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2019 Ford Escape: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Senior Pricing Analyst - July 30, 2018
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Model Preview

The Ford Escape will see minor updates for the 2019 model year. The most noteworthy changes involve new equipment in SE and SEL styles and a shuffling around of exterior paint choices. Certain features are also inexplicably being discontinued.

Order guides show no major changes in terms of overall styling. Although the Escape has been due for a redesign given the fact that its last redo was back in 2013, it appears shoppers will have to wait at least another year for that to take shape.

For 2019, Ford will no longer offer LED tail lamps in the Escape. Exterior colors Blue, Cinnamon Glaze, Shadow Black and White Gold have all been discontinued, replaced by new colors Agate Black, Baltic Sea Green and Sedona Orange.

Inside, the popular SE grade will gain standard SYNC 3, giving shoppers an enhanced level of connectivity with smartphones. Ford is also making a smart key with push-button start and remote start standard in SE and SEL models.

Oddly, Ford will no longer offer a navigation system in either the SE or SEL. For that, you'll have to upgrade to the range-topping Titanium grade, in which it's standard. Buyers also won't be getting a single-CD player in the coming year.

2018 Ford Escape

One of the more noteworthy packages is the Sun & Style Package in the SEL that adds a panoramic vista roof and 18-inch Sparkle silver-painted wheels. Titanium trims offer a Safe & Smart Titanium Plus Package that features auto emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, lane-keeping assist, a panoramic roof and more.

Under the hood, no major changes are coming to the Escape. Currently, the entry-level S trim comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 168 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. The SE offers a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with auto start-stop that makes 179 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. The range-topping engine is a 2.0-liter turbo that makes 245 hp in the Escape Titanium.

In terms of safety, the Escape will not see any major advances compared to the previous year. Unlike the 2019 Fusion, the vehicle will not come standard with Ford Co-Pilot360, a suite of features that includes auto emergency braking, a blind spot monitor, lane departure warning and more. As before, you'll have to get features like these with optional packages in the SE, SEL and Titanium.

Expect a full review closer to launch.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2019 Ford Escape is expected to begin production in October. We anticipate an on-sale date sometime in November or December.

Official pricing should remain similar to the current model’s MSRP range of $24,845 to $34,390 including destination. This page will be updated based on the latest information.

Competitors include the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, and Toyota RAV4.

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Pictured: 2018 Escape

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