2020 Ford Puma crossover is here to steal the Nissan Juke’s thunder
Make way for another quirky, cutesy, bug-eyed city crossover that wants to muscle in on the Nissan Juke’s territory: the all-new 2020 Ford Puma. It’s a funky new high rider from the Blue Oval that’s big on style and ambition. The main talking point about the Puma mini-SUV has to be the way it looks because even in the crowded and highly competitive segment it’s trying to penetrate, it’s actually quite distinctive.
Ford has not only managed to create quite the striking pint-sized crossover shape, but it’s also one that evokes the previous model that bore this name, a Fiesta-based coupe from the mid-1990s. And that’s a good thing because nobody accused the original Puma of being ugly (quite the contrary, plus it’s actually aged pretty well too) and it was actually surprisingly popular for what it was back in the day.
Zero Labs All-Electric Ford Bronco Restomod Is the Best Bronco
We get it; you’re eager to see what the 2020 Ford Bronco will be like. Yet, somehow, the idea of an all-electric Bronco restomod is making our hearts beat faster. Zero Labs’ plans in this direction are, at this point, a string of nicely worded phrases backed up by a video and a photo gallery that, in all fairness, left us asking for more.
The company also claims that the finite product is “restored and handcrafted to show car quality” and powered by a “covert, all-electric drive system.”
That’s why we dug deeper to see what hides behind the marketing blah-blah.
2020 Ford Escape (Kuga) vs 2020 Toyota RAV4
Ford has just launched an all-new, fourth-generation Escape crossover, a model known as the Kuga in Europe and some other markets. The vehicle enters one of the most competitive and hotly contested segments where all rivals are hugely talented (there really isn’t one bad car to speak of) and picking one above all others is by no means an easy task. But if you were to choose an important rival to compare the Escape to, then that has to be the aggressive-looking Toyota RAV4.
Toyota went for a dramatic visual reinvention of the RAV4 for its fifth generation since the model had really become rather boring to look at in its previous incarnation. Frankly, no subsequent RAV4 had anywhere near the visual flair of the first generation model, a car that looked better without painted bumpers and side trim - that’s how quirky and cool it was. Now, thankfully, the latest RAV4 tries to rekindle that flame, albeit with fresh, edgy styling that makes it look contemporary, although it doesn’t look visually related to the original RAV4 in the way older generations did.
The Blue Oval, on the other hand, didn’t want to risk anything with its new Escape, so it made the vehicle look pretty much exactly like a puffy high-riding Focus. That’s literally all there is to its design, so in this respect, the RAV4 is already starting to look like the more daring, flamboyant option, yet being a Toyota, it doesn’t automatically have associated shortcomings.
Xtomi’s Rending of the 2021 Ford Escape (Kuga) ST Gives Us Hope in a Bleak, Car-Less Future
The 2020 Ford Escape (Kuga in Europe) just broke cover with styling cues from the Focus and the Fiesta hatchbacks, and the first thing that came into my mind is whether Ford will offer a higher performance ST version of it. FoMoCo has yet to talk about such plans, but this rendering from X-Tomi Design shows that the fourth-generation Escape would look cool in ST trim.
2020 Ford Escape Quirks and Features
The new 2020 Ford Escape compact crossover enters a highly competitive segment of soft city-centric off-road vehicles such as the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and the Nissan Rogue. Although it needs to be on par with any one of them, the new Ford Escape also has big shoes to fill. According to an IHS Markit survey over, 96 percent of all Escapes sold in the last ten years are still on the road. In the everchanging landscape of the car market of today, the Ford Escape tries hard to offer a compelling crossover package. Now it is based on the same platform as the Ford Focus, and that seems to be a good thing. Right here, I’ve picked up a number of interesting facts and quirks about the new 2020 Ford Escape.
2020 Ford Escape
The 2020 Ford Escape is the fourth generation of the company’s popular compact crossover. Unveiled in 2019, it replaces a seven-year model that was becoming a bit long in the tooth. Some 200 pounds lighter than its predecessor, the 2020 Escape is heavily based on the 2019 Ford Focus inside and out and comes with a choice of three drivetrains. The world’s first hybrid SUV dating back to 2005, the 2020 Escape is now available in both hybrid and plug-in layouts.
Having discontinued both the Focus and Fiesta hatchbacks in the U.S., Ford designed the Escape to look just like these two popular cars. Not only is the front fascia is heavily inspired by the Focus and Fiesta, but the interior is basically borrowed from the larger hatchback. Engine choices are similar to the outgoing Escape, but you can also order hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. In Europe, the 2020 Escape will be sold as the Kuga.
Here is Every Video We’ve Found of the 2020 Ford Escape
The compact crossover and SUV segment is hopping right now, and every automaker is doing their best to keep up with one of the business segments there is. Ford just ushered its compact competitor, the Escape, into its fourth generation with modernized looks, significantly improved technology, better fuel efficiency, and the same grille found on the Ford Focus, but upside down. Seriously, I’m not kidding about that last one – just take a look and you’ll realize you can’t unsee it. Anyway we’ve compiled all the videos of the new Escape that we can find so far and have placed them below. Check them all out and make your own opinion about the 2020 Ford Escape.
The 2020 Ford Escape Is Smarter But it Looks Like a Focus or Fiesta With an Upside-Down Grille
The Ford Escape has been around since 2000, and now there’s a new fourth generation heading down the pipeline that’s simply chock-full of updates. Given the popularity of the compact crossover segment, it makes sense Ford is going above and beyond with this big-seller nameplate, throwing in revamped styling, a new platform, four engine options, and the very latest infotainment goodies that the Blue Oval can muster. It’s all impressive stuff, but this segment is nothing less than cutthroat - does the Escape have what it takes to come out on top?
The 2020 Ford Kuga is Set to Debut on April 2nd - Here’s Your First Teaser
Ford has teased the new 2020 Kuga on its Facebook page in a small, six-second trailer. The SUV will be revealed on April 2 as the third-gen Kuga. For the uninitiated, the Kuga is the European version of the Ford Escape that is sold in the States. It looks like the 2020 Kuga shares a lot of design cues, on the inside as well as the outside, with the new Focus. Will the new Kuga be a unique product or just an amalgamation of Ford’s different products?
2019 Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package
In an expected turn of events, Ford revealed the new 2019 Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package. Joining all other manufacturers who offer darkened editions of their trucks and cars, the Ranger Black Appearance Package includes all the standard shaded tricks, and it is available for all trims. The Black Appearance Package joins the arsenal of appearance packages for the Ranger that also include the Sport Appearance Package ($895), Chrome Appearance Package ($795), and an STX appearance package for the Ranger XL.
The 2020 Ford Bronco Will Take on the Jeep Wrangler with Removable Top, Choice of Two or Four Doors
Ford’s best-performing dealers were reportedly given an early look at a prototype for the upcoming 2020 Bronco, a model that’s been in the works for a few years, but just like Land Rover’s new Defender, the project is and has been shrouded in secrecy. It’s quite clear that the Blue Oval intends for it to fight not the hugely capable and successful Jeep Wrangler, but the all-new Defender as well. Rumor says that it will be offered with a removable top and could be offered in two- or four-door form!
Mountune’s Newest Kit Boosts the 2019 Ford Fiesta ST’s Output to 222 horsepower
The 2019 Ford Fiesta ST is one of the best hot hatchbacks in its size and price brackets, but with just 197 horsepower from the factory, the little Blue Oval pocket rocket can certainly handle more power. For those interested, Ford specialists Mountune have launched an upgrade kit that boosts the Fiesta ST’s power output by more than 20 horsepower. In a car this small, folks, you will feel it.