Ford has started the new generation of its compact Escape
crossover. In 2020 we will see many changes and a slightly
increased price. It brings a hybrid and plug-in hybrid. While
the vehicle is still fresh, we can read the first rumors about
the 2021 Ford Escape. The crossover will be unchanged for the
following season, and only changes we could see on it are going
to be based on the first impressions. Buyers will soon have
first complains and designers will have tasks to fix issues.
The highlight of the fourth generation of the Escape crossover
is its look. Ford is quitting on car segment in the US. But,
the 2021 Ford Escape will fill this vacant spot. Yes, this is
still a crossover, but the shape is definitely car-esque.
Another major upgrade is a hybrid drivetrain with the plug-in
option. Per reports, this version is going to return almost
unrealistic 39 mpg.
2021 Ford Escape Changes
Compared to the model for next season, whose sales will start
in the last quarter of this year, the 2021 Ford Escape will be
unchanged. That means all updates the fourth generation is
bringing stay put. Styling is much smoother and it feels like
Ford is trying to fill empty spots in the car segment. The
crossover is going to be lower than before, which means the
off-road drive is not its main purpose. The vehicle maybe looks
smaller, but it actually offers more space inside. Behind rear
seats, the new Escape will come with storage space of 38 cubic
feet. That is 4 cu.ft. more than before. Some say the third row
could be fitted there.
Standard features for the 2021 Ford Escape will remain the same
as for the 2020 year model. Only the base trim is missing Apple
CarPlay and Android Auto. An eight-inch display is the center
of a dashboard. Cluster screen is 12-inch wide. USB upgrades
ports to C level at higher trim levels. Top of the class models
will come with premium B&O audio system. Safety will also
get upgrades, with Co-Pilot360 being standard with blind-spot
and lane departure warnings, automatic braking, and adaptive
2021 Ford Escape Petrol Engines
The new 2021 Ford Escape will use two petrol drivetrains from
the previous generation. The base crossover is going to use a
1.5-liter turbocharged inline-three unit with the capability to
produce 180 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. Ford boosted the fuel
economy and the new Escape is going to return 28 mpg combined.
An eight-speed automatic transmission this time sends power to
either front or all wheels. Previously, Escape was the FWD
A more powerful engine is a four-cylinder 2.0-liter drivetrain.
Also equipped with turbochargers, it creates 5 hp more than
before for 250 horsepower total. Torque output stays at 275
lb-ft. The same gearbox is a power router for this engine. Fuel
economy will be the cost paid for the extra power. The gas
mileage drops to 24 mpg FWD and 23 mpg AWD. This engine will
offer the maximum towing capacity with 3,500 pounds.
Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid
The biggest addition to the new generation is a hybrid model.
According to rumors, the new 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid will
return up to 39 mpg. The company is using a 2.5-liter
four-cylinder engine, previously used as a naturally-aspirated
unit for the standard model. Back then, it was able to make 170
hp and 170 lb-ft of torque while returning 29 mpg on the
highway. Previously, there were two hybrid editions for this
crossover. In 2004 it was rated 25 mpg combined, and in 2012 –
32 mpg. Now, with 35 mpg average, it is a significant gain. For
example, Nissan Rogue Hybrid consumes the same amount of fuel
on the highway. On the other hand, Toyota Rav4 returns 40 mpg.
The plug-in hybrid will be available as the first update and it
will probably come as 2021 Ford Escape PHEV. The company didn’t
release details about this version, but we found out that the
range of driving it with electric power only is 30 miles.
A three-row compact crossover is something that definitely
draws a lot of attention. Some bigger models don’t offer such
configuration. However, the latest speculations are saying that
Ford considers adding the third row for its fresh model. With
the extra space we were talking about, it might be possible,
but the third row would be really tight. On the other hand, the
extended cabin would offer more space. But, that will require a
lot of changes and modifications in other areas.
2021 Ford Escape Full Pricing List
The base Escape will cost more than we got used to. The base
version will cost $25,000. The 2021 Ford Escape Platinum is the
most expensive trim you can purchase. All the premium options
this model adds will increase the price by more than $15,000.
Ford will also offer a few mid-range crossovers to fill the gap
with different configurations.