The Ford Escape arrived as a fully-redesigned model in 2020, giving the automaker a competitive option in the red-hot compact class. With the SUV entering its third model year on sale since a full update, we expect the 2022 Ford Escape to be a carryover model.
The current Escape arrived in 2020 with an upscale, European design that is much curvier than the previous generation. A wide grille sits low down on the front fascia, while swept-back headlights and a ridged hood are sporty elements at the front of the SUV. The rear end of the current Escape is simpler, with soft edges, oval taillights, and dual exhaust outlets. Being a carryover model, we expect the 2022 Ford Escape to retain the same exterior design as the current model.
On the inside, the upscale design continues with a striking dashboard. The infotainment screen sits on top of the dashboard and is separated from the physical infotainment buttons and dials by a lengthy trim piece. The large dials and buttons for the HVAC system sit toward the bottom of the center console for ease of use, while a rotary dial shifter frees up some space. The 2022 Ford Escape will have the same overall interior design as the model that’s currently on sale.
The upcoming 2022 Ford Escape will share the same tech features as the current model. A 4.2-inch display, a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, and Bluetooth are currently standard. Optional features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an 8-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, and a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.
Ford offers the current Escape with three different powertrains, which should remain the same for the 2022 model year. The standard engine is a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder that makes 181 horsepower. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is the next step up and is rated at 250 hp. The current Escape is also available in both hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. Both come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. In the hybrid, the powertrain makes 200 hp, while the plug-in hybrid is rated at 221 hp. Both of the turbocharged engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic, while the electrified powertrains come with a continuously variable automatic transmission.
Safety wise, the current Escape comes with rear cross traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, and automatic high-beam assist as standard. The IIHS named the Escape a Top Safety Pick, while the NHTSA gave the SUV a five-star overall safety rating. These safety features and ratings are expected to remain the same for the 2022 Ford Escape.