ALL-NEW FORD ESCAPE INTRODUCES PREMIUM VIGNALE SPECIFICATION AND BRINGS NEXT-GEN TECHNOLOGY INCLUDING FORDPASS CONNECTIVITY AND EFFICIENT HYBRID POWERTRAIN TO AUSTRALIA .
Due into showrooms in Q3 of 2020, the all-new Ford Escape rides on an all-new platform (C2) with advanced technology, featuring an embedded modem called FordPass Connect which brings with it an array of convenient remote vehicle functionality and connected services such as remote vehicle lock and unlock.
FordPass also features several services that are designed to simplify customers’ ownership experience such as roadside assistance, the ability to schedule a service online and check their recent service history, their owners’ manual, and even a convenient way to get in touch with a ‘Ford Guide’, who can assist – by phone or email – with any queries about connected services. The Escape also continues with Ford’s Emergency Assist as standard, which is designed to call ‘000’ in an emergency when a smartphone is connected. This reduces the response time of emergency services in the event of an incident.
Standard in every Escape is Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility, built-in voice activated sat-nav and compatibility with apps including Waze and Spotify. The large display screen also doubles as a full-colour reversing camera, with both front and rear parking sensors standardised across the 2020 Escape range.
Power comes courtesy of two powertrains with a mix of front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models. All Escapes feature a 2.0L EcoBoost powertrain that develops 183kW/387Nm mated to an advanced 8-speed paddleshift transmission. The Escape PHEV, which has its own 2.5L four-cylinder Atkinson cycle/electric powertrain, electric motor and generator, and 14.4kWh lithium-ion battery to produce 167kW. With a combined fuel economy figure of 1.5L/100km, Ford’s first PHEV in Australia will deliver a fully-electric driving range in excess of 50 kilometres.
The Ford Escape PHEV’s battery can be recharged using an integrated charging port and is automatically replenished on the move using regenerative charging technology that captures kinetic energy normally lost during braking.
Drivers can choose when and how to deploy battery power using EV Auto, EV Now, EV Later and EV Charge modes. When the battery reaches its lowest state-of-charge, the system automatically reverts to EV Auto mode – supplementing petrol engine power with electric motor assistance using recaptured energy to optimise fuel-efficiency for the Escape PHEV.
The 2020 Ford Escape line-up brings greater levels of standard equipment and is made up of:
- ‘Escape’: FWD
- ‘Escape ST-Line’: FWD
- ‘Escape ST-Line’: AWD
- ‘Escape ST-Line’: PHEV
- ‘Escape Vignale’: FWD
- ‘Escape Vignale’: AWD
Ford Escape FWD Standard Equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, a five-bar chrome-finish front grille, with stylish LED headlights and taillights, tailgate fitted with an integrated rear spoiler and sporty twin exhaust tips and a palette of 11 exterior colours for customers to select from. Six airbags including driver, front-passenger, front seat-mounted side airbags and side curtains are standard, with front and second-row seatbelt reminders as well as ISOFIX child-seat anchorage points.
The ‘Escape’ offers a comprehensive standard Driver Assist Technology suite that includes:
- Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
- Evasive Steering Assist
- Forward Collision Warning
- Dynamic Brake Support
- Traffic Sign Recognition
- Blind Spot Detection (BLIS)
- Lane Departure Warning
- Lane Keep Assist
- Driver Impairment Monitor
- Tyre Pressure Monitor
- Emergency Assistance
- Cruise Control with adjustable speed limiter
There is also the optional Techonolgy Pack ($1000) for the Escape FWD that includes Matrix glare-free headlights with Adaptive Lighting and a configurable head-up display, which projects critical information including speed, traffic sign information, navigation and emergency notifications
The Escape ST-Line features (in addition to the above-mentioned features of the regular Escape) ST-Line specific 18-inch alloys, its own upper grille design in the sports front and rear bumpers and a larger unique rear spoiler, sports side skirts and lowered sports suspension. On the inside you will find black detailing, with black roof rails outside complementing the cabin’s black belt mouldings and dark sports headlining. In the driver’s seat, there’s a 12.3-inch instrument cluster behind an ST-Line flat-bottom steering wheel with red stitching, and metallic foot pedals to complete the theme. An optional ST-Line Pack ($2800) combines the hands-free power tailgate, front heated seats and technology pack into a single convenient option.
The Escape ST-Line PHEV brings additional equipment above the non-hybrid ST-Line, such as partial leather interior trim, 10-way adjustable drivers seat and 10-speaker premium audio system.
The range topping Escape Vignale brings more tailored, distinguished elegance for an Escape that focusses on premium elements. The range topper features unique Vignale body styling, including chrome front fascia, a unique rear diffuser and 19-inch alloy wheels. Optional 20-inch alloys are available only on Vignale, while also exclusive are the standard glare-free, self-levelling LED quad-projector headlights featuring dynamic bending to ‘see around corners’, and is available in six colours including the exclusive-to-Vignale Blue Panther paintwork.
In addition, and above the ‘Escape’ and ‘Escape ST-Line’, the ‘Escape Vignale’ adds:
- Advanced keyless entry
- Heated leather-wrap steering wheel
- Leather accented seating
- 10-way power-adjustable driver’s chair
- 10-way power-adjustable front passenger’s chair
- Heated front seating
- Heated rear seating (left and right passenger seats)
- Panoramic sunroof
- Head-up display
- Hands-free power tailgate
- 180-degree rear-view camera
- Advanced Automated Park Assist
The 2020 Ford Escape range will arrive in Australian showrooms from Q3, 2020.
2020 Ford Escape MLP
|Model||Recommended MLP (incl. GST)|
|‘Escape’ (FWD 2.0 EcoBoost)||$35,990|
|‘Escape ST-Line’ (FWD 2.0 EcoBoost)||$37,990|
|‘Escape ST-Line’ (AWD 2.0 EcoBoost)||$40,990|
|‘Escape ST-Line PHEV’ (FWD)||$52,940|
|‘Escape Vignale’ (FWD 2.0L EcoBoost)||$46,590|
|‘Escape Vignale’ (AWD 2.0L EcoBoost)||$49,590|
2020 Ford Escape Options MLP
|Options||MLPix||‘Escape’||‘Escape ST-Line’||‘Escape ST-Line PHEV’||‘Escape Vignale’|
|Hands Free Power Liftgate||$1,300||✓||Part of “ST-Line Pack”||Part of “ST-Line Pack”||Standard Equipment|
|Technology Pack||$1,000||✓||Part of “ST-Line Pack”||Part of “ST-Line Pack”||Standard Equipment|
|ST-Line Pack||$2,800||–||✓||✓||Standard Equipment|
|20” Alloy Wheels||$500||–||–||–||✓|