Escape is Ford’s successful formula for the compact crossover SUV. The model is engaging to drive and comes with diverse engine options, sharp handling and precise steering. The spacious cabin can be equipped with all modern tech and comfort features plus model looks nice on the road. Ford refreshed its best-selling SUV for the 2017 version with the new look inside and out plus two new engines and new technologies. The 2018 model also brought upgrades such as the new SEL trim, revised safety rig, etc.
The 2019 Ford Escape is the next iteration of this model and Ford will again make some changes to the equipment range. As the things now stand, the changes won’t be radical while the redesigned version is expected as the 2020 model. Then, we should also expect the plug-in hybrid version which Ford promised in 2017.
2019 Ford Escape: Design
Ford updated the styling of the Escape for the 2017 version and the 2019 Ford Escape will lack exterior tweaks. New color options, wheel designs and new special exterior packages will likely refresh the offer before the model receives the next full redesign.
The Escape is the crossover with hatchbacks-inspired styling. The model has sharply defined lines and edges for more aggressive appearance combined with the tall roofline and brand’s six-sided grille. The base model will ride on the 17-inch wheels and upper grades will bring more chrome or sporty touches alongside the larger wheel diameters.
Inside the cabin, buyers will encounter familiar curvaceous dashboard and good material and assembly quality. The model will deliver mid-class cargo space with 34 cubes behind the rear seats and 68 cubes behind the front seats.
The base version will come with the Sync interface system but upper trims will get upgraded versions with larger screens and improved features. More money will also bring upgraded upholstery, power and heating features, premium sound system and more active safety systems.
2019 Ford Escape: Powertrains
On the performance front, the 2019 Ford Escape will rely on the same engine options. The base power unit will be a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with the power of 168 ponies and torque of 170 pound-feet. A six-speed automatic transmission will be on all versions.
For the last update, Ford added a 1.5-liter turbo-4 and this engine provides 179 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. This option provides better acceleration and fuel economy than the base version. The front-wheel-drive model will return 26 mpg combined while the base powertrain earns 24 mpg combined.
The most energetic option will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This engine makes 245 hp and torque of 275 pound-feet. The fuel economy with this power option will be around 23 mpg combined with the four-wheel drive. The Escape motivated with this engine will hit 60 mph in around 7 seconds.
2019 Ford Escape: Release, Price
The 2019 Ford Escape will start at around $24k while the high-end version will reach mid-30k. The model should hit the market in late 2018.