Even while consumers are still celebrating the debut of the 2018 model, Ford is already rolling back its sleeves for an all-new 2019 Ford Escape. Some might ask why the manufacturer is in such a hurry. See, buyers in this particular segment prefers small crossovers that provide the dizzying array of choices. Apparently, a popular brand like Ford wants to maintain a competitive edge in such a crowded market segment and that answers the questions as to “why the hurry?’
The current generation of Ford Escape was released back in 2013 though it has been around since 2012 bearing the name Kuga. The car received major design change in 2017 that saw the entry of a new Escape SEL trim, sitting between Escape Titanium and Escape SE trim models.
For the 2019 model, prepare for a mid-cycle uplift with impressive utility functions, revised exterior and interior as well as an array of powertrain options. Reliable reports suggest that the automaker is working on a top end hybrid variant, going by the name Escape Energi, which will act as a perfect replacement for the current C-MAX Energi.
2019 Ford Escape Adopts the C1 Platform
The upcoming 2019 Ford Escape has been spotted undergoing testing in Michigan. It adopts the C1 platform, which is also featured in Ford Focus. It features a wider and longer chassis than its predecessors.
The wheelbase also gets longer with a wider track width. With larger body dimensions, the new Ford Escape appears more crossover than before. Consumers should expect a mildly redesigned fascia, characterized by the trapezoidal grille and new wraparound LED headlamps, giving it a fresh appearance.
Going by the spy shots taken during its testing, the new Escape will continue with its impressive athletic styling. It gets a new roof-line as well as new 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels. Among the standard exterior features are power-adjustable side mirrors, power-lift gate, rear parking sensors and others.
2019 Ford Escape Interior Design
With longer and wider exterior dimensions, the 2019 Ford Escape gets more spacious inside. The car will be very roomy with plenty of legroom and headroom. We are not anticipating major redesign inside though you should prepare yourself for a comfier interior. The cabin features leather-wrapped steering wheel, sync 3 tech interface, revised smartphone integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
2019 Ford Escape Powertrain
It is still early hard to predict the powertrain changes for upcoming Ford Escape. However, we are expecting the car to maintain the previous engine. The base version should be powered by a 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine capable of producing 170 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque.
Top ranging versions will be fitted with larger 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder petrol engine that provides 245 hp. Regardless of the powertrain, it comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The model comes with front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive system (AWD). There are also rumors that Ford is going to introduce a hybrid powertrain for the 2019 Ford Escape model.
2019 Ford Escape Expected Release Date and Price
The upcoming Ford Escape should go on sale in the mid-2018 as 2019 model. In the European markets comes with name Kuga. The base price will likely be close to the current model’s which range from around $24,000.