The 2021 Ford Escape comes to the market after the recent thorough makeover and Ford doesn’t have much room for improvement. Still, Ford promised to expand already broad model lineup and the plug-in hybrid version should join in the late 2020 model year or for the 2021 version. Ford should also add new color options for the next season and there sound also be a new appearance package or special edition version.
Buyers will again have the chance to choose between two turbocharged powertrains with either three of four cylinders or shift to the green technologies and pick the hybrid or plug-in hybrid version. There will also be various equipment levels to satisfy a variety of buyers.
With the Ford Escape, the customers will also enjoy the quiet ride and responsive road manners while the versatile interior loaded with the newest tech will also provide high comfort and sizable cargo capacity.
2021 Ford Escape: Design
The 2021 Ford Escape will keep going in the current form which is the fresh four-generation design. The plug-in hybrid version will also be almost identical to the hybrid and gas-powered models.
The recently introduced fourth-generation Escape is based on the Ford C2 platform which is also used for its global Kuga version and Lincoln Corsair. The new-design platform utilizes high-strength steel in high percentage which improves the structural rigidity while reducing the weight. The newest Escape version is about 200 pounds lighter than the previous iteration while it’s also longer and wider.
The next Escape won’t change also from the visual perspective. The model transformed into a sportier and more aerodynamically efficient design for the recent makeover. The Escape is lower and has a lower beltline than in the previous generation. It has also more sculpted flanks and tailgate for a sportier appearance.
Highlights of the interior and equipment:
The cabin of the next Escape will also repeat the current form which debuted for the 2020 molder year. Thanks to the recent makeover, the Escape is more comfortable in both rows and has well-organized controls. It comes also with the modern tech and safety features while providing up to 65.4 cubic feet of the cargo space.
The Escape will come with a long list of standard equipment including some active safety systems such as automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, active lane control, and automatic high beams. The first trim above the base will add the SYNC 3 informant system with an 8-inch touchscreen, heated front stets, keyless ignition automatic climate control and offer options such as a 10.4-inch digital instrument cluster, B&O sound system, etc. The mid-grade versions will include navigation, power tailgate, 19-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control and more.
More premium features like the leather upholstery, ambient lighting, parking sensors, unique trim accents, and more will appear in the top grades.
2021 Ford Escape: Powertrains, MPG
The 2021 Ford Escape will also offer various powertrain options including a pair of turbocharged units and pair of electrified setups.
The base-level powertrain will employ a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine good for 181 hp and 190 pound-feet of torque. This engine comes in the combination with the 8-speed automatic transmission and it will be available with the all-wheel drive. The fuel economy should be around 30 mpg combined with the front-wheel drive.
A more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine will provide 250 hp and peak torque of 280 pound-feet. It will also be paired with the 8-speed gearbox and should earn 26 mpg combined. With this engine under the hood, the compact Escape can tow up to 3, 500 pounds.
Buyers will also be able to get the electrified versions of the next Escape. The Escape Hybrid will use a 2.5-liter non-turbo Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine combined with the electric motor, continuously variable transmission and 1.1-kWh battery. The hybrid setup can deliver 200 hp and it should manage around 40 mph combined.
The plug-in hybrid version should come in time for the 2021 model year. It will use the same four-cylinder engine as the Escape Hybrid but the 14.4-kWh battery will be used which should provide 30 miles of the all-electric range.
2021 Ford Escape: Release, Price
The 2021 Ford Escape with the broader model range should appear in the last quarter of 2020. The model should again be available from about $25, 000. The hybrid version should start just above $30, 000.