When a third escape generation hit the market in 2013, Ford switched to a crossover platform to increase comfort, handling, mileage, and appeal to US buyers.
The fourth generation of Escape follows this approach, but it still looks slimmer, in part, to have some distance from the reborn Bronco model that Ford will launch in 2020.
"We want a really differentiated styling." The silhouette of the new escape is very elegant. dynamic – progressive. The off-road model [Bronco] will be more upright and edgier, "said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's executive vice president for product development.
The Escape Cabin will also adopt a refined, car-like look that reflects the fact that Ford expects it will pick up many shoppers who might otherwise lose out on well-known limousine nameplates like Fiesta, Focus, and Fusion over the next few years.
Escape is loaded with the kind of high-tech younger shoppers expect features including Ford's latest Sync infotainment system, which is now suitable for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and will offer a range of advanced driver assistance features known as Co-Pilot 360, including automatic emergency braking and blind Spot detection and the ability to park yourself in a tight spot.
As far as the drive is concerned, the 2020 Esc It started with two gas engines, including the highly charged 2.0-liter EcoBoost Inline 4 engine with 250 liters of power and 273 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid will combine a 2.5-liter gas engine with an electric motor to increase mileage, although Ford has not released any final EPA numbers.
The plug-in hybrid, the first in the segment, will be able to advance the 2020 Escape for up to 30 miles in all-electric mode with a larger battery pack. With a 240-volt Level 2 charger, the same type that many homeowners add, the charge time for a discharged battery is about 3.5 hours.
In the more robust version of the Escape, Ford is only giving hints at the moment Thai-Tang said an "off-road version" is under development and will debut later this year.
Prices will be released in the coming weeks, but the base Ford 2020 is expected to surpass the current entry-level model, which starts at around $ 24,1
Disclosure: Paul Eisenstein is a freelancer for CNBC. Ford paid for his transport and accommodation at the New York International Auto Show.