous test drives in Michigan, United States. The inbound Escape model features extended dimensions along with a mildly revamped fascia. Also, it will come with a hybrid powertrain for the first time in its history.
The spy images snapped in Michigan indicate that the redesigned Escape highlights Ford’s athletic styling. The front fascia is sporting a trapezoidal grille and wraparound headlamps, which receive a mild refresh to provide a new look. The next Ford Escape rides on new alloy wheels, and the interior segment is set to convey an overhauled dashboard with all-new creature comforts.
2019 Ford Escape – Stylish and Eye-Catching SUV
The exterior of the 2019 Ford Escape is both stylish and eye-catching. It features an updated grille, a revised front side fender, and reimagined fog lights. We can see that the front lights are set to receive new Guided lights. Ford has elongated the new Escape’s wheelbase for more stability than before.
LEDs also sport new lighting fixtures in addition to wall mirrors. The 2019 Ford Escape will also receive a rewritten roof and revived lighting alloy rims. Entry-level models ride on 17-inch wheels, followed by 18-inch wheel options while top-spec variants feature 19-inch wheels. The inbound Ford Escape comes with dozens of modern characteristics and telescoping leather controls.
The car seats are made out of high-quality leather-based materials, and even introductory class will showcase these seats. Furthermore, this car model has the current user interface with new infotainment MyFord system. The interface gets such programs as automatic climate management, modern audio system, 8-inch touchscreen display, electronic digital stability control, and USB 2.0 among others.
The 2019 Escape model will equally encompass a variety of technology attributes, including security systems and infotainment programs. Ford will hook the new Escape with Sync Connect, enabling a driver to remotely access the vehicle through applications on the Smartphone. The safety aspect of the 2019 Ford Escape will include automatic collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and automatic emergency braking.
2019 Ford Escape – Powertrain and Gearbox
Under the hood of the 2019 Ford Escape is a 2.5-liter IVCT 4-cylinder engine which outputs 168-horsepower and 230 Nm pound of torque. Another engine variant is a 1.5-liter Eco Boost 4-cylinder, which yields anywhere between 178 Nm and 249 Nm.
The third engine variant is the most robust one in the range. It comes as a 2.0-liter Eco Boost option that evolves 245-horsepower and a maximum of 275 Nm pounds of torque. All these engine alternatives utilize a 6-speed automatic gearbox, and the vehicle comes standard with the front-wheel drive.
2019 Ford Escape – Availability, Pricing and Rivals
Ford announced on Friday that the 2019 Ford Escape would become available at Ford’s dealerships in May next year. Its production is ongoing at the company’s Louisville Manufacturing facility. Ford is yet to reveal how this compact SUV will be priced, but we think the entry-level version starts at $24,000 while the top-ranking variant will command up to $37,000.
It has been reported that the company is planning to release a high-end hybrid option known as the Escape Energi. This variant will become available in the last quarter of next year, and it is set to substitute the C-MAX Energi. Ford is selling the Escape in the European markets as the Kuga.
The upcoming Ford Escape will rival with a number of vehicles for a common market share. It is set to take on the likes of Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Volkswagen Tiguan, and Nissan Rogue.