The 2019 edition of the Ford Escape has been caught on test again. This new model will continue to be tied to the Focus as a compact SUV nearing the top of the sales charts. But it will get a number of changes aimed at competing with other best-sellers, including a PHEV Energi variant.
This prototype was caught with a charge port that indicates it will be a plug-in hybrid that will compete with the likes of the Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4 hybrids. It will also compete with premium brands intending to introduce PHEVs soon. It will effectively replace the C-MAX Energi, which is something Ford dealers have been asking for.
Based on this mule, the new Escape appears to be longer and wider than the outgoing model, suggesting the C Platform at Ford will be enlarged to meet North American demands. For other Escapes, expect them to continue with Ecoboost four-cylinders, although a performance-minded Escape ST is rumored to be in the works.
We expect to see the new Escape in 2018 or 2019 as a 2020 model year offering.