The Ford Escape may have bid farewell to the Philippines, but it is seeing success in other markets; particularly in Europe and in the US. So much so that the Blue Oval brand recently introduced the next-generation model.

Say hello to the all-new 2020 Ford Escape. Featuring a completely redesigned exterior, more features, as well as an array of turbocharged and hybrid powertrains, Ford claims that the new crossover is one of their smartest and tech-laden models to date. 

Starting with the most obvious change on the all-new Escape, Ford completely revamped the look of the fourth-generation model. Taking inspiration from the Mustang and GT, the Escape gets a large trapezoidal front grill that is accompanied by a new set of headlights. There’s also a new front bumper and hood design which gives it a sportier look.

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A sloping roofline, along with a more rakish back window and new set of taillights further highlight the crossover’s lower and wider stance. Ford also mentioned that the new Escape is more aerodynamic than ever thanks to a new tailgate-mounted spoiler and a more efficiently-designed underbody. In addition, more than 90 kg has been shed for the 2020 Escape thanks to extensive use of high-strength steel and lightweight aluminum. 

Stepping inside, Ford was also busy changing up the looks of the Escape’s interior. Gone are the traditional gauges on the instrument panel as it has been replaced by a 12.3-inch digital cluster. There’s even an 8-inch touchscreen display that supports SYNC 3 and comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Ford+ Alexa and even Waze navigations. Available as an option, however, is a 575-watt 10-speaker sound system from Bang & Olufsen.

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Also worth noting on the Escape is its new sliding second-row seats (available only on gas-powered models). Not only does it provide additional legroom for the rear passengers, it can also extend the Escape’s cargo carrying capacity up to 1,062 liters.

A total of three powertrain choices are available for the 2020 Escape. First up is the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost inline-four which puts out 180 PS and 240 Nm of torque. To further save on fuel, the 1.5-liter mill features cylinder deactivation which shuts off one of the four cylinders when just cruising around. Next up is the more powerful 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-four that produces an impressive 250 PS and 373 Nm of torque. Both the 1.5 and 2.0-liter models are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive. 

For those that prefer something a bit more frugal, the new Escape is also available as a hybrid. It’s powered by a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine that is helped along by electric motors and is connected to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). It has a total system output of nearly 200 PS. A plug-in hybrid version will also be available soon and it produces 209 PS with a pure electric range of 48 km.

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Like all previous Escapes, the new model is available with a plethora of active safety systems and in-car features. These include Active Park Assist 2.0, Evasive Steering Assist, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist.

There is no word yet if Ford Philippines will bring back the Escape. But with things heating up once more in the compact crossover market, perhaps there’s a slight chance the Blue Oval brand may bring it back.