As you may know by now, Ford is eventually phase out most of its cars with the exception of its Mustang. The truth is they’re selling more trucks and crossover vehicles than anything else at the brand.
I traveled to Louisville, Kentucky for the launch of the 2020 Ford Escape, which is redesigned from the ground up for the first time in seven years. Why did the Detroit-based Ford pick Louisville for the launch of this vehicle? Well, the Blue Oval has a plant in the city best known for the Kentucky Derby.
Ford hosted a mix of media personalities, influencers and hardcore auto journalists for a bourbon drive through the hills of Louisville.
Though it was called a bourbon drive, there was obviously no drinking and driving going on. But the winding roads and twists and turns in the back paths of Louisville will have you’re thinking you’re under the influence of something.
But the 2020 Escape’s standard lane departure warning with lane keep assist helped make sure my drive partner Gabriel Williams of Interactive One and I were safe along our journey. Our drive model also offered auto high-beams (a favorite for me on any car); adaptive cruise control; park assist and the headup display (another favorite accessory of mine).
The Escape gripped those winding roads too and was more athletic due to its weight loss. No, the Escape isn’t on the Keto Diet! But it did drop 200-pounds for lighter curb weight and has lower center gravity and retuned suspension.
Whether Gabe and I were listening to “Sway In The Morning” on SiriusXM’s on Eminem’s Shade 45 or vibing to R&B on my personal favorite satellite station, Heart & Soul on channel 48; everything sounded good on the Escape’s B&O premium audio system.
And as far as technology is concerned, the newly redesigned Escape also boasts a great 8-inch SYNC 3 infotainment system with Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa. And the navigation in this crossover also can connect to Waze.
Additionally, the dashboard in the SE Sport Hybrid adds a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster; the SEL brings ActiveX premium seating material and the Titanium treats users to electrically adjustable and heated front seats.
Customers can choose between four different powertrains, with the S, SE and SEL getting the 180 HP, 1.5-liter EcoBoost, and the SEL and Titanium packing the 2.0-liter EcoBoost with 250 HP. The 2.5-liter hybrid, which makes 198 HP, is available on the SE Sport and Titanium, whereas the SE, SEL and Titanium will launch with a 209 HP PHEV powertrain next spring.
If you’re wondering how the 2020 Ford Escape will hit you in the pockets, well there is a choice of five trim levels to help you fit your budgetary needs.
The base S starts at $24,885; and the Escape’s SE and SE Sport Hybrid come at $27,095 and $28,255, respectively. For the SEL trim, the price goes up to $29,255. And if you want the Titanium model, you’re starting point will be around $33,400.
Spending a few hours for a single day only gives you an initial impression of a vehicle and this one was certainly positive, but I can’t wait to schedule an extended drive in the near future to really get a better overall feel for this newly redesigned Escape.
In the meantime, check out the video below recapping my time in Louisville for the launch of the 2020 Ford Escape.