Even while we still celebrate the release of the 2018 model some few months ago, Ford is already rolling back its sleeves to get back to work on a new model – the 2019 Ford Escape. What’s with hurry? Some might ask. See, the small crossover segment is one that provides a literally dizzying array of choices for buyers shopping in this segment.
The ‘hurry’ in question comes to play when a well-known brand like Ford wants to maintain its competitive edge in such a crowded market place. The new 2019 Ford Escape model and almost all of its predecessors before it enjoy a reputation for impressive utility functions, impressive voice-command interface, and an array of engine options.
The Ford Escape received a major redesign change for the 2017 model year that also brought in a totally new trim model christened Escape SEL trim model. The SEL trim was a strategic addition that brought in impressive value for the buck. Sitting between the top-of-the-trim Escape Titanium and the Escape SE model, the Escape SEL brought with it features such as rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power lift-gate, Sync 3 tech interface, 18-inch wheels, and power adjustable side mirrors. Previously, all these features could only be had by opting for the top-dog Platinum model.
In addition to the new trim model, Ford also introduced an updated smartphone integration feature that now included Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity features. Others include a new four cylinder engine and a small-item storage area. The four-cylinder is a 2.5L one that is able to generate a decent output of around 168 horsepower and 170 pounds-feet of torque. Also available in the current lineup of Escapes are the optional 1.5L Eco-Boost four-cylinder and the 2.0L Eco-Boost engines.
The 1.5L mill is able to generate 170 horsepower and 177 pounds feet of torque while the 2.0L one is able to put out 245 horsepower and 275 pounds feet of torque. Regardless of the engine, the power eventually is taken up by the 6-speed auto which then feeds it to either the FWD or the AWD system.
We are yet to figure out what the 2019 Ford Escape holds for its model year and would be interesting to see whether or not Ford will bring another creative idea to the table as it did with the 2018 model. Good for you, we have clues which we’ll share in a bit in our rendering below. And in the meantime it’s a rendering folks! So be sure not to sue us.
2019 Ford Escape Release Date and Price
Price should be around the current model’s $27,895. Its release date on the other hand should be around August 2018.
Engine Specs – 2019 Ford Escape
Available under the hood of the Escape should be an optional 1.5L Eco-Boost four-cylinder and 2.0L Eco-Boost engines.
The 1.5L mill should be able to generate 170 horsepower and 177 pounds feet of torque while the 2.0L one should be able to put out 245 horsepower and 275 pounds feet of torque. Regardless of the engine choice, the power should eventually be taken up by the 6-speed auto which should then feed it to either the FWD or the AWD system.
2019 Ford Escape Interior Photos & Exterior Design
Our rendering reveals that the new model will just return almost the same as the current model save for some subtle changes on the exterior and interior departments like colors and upholstery changes, etc., It’s too early for us to jump to conclusions but an update will follow closely once the necessary info is made available.
Even before we start let’s start first by analyzing how the competition is like. One word would best describe it – ferocious! Maybe a bit dramatic but that’s how bad it is in this segment especially when you come to think of it, see, the 2019 Ford Escape will have to face off with some of the most respected small crossover SUV’s available in the market today. These include Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, GMC Terrain, Chevrolet Equinox, Mazda CX-5, and Kia Sportage.
The most brutal competition according to our prediction will be staged by the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V. Both are respected leaders in this class of cars and offer anything from a spacious interior and fuel efficient hybrid variants to an amazing array of standard safety features. Only time will tell on which one will outdo the other.
Although it might be too early for us to offer a solid conclusion at this point in time, we still know a thing or two based on information we’ve collated over the last couple of weeks. Truth be told, the new 2019 Ford Escape just like all of its predecessor’s before it, will more or less return unchanged or tag along very few ones for that matter. The lack of a dramatic change for the 2019 model year is because Ford hasn’t announced and won’t be announcing any change of its build architecture anytime soon if recent news are to go by, and as such the model will largely return in its current form save for some subtle changes here and there.
The Ford Escape leads the pack when it comes to offering an engaging ride quality. But we also think the Mazda CX-5 would be a potent choice in this regard. Other advantages include an excellent tech interface and large cargo area. But it isn’t without flaws and some of these might be apparent on the dashboard design, which looks and feels a bit outdated by conventional standards. The fuel economy ratings are dismal, and the 1.5L four-cylinder engine lacks the punch that a crossover would want sitting beneath its hood.
In overall though, we still find the 2019 Ford Escape will still manage to outperform its flaws and therefore remain an exciting choice for buyers shopping in this category of cars. We recommend buyers to go for the Escape SEL model, which we think packs a lot more value than the rest. Those not willing to shy away from a heftier price tag might want the even more value-oriented Escape Platinum model.