The popular-selling 2017 Ford Escape gets a refresh that brings a facelifted exterior and loads more technology and safety features. The crossover made its word debut in the days before the 2015 L.A. Auto Show officially begins.
Here are four things you need to know about the 2017 Ford Escape:
It Gets New Engine Options
Set to go on sale in early spring 2016, the Escape’s naturally aspirated 2.5-liter Duratec four-cylinder will be carried over, while the 1.6L EcoBoost option will be replaced by two new EcoBoost engines: a 1.5L four-cylinder as standard and an optional 2.0L twin-scroll EcoBoost four-cylinder. Output figures haven’t been officially released yet, but Ford expects 180 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque for the 1.5L unit. The 2.0L turbo unit is rated at 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. All engines will continue to be paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Both EcoBoost engines will come standard with stop/start technology, which Ford promises will be smoother on restart than cars that are much more high-end than the Escape. Ford representatives said the restart will be “virtually invisible.”
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It Gets a Slight Facelift
The Escape gets Ford’s corporate trapezoidal grille, similar to the one seen on the new Edge. This brings the Escape’s look to be more in line with the rest of Ford’s lineup and updates a look that was really getting old. Besides a new grille, the exterior gets nipped and tucked throughout to make it more aerodynamic, but new halogen projector headlamps and LED tail lights, new fog lights, new alloy wheels, and a slightly wider stance round out the rest of the crossover’s refreshed look.
The Interior Has Been Upgraded
Ford put a lot more effort into refreshing the interior. The traditional parking brake has been axed in favor of and an electronic switch, which clears up a lot of space on the center console for more useful storage cubbies. The steering wheel has also been tweaked so it’s easier to see the gauges behind it, and the buttons and switches on the steering wheel have also been made easier to use. In general, Ford wanted to make the interior more user-friendly. The Escape should also be be quieter from the inside, and ride comfort has also been improved.
The Escape Has A Lot of New Technology
In terms of technology, the Escape comes with a lot of it: adaptive cruise control with collision warning, faster USB charging ports, a heated steering wheel, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, driver alert system, and a parking assist that can both parallel and perpendicular park are all new for the 2017 model year. The Escape will still come with the hands-free liftgate, capless fuel filler, a rear view camera, blind spot monitoring, and the Sync3 infotainment system.
The Escape will also be the first Ford to have SYNC Connect, a system that works with an Apple or Android smartphone app to give a driver real-time updates on the car’s status. Using the app, a user can unlock or lock doors, start the engine, heat or cool the car, check fuel levels, and even remember where they parked.
Pricing for the 2017 Ford Escape will be announced closer to market launch.
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