Ford’s baby crossover has a versatile side to show off

The 2020 Ford Escape is well-represented at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show. Three different versions of Ford’s hot-selling crossover are in attendance at the world’s largest auto show, including the Ford LGE-CTS Motorsports Urban Escape. As the name implies, the LGE-CTS Urban Escape is a stylish all-around crossover vehicle designed to tackle both urban and off-road environments. It comes with a smattering of upgrades in the form of new equipment and performance modifications, among other things. It’s not the fanciest tuned version of the Escape that’s at SEMA, but it is the one that a lot of people will no doubt gravitate to, in part because of its functionality and all-around usefulness in the real world.

2020 Ford Urban Escape by LGE-CTS Exterior

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The car you see here is officially called the Ford LGE-CTS Motorsports Urban Escape and, while it is the plainest-looking among the three Escapes that are being showcased at SEMA, there’s nothing mundane about it.

Take the crossover’s rather dull Lead Foot Gray paint finish, for example. On its own, there’s nothing overly fancy about it. But the crossover also features gold pearl trim throughout its body — we previously thought it was orange — and color-changing graphics that come by way of LGE-CTS Motorsports’ PPG Industries Envirobase paint system. The custom paint accents are somewhat of an LGE-CTS specialty, and it’s evident in the way the treatment of the crossover’s colors are applied.

From the flat gold trim to the titanium finishes, the whole color setup is intricate and elaborate enough that Ford actually had to install splash guards to protect the paint from unsolicited debris.
2020 Ford Urban Escape by LGE-CTS Exterior
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The front bumper revives Rigid Industries D Series LED lights while the roof benefits from a set of Ford Accessories roof rack cross bars, Yakima roof rack accessories, and ski and snowboard mounts.

A set of 19-inch TSW Petrol P6A wheels wrapped in wider Goodrich Advantage T/A 235/55R19 off-road tires help complete the exterior setup of the adventure-oriented Ford crossover.
2020 Ford Urban Escape by LGE-CTS Exterior
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2020 Ford Urban Escape by LGE-CTS Interior

2020 Ford Urban Escape by LGE-CTS Interior
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Most of the interior, for example, is upholstered in fine leather courtesy of Rogelio’s Upholstery.

There’s a bit of retro vibe to the design of the leather seats, which is admittedly confusing. Then again, the Escape isn’t particularly known for featuring high-quality materials so count this as a good thing. Security is also a top priority in this build, and that’s why Ford threw in interior accessory cases from Pelican Case, so that your valuables and electronic gadgets have secure storage space for themselves.

The rest of the interior is standard so don’t expect any new gadgets and gizmos to come out of it. The addition of the Pelican cases shouldn’t impede the amount of space that the Urban Escape has to offer. Ford’s baby crossover isn’t lacking in space, to begin with, so there should still be enough room for five people to sit comfortably inside the crossover when they’re headed to their next outdoor getaway.

2020 Ford Urban Escape by LGE-CTS Interior
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Do you know what would come in handy in these getaways? Cargo space. Fortunately, the Urban Escape has plenty of room to offer in that regard, too.

It has 33.5 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats and as much as 65.4 when you fold the rear seats.

That’s more space than most of the crossover’s rivals in the segment. At the very least, that should come in handy when you’re packing for a trip outdoors. Another thing that would come in handy is the sound system. Ford addressed that in the Urban Escape by tapping car audio specialist Schoche to upgrade the crossover’s sound system.

2020 Ford Urban Escape by LGE-CTS Drivetrain

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There are no significant engine upgrades to speak of. I know. Bummer, right?

Fortunately, Ford and LGE-CTS didn’t exactly ignore the mechanical aspect of the Urban Escape.

In the absence of any meaningful to the Escape’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, Ford and LGE-CTS were still able to install a Pedal Commander throttle control system. Not only does this improve the engine’s throttle response, but it also improves the unit’s overall performance. Ford didn’t say whether this translates to any boost in power, but the standard output of the turbo-four unit sitting at 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, And, there’s a Borla cat-back exhaust system, so there could be a minor bump in power from that. Would it be too much to assume that the Urban Escape’s turbo-four engine produces around 260 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque? It’s not much of a power bump, but we’ll take anything we can get.

Conclusion

There’s not much of a chance that the Urban Escape will see the produciton line, but you can bet that some of these accessories will probably become available for the Escape lineup at one point or another. The Escape isn’t exactly a model that you think about when you consider going off-road, but this concept does show that it can at least look the part to some extent.

Kirby Garlitos
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LGE-CTS Motorsports, leading designer and builder of custom trucks, debuted its “Urban Escape” 2020 Ford Escape SEL AWD custom SUV in the Ford Motor Company booth #22200 at the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The “Urban Escape” is a stylish all-around crossover vehicle designed to tackle both urban and off-road environments.

The newly redesigned 2020 Ford Escape features the powerful yet economical 2.0-liter inline-4 EcoBoost engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission delivering power to all four wheels, making it the perfect all-around vehicle for daily use and weekend adventures.

The “Urban Escape” was built at the LGE-CTS Motorsports facility in San Dimas, California. For excursions to the mountains or beaches, the “Urban Escape” has been fitted with a set of Ford Accessories roof rack cross bars along with Yakima roof rack accessories and ski and snowboard mounts. Rigid Industries D series LED lights have been mounted to the bumpers to provide better nighttime visibility. For a more aggressive stance and better grip on and off-road, wider 235/55R19 BF Goodrich Advantage T/A tires were mounted to 19-inch TSW Petrol P6A wheels.

The “Urban Escape” painted by the team here at LGE-CTS Motorsports in Ford’s “Lead Foot Gray” with an added flare of gold pearl custom mixed in along with color changing graphics which is easy to do using our PPG Industries Envirobase paint system. LGE-CTS specializes in custom paint accents, and that is apparent in the flat gold and titanium finishes that enhance the body color. In order to protect the paint from debris, Ford Accessories splash guards have been installed, rounding out exterior modifications.

A Pedal Commander throttle control system enhances throttle response, improving performance from the 2.0-liter EcoBoost motor. A custom Borla cat-back exhaust system with black chrome tips adds an aggressive exhaust note.

Rogelio’s Upholstery provided custom interior touches with a new leather interior while Scosche upgraded the sound system and outfitted the interior with lifestyle products. Providing secure storage for electronics and interior accessories, the interior is equipped with Pelican Case interior accessory cases while a Ford Accessories cargo shade, cargo mat and floor liners keep the interior protected.

The LGE-CTS “Urban Escape” is on display at the 2019 SEMA Show in the Ford Motor Company booth #2200 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Follow LGE-CTS Motorsports on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LGECTS/ and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/lge_ctsmotorsports/ for photos and videos of the truck live from the SEMA Show floor. For more information on LGE CTS Motorsports, visit www.lge-cts.com/.

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