Ford Australia has revealed their all-new Escape SUV for the 2020 model year and it will be available to us here Down Under during the third quarter of this year and will be priced from $35,990 before on-road costs.
As headlined, the Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid will be the first electrified Ford vehicle offered to Australians, which offers up zero-emissions mobility at a reduced cost, said the brand. Apart from that, the Escape will be offered up in three trim levels, namely: base-spec, ST-Line and the new range-topping Vignale. The SUV is also offered up with all-wheel drive alongside front-wheel drive.
The 2020 Escape is constructed on the modular ‘C2’ platform which is not only stronger and more rigid than its predecessor but also allows room for electrification – such as the PHEV variant found here. The new Escape is 44mm wider, 89mm longer and has its wheelbase lengthened by 20mm over the previous model. Despite the 20mm lower overall height, the Escape brings 13mm more headroom for front occupants and 35mm additional space at the back.
Powering all variants of the Ford Escape, apart from the PHEV, is a 2.0L turbocharged engine that’s mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The EcoBoost unit produces 183kW of power and 387Nm of twist. Ford claims the combined fuel consumption for both front and all-wheel drive variants to be 8.6L/100km.
The plug-in hybrid variant pairs a 2.5-litre petrol-fed Atkinson-cycle engine with an electric motor for a combined total output of 167kW. The electric motor is consistently fed by a 14.4kWh battery pack, enabling a claimed all-electric driving range of up to 50km. The electrified Escape can be charged up via wallbox, household socket or even by the engine itself.
The Escape’s standard equipment list includes kit like 18-inch alloy wheels, a five-bar chrome-finish front grille, LED headlights and taillights, rear spoiler, twin exhaust tailpipes and 11 shades of paint to choose from.
Furthermore, the Escape gets a comprehensive standard Driver Assist Technology suite which includes: AEB, Evasive Steering Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Dynamic Brake Support, Traffic Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Centring, Driver Impairment Monitor, TPMS, Emergency Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go feature.
Moreover, each variant of the all-new 2020 Escape will receive the FordPass App with embedded modem, push-button start, wireless smartphone charger, SYNC3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto displayed via an 8-inch touchscreen, reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors. The Escape also gets 6 airbags and ISOFIX anchorage points. Spend an extra $1,000 and you’ll get the optional Technology Pack which includes Matrix glare-free headlights with Adaptive Lighting system and a configurable head-up display, which projects information such as speed, traffic sign information, navigation and emergency notifications.
The ST-Line is distinguished by its ST-specific 18-inch wheels, upper grille design, sporty front and rear bumpers, lowered suspension and larger rear spoiler. Inside, the ST-Line gets a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster behind the flat-bottom steering wheel with red stitching, and metallic foot pedals to complete the theme. It also gets front heated seats and a powered tail gate.
The range-topping Vignale trim – offered for the first in Australia in the Escape – adds features such as unique body styling, chrome front fascia, rear diffuser, 19-inch wheels (20-inch alloys are $500 options), self-levelling LED headlights, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, 10-way adjustable driver’s seat, panoramic sunroof, head-up display, 180-degree rear-view camera and an Advanced Automated Park Assist system.
- Ford Escape FWD - $35,990
- Ford Escape ST-Line FWD - $37,990
- Ford Escape ST-Line AWD - $40,990
- Ford Escape Vignale FWD - $46,590
- Ford Escape Vignale AWD - $49,590
- Ford Escape ST-Line PHEV FWD - $52,940