After the last-year redesign, we have no doubt that the 2021 Ford Escape will continue in the same way. Simply, we don’t expect to see any particular change for the second production year. The recent redesign has brought a lot of interesting novelties, starting from a completely new design, with new aesthetics and new mechanics. There is also a new powertrain lineup, which utilized a new hybrid version as well. Add to this a full load of new tech goodies and it becomes obvious that the current model will continue in the same shape for a couple of more years.
All this means you may count on a dynamics crossover, which is characterized by excellent handling, potent engines and a long list of standard equipment. Furthermore, predicted reliability ratings seem pretty amazing as well. The 2021 Ford Escape could come with a couple of additions in terms of standard equipment, but we are pretty sure that most of the things will remain the same. Therefore, we expect the new model will hit the market sometime late in the year.
2021 Ford Escape Engines
When it comes to the powertrain lineup, you may count on two EcoBoost units, both more than powerful enough to ensure effortless drive. The base engine is a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo engine, which features a pretty respectable output of 181 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque. It comes in pair with a new 8-speed automatic transmission and ensures pretty amazing dynamics. Also, you may count on some of the best ratings in terms of fuel economy, around 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.
The optional 2.0-liter turbo-four offers impressive driving dynamics, thanks to a max output of 250 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. It also comes in pair with am 8-speed automatic transmission but isn’t as efficient as the smaller turbo-three unit. You may count on about 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Also, you may count on quite respectable 3.500 pounds of max towing capacity in this case.
2021 Ford Escape Hybrid
Besides two gasoline options, the 2021 Ford Escape will also continue with two hybrid powertrains in the offer. There is a classic hybrid setup, which is based on a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The combined output goes around 200 horsepower, which is delivered to the wheels through a CVT gearbox.
When it comes to the plug-in, things are pretty much the same, as you may count on the same combination of a 2.5-liter gasoline engine and electric motors, but the output has been boosted to 209 horsepower. Of course, there is also a much bigger, 14.4-kWh battery pack, which ensures a decent 30-mile all-electric range.
Styling and Interior Design
When it comes to aesthetics, we definitely don’t expect to see any particular change for the next year. The recent redesign has brought a completely new styling, characterized by a much sleeker approach. The new model isn’t as sharp as its predecessor and that is actually the thing that makes it look more upscale.
We can say the same thing for interior design, which looks much better than before. The dashboard looks much better than before, thanks to higher-quality materials and nicer aesthetics. A long list of tech goodies makes the dash look even more opulent.
When it comes to the interior space, both rows are generous in terms of the legroom and accommodate adults with ease. The same thing is with the cargo area, as you may count on above-average ratings for the class. With all seats up, this crossover offers around 33.5 cubic feet. The overall cargo volume goes around 65.4 cubic feet.
As we’ve already mentioned, this is where we can see some novelties for the next year, but we are pretty sure that most of the things are about to remain the same. The current model comes standard with a pretty basic list, which includes a 4.2-inch display, a six-speaker audio system, and a USB port. However, once you step up to higher trim levels, you can get pretty much everything you want. Some of the highlights are things like a moonroof and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, satellite radio, Wi-Fi etc.
When it comes to safety features, all models come standard with blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, curve control, lane keep assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and a rearview camera. Additionally, you can get things like a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors, evasive steering assist, lane centering assist and more.
2021 Ford Escape Release Date and Price
We expect to see 2021 Ford Escape sometime late in the year, with the starting price that goes around 25.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, VW Tiguan, Chevy Equinox etc.