The 2020 Escape adopts a softer, cleaner design. As far as we can tell through the camouflage, there are fewer hard edges all around. There's also a lot of Focus Active in the design, too. The new grille mirrors that of the 2020 Focus — no surprise as the two models have historically shared similar styling. The black grille reminds us of Ford's Sport and ST trims, though the rest of the prototype doesn't seem very sporty. There's still plenty of black plastic cladding, and the wheels are smaller than what you would find on an ST model. Out back, the rear window seems to have a sharper rake than before. It makes for a slick profile, but we wonder how much that will cut into rear cargo space.
It's unclear when we'll see the new Escape, but expect a reveal sometime this year. The third-gen Escape has been on sale since 2013 and feels dated compared to competitors like the Toyota Rav4 and Honda CR-V. In the meantime, take a look at the interior of the fourth-gen model.