The new Ford Escape compact SUV

Ford is reimagining the vehicle that helped fuel the sector's popularity with the sleek new Escape, which has the compact SUV's best-ever performance, versatility, and clever new technology.

The new Ford Escape Escape, which introduced the world's first hybrid SUV in 2005, returns with two hybrid options: a conventional hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. New technology spans from driving modes and driver-assist functions to electric vehicles inventiveness and onboard networking.

"This all-new Escape features a leaner, sportier design that can take you on almost any of life's experiences," said Kumar Galhotra, Ford's North American president. "Customers will spend less time at the petrol station and more time on the road with our class-leading hybrid powertrains."

Designers drew inspiration from some of Ford's most high-profile sports vehicles to give the all-new Escape a sportier appearance. For example, the trapezoidal grille in a shield style is influenced by the sixth-generation Mustang, while the Ford GT inspires the lower front end. As a result, the new Ford Escape is lower, broader, and longer than the existing model.

The new Ford Escape (Ford Kuga in Europe) is the most aerodynamic to date, with a sloping roofline, improved liftgate spoiler and strake, and efficient underbody. Meanwhile, it is lighter than the present model by more than 200 pounds, thanks partly to the extensive use of high-strength, lightweight steel.

According to the EPA, every model in the portfolio, whether powered by one of two EcoBoost engines or the all-new hybrid powertrains, aims for 400 miles per tank. The basic front-wheel-drive hybrid aims for a best-in-class EPA-estimated range of more than 550 miles.

New powertrains and gearbox systems, weight savings, better aerodynamics, and an upgraded suspension system add to one obvious fact: this is the best-performing, most fun-to-drive Escape ever.

Ford Kuga Plug-in Hybrid

All-wheel drive is offered on gas-powered versions as well as the basic hybrid. EcoBoost versions get a new quick-shifting 8-speed automatic gearbox for fast, snappy shifting, while every Escape gets a revised suspension and better isolation with a new isolated rear subframe.

The brand-new 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine is expected to generate 250 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque while utilizing 93 octane fuel and achieving a 0-60 mph speed up to 10% quicker than the previous 2.0-liter. In addition, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine has a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds when correctly equipped.

The new 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine, which comes standard on the S, SE, and SEL trims, will generate 180 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque on 93 octane fuel. It can tow 2,000 pounds when correctly constructed. To help save gasoline, the 1.5-liter EcoBoost introduces cylinder deactivation, a Ford first for North America, which detects when one cylinder isn't needed and immediately shuts it down.

Ford's revolutionary fourth-generation hybrid powertrain technology, which features an all-new 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle hybrid engine and electronic continuously variable gearbox, comes standard on SE Sport and Titanium versions. In electric-only mode, the front-wheel-drive hybrid vehicle is expected to produce 198 hp and a peak speed of 85 mph.

The plug-in hybrid version, which is available on all trim levels except S and SE Sport, is expected to have a best-in-class EPA-estimated range of at least 30 miles in electric-only mode. A Level 1 / Level 2 AC charging connection is available on the Escape Plug-In Hybrid. The anticipated time to completely charge the battery with a 110-volt Level 1 charge is 10 to 11 hours. Charging time is diminished to around 3.5 hours when using a 240-volt Level 2 charge.

Sliding second-row seats on petrol engine-powered cars provide best-in-class maximum second-row legroom with the seats fully retracted and greater knee clearance and footwell length for a more comfortable ride.

When the second-row seats go fully forward, the rear cargo compartment expands by around six inches, providing 37.5 cubic feet of storage space in gas engine-powered versions (cargo and load capacity limited by weight and weight distribution). The cargo space is large enough to hold four sets of golf clubs or a full-size dog kennel. Second-row sliding seats are standard on all Ford Escape models.

The new Ford Escape Hybrid cleverly places its liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery behind the second-row seats rather than taking up a large amount of the luggage area. The regular hybrid's briefcase-shaped battery is around one-third the size of the previous Escape Hybrid battery.

With a standard selectable drive mode system across the lineup, Ford Escape owners can easily choose the driving experience they want – or the one that the conditions require. Normal, eco, sport, and slippery modes, as well as snow and sand conditions, are available.

Titanium versions now include a brand-new heads-up display, a first for Ford in North America. The function displays information on a 6-inch screen, allowing drivers to quickly access vital data such as car speed without taking their eyes off the road.

FordPass Connect is a standard feature that delivers 4G LTE Wi-Fi for up to ten mobile devices with a suitable wireless subscription plan. FordPass Connect also provides drivers with remote access to their Escape, allowing them to lock, unlock, locate, and start the car using their smartphone, as well as monitor crucial vehicle diagnostics. An 8-inch touch screen, standard on SE versions and above communicates with the optional 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster, which shows vital vehicle information such as the speedometer and fuel level.