Since its debut in 2012, the third generation Ford Escape has become a key player in the compact crossover segment in the U.S. and the most popular model in the company’s North American SUV lineup. Last year Ford sold more than 306,000 Escape models in the U.S. and after eleven months into this year, it looks like the Escape will continue with its sales success.
So, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Wrong. In order to stay ahead of the competition, it is important to constantly push the envelope by developing new technologies and features while staying in touch with the latest automotive trends and consumers’ needs. With that philosophy in mind, at the 2015 Los Angles International Auto Show, Ford debuted a highly refreshed 2017 Escape which includes a new front and rear fascias and offers new technologies, safety features, and more powerful and fuel-efficient engines.
The base 2017 Ford Escape S will be powered by a naturally aspirated 2.5 L 4-cylinder engine with 168 horsepower and 170 lb.ft torque.
The mid-level SE and Titanium models are powered by a new 1.5 L turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine which produces 180 horsepower and 185 lb.ft. torque. An optional twin-scroll 2.0 L EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine, available on the SE and Titanium trim levels, makes 245 horsepower and 275 lb.ft. torque,
All three engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel-drive is standard on all 2017 Ford Escape models and all-wheel-drive can be optioned on the SE and Titanium trim levels.
Dimensions wise, the 2017 Ford Escape remains unchanged when compared to the 2016 model. Like the 2016 models, the 2017 Escape’s wheelbase measures in at 105.9 inches, the overall length is 178.1 inches, the width (excluding the exterior mirrors) is 72.4 inches, the height is 66.3 inches, the front track width is 61.5 inches, the rear track width is 61.6 inches, and the ground clearance is 7.9 inches.
Options and Packages
In order to stay ahead of its main rivals in the white-hot compact crossover segment, Ford engineers have loaded the redesigned 2017 Escape with their latest tech and safety features.
2017 Ford Escape models fitted with the optional EcoBoost engines feature automatic stop/start function which automatically shuts down the engine at stop lights if the vehicle has idled for more than 10 seconds and automatically restarts when the driver releases the brake pedal. With this feature, Ford engineers claim the new Escape will be 6% more fuel-efficient than the current model.
When equipped with the Titanium Tech package, the Escape offers an enhanced active park assist function which not only parallel parks, but also features a park out assist and can also automatically reverse park into perpendicular spots.
The available Lane-Keeping assist gently vibrates the steering wheel when the system senses that the vehicle is drifting into another lane and the lane-keeping aid provides directional steering torque to seamlessly guide the vehicle to the center of the lane.
Safety and Convenience
The 2017 Ford Escape features a new adaptive cruise control which helps maintain the vehicle’s speed and distance from the car ahead. When activated, sensors detect slow-moving traffic ahead and depending on their speed, the system slows the Escape to maintain the set distance behind them. But when the vehicle ahead moves over or the lane clears, the Escape will automatically resume its preset speed limit.
The new Escape also offers an available SYNC Connect feature, which enables the driver to start, lock, unlock, and find their vehicle from almost anywhere via a smartphone. The system can also be used to preset a specific time to remote start the vehicle. This feature is included in the SE Convenience package and is standard on the Titanium model.
For additional connectivity, the owner of the 2017 Ford Escape can upgrade to the SYNC 3 infotainment system which enables the occupants to enjoy all the standard SYNC features, but includes new hardware and software, which can be navigated via new easy-to-use design and interface.
For additional convenience while carrying heavy items, the redesigned 2017 Escape offers a class-exclusive hands-free, foot-activated liftgate, which opens when the driver slides a foot underneath a sensor, which is located in the back bumper. This system is optional on the SE trim and is standard on the Titanium models.
The 2017 Ford Escape will go on sale in spring 2016 and pricing will be a little higher compared to the 2016 models.
For 2017, the S, SE, and Titanium trim levels return and SE and Titanium trims will now offer a new sport appearance package.
The new Escape will add canyon ridge, white gold, and lightening blue to the exterior color palate and it will also include six new wheel designs with the largest rims topping out at 19 inches.
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