The Ford Escape was one of the people responsible for popularizing the compact SUV segment exactly two decades ago. The 2021 model is now ready and corresponds to the fourth generation, created from a completely new platform, with unprecedented technology in the segment and a wide range of mechanical options, including a pair of hybrids.
If in your appearance you find much in common with the new Focus, it is because both models were developed from the same C2 platform and share an aesthetic trend. Ford mentions that the Escape 2021 is inspired by the sports models of the house: the grill comes from the sixth-generation Mustang and the fascia of the GT.
Exterior dimensions change to make it wider, longer, and lower, while also being more aerodynamic. The cabin promises a high use of interior space thanks to a sliding second row, capable of making it the C-SUV with more legroom or benefitting cargo volume, with a capacity of 1,061 liters.
Ford promises that the Escape 2021 is its best performing compact SUV and that it is a lot of fun to drive. The new platform allows you to increase your stiffness, improve ride quality and reduce your weight; depending on versions, the Escape gets rid of up to 90 kg compared to the previous generation.
The range of engines is very wide. The smallest corresponds to a new 1.5-liter EcoBoost block, capable of generating 180 hp and 177 lb-ft. It has deactivation of cylinders to reduce fuel; You can reactivate them in a matter of 14 milliseconds so as not to compromise smooth handling.
The other gasoline engine is exclusive to the Titanium version: a 250-liter, 275 pound-foot EcoBoost 2.0-liter. This, like the 1.5-liter, are associated with a new eight-speed automatic transmission and can be ordered with all-wheel drive.
One of the main novelties of the Escape 2021 is the arrival of two hybrid versions. The first corresponds to the fourth generation of Ford’s hybrid system and includes a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle atmospheric engine, assisted by an electric propeller, which together develop 198 hp and can run in electric mode up to 136 km / h. Ford estimates a range of 885 km.
Within a year a second hybrid variant with plug-in technology will join the range. This Escape Plug-in Hybrid can be recharged in 3.5 hours connected to a 240 V Level 2 outlet. Depending on the brand, its electric autonomy will be more than 48 km.
All the technology Ford has developed for its production models is present in the new Escape, starting with the number of displays. Now you can equip a 12.3 “digital instrument cluster with 3D graphics, as well as a new head-up display — available for the first time on the continent — and an SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8” display. It is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and can incorporate a 10-speaker B&O sound system.
Thanks to the FordPass Connect system, passengers can connect up to 10 devices to the 4G LTE network via WiFi. The system also allows owners to remotely access the vehicle through the phone, from where they can open or close the doors, locate the car and even start it.
In terms of security there is also an important evolution. In addition to including as standard the entire range of assistances in the Ford Co-Pilot 360 package, with autonomous emergency brake and pedestrian detection, the brand offers its customers adaptive cruise control with stop & go function and centering function in the lane.
The two newest security systems in the Escape 2021 are the second generation of Active Park Assist, capable of automatically parking the vehicle in parallel or perpendicular, without requiring the driver to touch the gear lever, steering wheel, accelerator or brake. The second system is called Evasive Steering Assist: it detects slow-moving objects or static vehicles and provides steering assistance to avoid an impending collision.
The fourth generation Ford Escape will be available in the United States in S, SE, SE Sport, SEL and Titanium versions starting this fall; the units will be manufactured at Ford’s facility in Louisville, Kentucky. The 2021 model is likely to arrive in Mexico later this year.
Upon reaching the market, the Ford Escape 2021 will compete against long-standing models, such as Toyota RAV4, VW Tiguan 2021, Nissan X-Trail 2021, KIA Sportage 2021, Hyundai Tucson 2021, Honda CR-V 2021, among others.