Its hard to believe that the Ford Escape is almost 17 years old. Ever since its rugged first generation model was introduced in 2000, buyers have fallen for its efficient powertrains, capable Four-Wheel-Drive systems, and agile driving characteristics. Now, the 2017 Ford Escape has been unveiled and its better than ever!
Whats new about the 2017 Escape? We’ll show you!
Styling: First, the exterior has been redesigned, taking styling cues from its big brother, the Ford Edge. The front end becomes more muscular, with clean boxed off lines, and a hood design similar to that of the 2015 Mustang. The grille fits in with Ford’s design language from the Edge, and the overall front has a distinctive Ford truck look too it. The rear of the 2017 Escape has new squared off LED taillights that complement the lines on the back hatch. This appears to be inspired by the new Explorer, so it fits right at home on this new blue oval SUV.
The interior still has that stylish and functional interior we love about the Escape with optional SYNC 3, revised shifter, phone slot, cupholders, USB slots with two-amp quick charge, and a new sporty steering wheel with more direct buttons. The new electronic parking brake allows for a more efficient use of space when compared to the old lever. New Salerno leather seating available on the Titanium models, adding an exclusive luxury touch to the Escape.
SE and Titanium models now have a Sport Appearance Package as an option, which makes for an impressive looking SUV.
Features: The 2017 Escape is the first Ford vehicle to have SYNC Connect. This new feature allows owners to use a smartphone app to unlock/lock the vehicles doors, remotely start the car, schedule future starts, and find where the vehicle is parked! It’s so advanced it can even tell you the vehicle’s tire pressure, battery level, and fuel level. SYNC Connect is available with SYNC 3 and comes complementary with the vehicle for 5 years. While this system can do almost everything short of driving the car, we wish it could. It would be like James Bond driving his car from a cell phone in Tomorrow Never Dies but with a Ford!
The 2017 Ford Escape is the first Ford vehicle to have standard Auto Start-Stop on both the 1.5L and 2.0 EcoBoost engines. This technology automatically turns the engine off at idle in order to conserve fuel, and can add a 6% increase to fuel economy in stop and go traffic. Simply let your foot off the brake, and the engine will start right up in less than half a second!
The standard engine for the SE and Titanium models will be the 1.5L EcoBoost motor. it features an aluminum block, twin cams, and makes an estimated 180 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. The twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0L EcoBoost motor is optional for the SE and Titanium models. It makes a whopping 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. According to Ford, this motor provides “greater efficiency and improved noise, vibration and harshness performance. New pistons provide a higher, more efficient compression ratio, and a newly designed, integrated exhaust manifold is optimized for the twin-scroll turbo system.” The 2.5L four-cylinder motor carries over as standard equipment for the Escape S.
Driver Assist Technology: The 2017 Escape features state of the art driver assist technologies that make daily commutes safer and better! The 2017 Escape is available with:
- Adaptive Cruise Control with forward collision warning and brake support, which is crucial technology in today’s stop and go traffic. Sensors determine when the Escape is approaching slow traffic and adjust accordingly.
- Enhanced Active Park Assist, which provides steering assistance in parallel or perpendicular parking situations, while the driver controls throttle, brake, and shifting. It also includes side park distance control.
- Lane Keeping Assist, which alerts the driver when they are accidentally changing lanes on the highway, and also helps them to stay within the lines.
- Driver Alert System, which uses data from the Lane Keeping Assist system to sense driver fatigue and notify the driver with warnings on the dashboard.
The 2017 Escape will also still be available with features the current 2016 Escape has too, such as;
- BLIS (Blind Spot Imformation System) with Cross-traffic Alert
- Hill-Start Assist
- Auto High Beam Control
- Hand’s Free Foot Activated Rear Liftgate
The 2017 Ford Escape will be arriving in showrooms in Spring 2016, with pricing similar to the 2016 models. Stay tuned for a full review from us at Ford Addict!