The new 2017 Ford Escape is undoubtedly one of our favorites in the segment with its smorgasbord of new and updated features and technologies. Some of these appealing features include a comfortable seating, a high fuel economy, a high-tech cabin, a strong performance, and lots of high-tech features. Its release date should be expected either late this year or early 2017.
Its segment is known for many things, key among them includes its everyday versatility, utility, and interior practicality. Often lacking, however, is the sense of fun and engagement. But based on the features the latest Escape is offering, it promises a fun-to-drive character in addition to an improved performance thanks to the Ford Focus on which it is based.
In terms of performance, the escape gains a turbocharged 2.0L engine that offers the best in-class performance in its price range. For instance, 0-60 mph acceleration only takes about 7.0 seconds, while fuel consumption with the front-wheel drive is rated by EPA at 25 mpg combined. Other notable improvements in the escape include an available hands-free power liftgate with a super-cool foot sensor, a superb all-wheel drive, and a spacious cargo bay.
Interior wise, the technologies have been updated with new ones. The often finicky MyFord Touch infotainment system has now been replaced by the BlackBerry-powered Sync 3 system which offers an easy-to-navigate menu and faster response time. And even for those who are beleaguered by mobile apps, the new Sync 3 promises hustle-free access and a feature-rich experience.
Premium materials adorn every surface of the Escape’s interior, and we must admit this is one of the most handsome you’ll get anywhere close to this price range, that is, without any additional costs brought about by options packages. Available features in the new model include a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio control, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a 4.2” driver information display, V-Shaped form-over-function buttons, and USB connectivity.
For past Escape models’ users, they’ll realize how refined the drive quality of the new model is once they hit the road. It is extraordinarily rewarding to drive and instills a higher level of driver confidence – a rarity in this segment. Even so, it’s not unmatched.
Available Trims – 2017 Ford Escape
S, SE, and Titanium are the trim models we should expect from the new five-passenger 2017 Ford Escape. The Escape Hybrid review and specs are provided elsewhere on the blog.
Exterior Concept & 2017 ..Ford Escape Interior Spy Photos
Accessories and features offered as standard items for the base Escape S model include a 4.2” driver information display, a rearview camera, a reclining and folding 60/40-split rear seat, MyKey parental controls, an integrated blind-spot mirror, voice commands, a CD player, smartphone app integration, full power accessories, 17” steel wheels, a USB port, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker sound system, a height-adjustable driver seat, keyless ignition and entry, voice controls, and cruise control.
Upscale features to expect from the top-of-the-line models include a 10-speaker Sony audio system, ambient interior lighting, a power liftgate, an exclusive foot sensor, 19” alloy wheels, a self-parking sensor, a power-adjustable eight-way passenger seat, driver memory settings, keyless entry and ignition, blind-spot monitoring, a navigation system, a panoramic sunroof, and xenon headlights. Rumors are also rife that he Sport Appearance Package will be offered.
2017 Ford Escape Engine Specs
Three engines are offered: a 2.5L four-cylinder rated at 168 hp and 170 lbs. feet of torque; a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder for both the SE and Titanium trim models; and the 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged offered as an option for the SE and Titanium models.
The turbocharged 2.0L four cylinder zips from 0-60 mph in just under 7.0 seconds, and returns fuel economy ratings of 21/28/23 mpg in the city/highway/combined with the AWD, and 22/30/25 mpg with the FWD version, according to EPA.
2017 Ford Escape Release Date & Price
The Escape SUV price should will begin from a $23,590 MSRP once it is offered for sale either late this year or early next year.
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