Although it has received some changes for 2017 we expect that the 2018 Ford Escape will be even more attractive. Competing compact SUV models such as the Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage, the new Escape should be at the very top of this list. As before, this model will be available with front or all-wheel drive. However, the biggest change for 2018 is the new hybrid unit that will run this model.
As before, this compact SUV will feature with a great comfort and interior space. Although it was announced that the new 2018 Ecsape will get increase of the cargo space, this information is unlikely.
2018 Ford Escape Hybrid – Interior and Exterior Design
The interior of new 2018 Ford Escape Hybrid consists of top quality materials, and that is what everyone notices at first glance. Visually Its interior has been brought almost to perfection. On the center console all functions are easily accessible and very transparent. Here you can spot the electric parking brake, easy access to settings air conditioning and 12V USB port.
A long period of time exterior of this model is not changed. Also, the new 2018 Ford Escape hybrid will retain the same exterior design as its predecessor. We can say that his design is outdated and this is the biggest disadvantage of this model. Modified new LED lights are contributed to the small refreshments of the design , but this is not enough to fix its old-fashioned look.
2018 Ford Escape – Powertrains and new Hybrid Engine
As we said the biggest change for 2018 model is obtain of the new hybrid engine. In addition to the 2018 Ford Escape Hybrid version this model retains its standard three versions of the powertrain.
The first motor is a standard 1.5-liter engine that delivers 179 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. This engine is only available for models with front wheel drive. With this engine the 2018 Escape has a fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
Another engine option is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4. This engine generates 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy of model with this version of the engine is 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway for the model with front wheel drive.
The third engine option is a 2.5-liter inline-4. This engine gives a power of 168 hp and torque of 170 lb-ft. Fuel economy of model with this powertrain is 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
According to rumors the new 2018 Ford Escape Hybrid will be powered by a 2.0 liter engine which will be connected with an electric motor. This two engines together will give an output of 180 hp. This hybrid SUV should have a fuel economy of around 32 mpg in combined drive.
All engines are mated to a 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.
2018 Ford Escape – Release Date and Price
According to rumors the new 2018 Ford Escape Hybrid should be on sale by the end of this year. Although the price of this model is not yet known, we believe that the initial price of the hybrid model will be around $ 30,000.