So what if the Ford Escape is already the automaker’s second-best selling vehicle behind the F-Series. That doesn’t mean Ford’s going to sit on its laurels. No, it’s rolling out a pretty dramatic mid-cycle refresh that seems to hit every checkbox on our wish list: updated styling, lots of cool tech features and, yes, more room.
Yes, the 2017 Ford Escape is going to please a bunch of people, simply because many of the improvements are based on feedback from drivers. One of the coolest things is that it will be the automaker’s first vehicle to get Sync Connect. It allows drivers to lock and unlock doors, start engines, and even locate their vehicles by using a smartphone app.
Outside, the Ford Escape looks more rugged and bigger than its predecessor, even though it’s roughly the same size. Look for exterior changes like revamped LED tail lamps, redesigned wheels, active grille shutters, and a new windshield wiper defroster. Ford also spent a lot of time making the ride quieter by using more insulation and an underbody shield.
On the inside, along with more space and storage, you’ll find a technology hub with things like mobile device charge ports. In addition to Sync Connect smartphone app and Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system, the new Escape offers driver-assist technologies including adaptive cruise control, forward collision with brake support, a lane-keeping system and enhanced active park assist.
“The compact SUV segment is the largest and most competitive in the United States, and the new Escape delivers even more of what our customers want – more technology they can really use to make their daily drive safer and easier,” says Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas.
Under the hood, the new Escape gets two new four-cylinder EcoBoost engines – a 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter twin-scroll. In another Ford first, it’s the automaker’s first vehicle to get auto stop-start standard. Ford says it improves fuel efficiency by 4 percent to 6 percent in stop-and-go traffic.
In terms of trims, you’ve got the S, SE and Titanium models, plus a new Sport Appearance Package available for SE and Titanium. The Titanium trim doesn’t mess around and gives you unique Salerno leather seats.
The 2017 Escape hits the road next spring.