2018 Ford Escape Introduction – A compact crossover SUV debuted 17 years ago. It was developed as a joint venture of Mazda and Ford, and Mazda was selling their version as the Mazda Tribute. However, these two vehicles are far from being identical, and only things they share are floor pressings and roof.
The first generation was also being known as Maverick in China and Europe. The second generation was launched in 2008, and it was known as Ford Kuga in all markets, but North America. The Escape has reached the third generation, and the 2018 Ford Escape is almost ready to come to the market. Here is our first review about the new version of the compact crossover.
2018 Ford Escape Release Date
Most of the visitors that come to our website are searching for the release date. Unfortunately, Ford didn’t announce when the new model would be released, but there are some speculations. Almost all people agree it will be launched in 2018, but the question is when. Some think the beginning of 2018 is likely to be a release date, perhaps even the 2018 North American Auto Show. Whether this will come true or not, we won’t know before New Year.
Powertrain and Fuel Economy
The current model comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder under the hood. This is currently the base engine and generates 168 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. EPA rating of the base engine stands at 24 mpg combined which is great, but even with these figures it is the worst engine in the lineup. The 2.5-liter is coupled with a six-speed automatic gearbox as well as the other two engines. Front-wheel drive is also standard for all units and some of them will have optional all-wheel drive.
The second choice is a 1.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder which comes with an output of 179 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. With front-wheel drive mode its fuel economy is rated at 30 mpg, while with the all-wheel drive fuel efficiency is worse for two mpg. The lineup is completed by a 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder. This unit is top of the offer and delivers 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. EPA rating of the 2.0-liters stands at 29 mpg for FWD and 27 mpg for AWD.
Every generation had a hybrid model except the third one. We’re still waiting to see it, but there are no indications the 2018 Ford Escape will be released as a hybrid.
The 2018 Ford Escape design is based on the Blue Oval Brand which was used on the 2013 Ford Fusion sedan. The front fascia is characterized by a large grille and sporty bumper. It will have more aggressive lines than before, but generally it looks more sporty than aggressive. The rear part is quite attractive with new taillights and the vehicle generally looks appealing. Designers did a great job and they didn’t experiment with too much this time.
2018 Ford Escape Interior
Interior of the compact crossover SUV is modernly designed and is made of high-quality materials. Seats were relatively recently redesigned. Thus we expect new model will have the same seats as the predecessor. It will have all standard safety features such as airbags, parking sensors, parking assist, etc. Unfortunately, there are no many concrete details about the cabin so stay tuned with us. We will update this review as soon as we get new information.
The 2018 Ford Escape is considered as an inexpensive SUV, but its price won’t be under $20,000. The price of the current model is $23,600, and it goes up to $29,100. There is no reason why the 2018 model should cost significantly more than the current one, and we can expect its price to be in the same range. However, please wait for the official information.