It was exciting news when Ford announced the relaunch of the revamped 2020 Ford Escape. One of Ford’s best-selling SUV models, the Escape had not been upgraded since 2012. Since its release, the 2020 Escape has received superb reviews including being ranked #7 among U.S. News and World Report’s compact SUV class. Where is the 2020 Ford Escape made? We’ve looked to Ford to get the answer.
The Ford Escape is currently made at the Ford Louisville Assembly Plant, located on Fern Valley Road in Louisville, Kentucky.
Since opening in 1955, the Ford Louisville Assembly Plant has been producing a long line-up of Ford and Mazda vehicles including the LTD, Skyliner, Navajo, Ranger, Explorer, Mountaineer, and Sport Trac. Currently, the only models made at Louisville Assembly are the 2020 Ford Escape and 2020 Lincoln Corsair (to replace Lincoln MKC).
Ford is currently in the lead among automotive manufacturers as the automaker with the highest production of vehicles and the largest number of employees located within the United States. To stay competitive, Ford invested $550 million to modernize the Louisville Assembly Plant in 2019 just prior to rolling out the newly revised Escape.
Keep reading to learn where Ford manufactures the engines offered for the Escape. We’ll also divulge the locations where Ford manufactures several of the automaker’s other popular models.
Where Is The Engine Of The Escape Made?
Ford operates a number of manufacturing plants throughout the world. Not every plant focuses on assembly, like the Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky. Various manufacturing plants are devoted to transmission, engine, forging, or stamping.
Ford’s engines are primarily made at engine manufacturing plants located in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, China, Germany, Romania, Spain, Turkey, South Africa, and Mexico.
Ford Escape Engines
Ford specifically offers a lineup of four engines to equip the 2020 Ford Escape with a powertrain of your choice. Select either of two turbocharged gasoline engines, a fully hybrid electric engine, or a plug-in hybrid electric engine.
Engine options for the 2020 Escape include Ford’s:
- 1.5L EcoBoost I-4
- 2.0L EcoBoost I-4
- Hybrid 2.5L iVCT Atkinson Cycle I-4
- Plug-In 2.5L iVCT Atkinson Cycle I-4
The Ford engines that are featured on the 2020 Ford Escape are manufactured at Ford engine plants located in the United States, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Ohio – EcoBoost Engines
Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 located in Brook Park, Ohio makes the 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 engines offered on the 2020 Ford Escape. The plant also produces 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 and 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engines. Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 employs 1,750 employees.
Michigan – FHEV/PHEV Engines
Van Dyke Plant located in Sterling Heights, Michigan is a component plant typically devoted to transmissions that Ford had recently announced will also fabricate electric engines, such as those installed in the Escape Hybrid models to be delivered in Louisville, Kentucky. The 1,210 employees at Van Dyke Plant are aiding Ford’s contribution to eco-friendly, electric vehicles in the automotive world.
Yet another of Ford’s component plants, Rawsonville Components Plant located in Ypsilanti, Michigan, will produce battery packs for Ford’s Full Hybrid Electric Vehicles (FHEV) and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV). Both EV options are available for the Escape. Approximately 680 employees are aiding Ford’s strive toward an increase in the production of green vehicles with hybrid technology.
Valencia Engine Plant located in Valencia, Spain makes the 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 engines installed in the Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair, both assembled at Louisville Assembly Plant. Valencia Engine Plant employs 900 people, who also produce 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 engines.
Bridgend Engine Plant located in Bridgend Mid-Glamorgan, United Kingdom makes Ford’s 1.5L EcoBoost I-4 featured on the Escape. Employing 1,700 people, Bridgend Engine Plant produces other Ford and OEM engines including the 1.5L EcoBoost I-3, 3.0L VC S/C, and 5.0L V8 NA\SC.
Where Are Other Popular Ford Cars Made?
What other Ford models are hot off the production line in United States assembly plants? We’ve provided a summary of where some of Ford’s other popular models are made, but you can also take a look at what Ford has in the works across the nation by clicking here.
Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant has an impressive production history. Since the plant opened in 1924, beginning with Ford’s Model A and Model T, the Chicago Assembly Plant has produced models ranging from luxury sedans to armored trucks. Currently, the Chicago Assembly Plant makes Ford’s Explorer and Ford’s Taurus.
You’ll find production is high in Michigan, where the towns of Dearborn, Wayne, and Flat Rock all have Ford Assembly Plants. Ford’s F-150 is being built at the Dearborn Truck Plant, including:
- F-150 Platinum
- F-150 Raptor
- F-150 Limited
- F-150 Regular Cab
- F-150 Crew Cab
- F-150 Super Cab
- F-150 XL
- F-150 XLT
- F-150 XTR
A recent addition to Ford’s production having opened in 2004, the Flat Rock Assembly Plant has produced both Ford and Mazda vehicles. Currently, at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, the Ford Mustang is being made.
In Wayne, Michigan, employees at the Michigan Assembly Plant have brought Ford into the EV market by previously making the Focus Electric, ST, C-MAX Hybrid, and C-MAX Energi models. Ford currently produces only the Ford Ranger at the Michigan Assembly Plant.
In Avon Lake, the Ohio Assembly Plant has historically produced Ford, Mercury, and Nisson vehicles. Notably, the Ford Escape had previously been made in Ohio. Currently, the Ohio Assembly Plant is making Ford’s medium-duty F-670 and F-750 trucks.
According to Forbes Magazine, the city of Louisville is one of the top cities in the United States where automotive manufacturing continues to thrive. No doubt, thanks to Ford’s two assembly plants. Not only do you find Ford’s crossover, the Escape, made at the Louisville Assembly Plant but, at the nearby Truck Assembly Plant super duty trucks and full-size SUVs are currently in production:
As Ford continues to make gains as a top producer and employer in the automotive industry, you can expect to continue seeing your favorite Ford models made at US assembly plants.