2017 Ford Escape  – Release Date, News and Rumors

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. 

2017 Ford Escape side view, red color, alloy wheels

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.

2017 Ford Escape Titanium, taillights, tailpipe and alloy wheels

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.

2017 Ford Escape front angle, headlights and grille

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 The often finicky MyFord Touch infotainment system has now been replaced by the BlackBerry-powered Sync 3 system which offers an easy-to-navigate menu and faster response time.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.

2017 Ford Escape auto show, front view, headlights and alloy wheels

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.

2017 Ford Escape exterior, rear view, taillights, tailpipe and alloy wheels

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.

2017 Ford Escape exterior, blue color, front view, headlights, grille and alloy wheels

Others that can offer the same level of performance as the Escape on most fronts include the redesigned Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota RAV4 and Honda’s own CR-V.

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

2017 Ford Escape spy shots

2017 Ford Escape interior, dashboard, lcd screen, steering wheel

2017 Ford Escape Titanium, front angle, headlights and grille, auto show

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.

2017 Ford Escape interior, lcd screen, leather seats

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 rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

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.

2017 Ford Escape engine

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

2017 Ford Escape Release date

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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2017 Ford Escape Titanium auto show, side view, alloy wheels, headlights

2017 Ford Escape rear view, red color, taillights, tailpipe and alloy wheels

2017 Ford Escape exterior, side view, alloy wheels

2017 Ford Escape side view, red color, headlights and alloy wheels

2017 Ford Escape exterior, rear view, taillights, tailpipe and alloy wheels

2017 Ford Escape trunk

2017 Ford Escape interior, leather seats, steering wheel, dashboard

2017 Ford Escape interior, gear shift knob

2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Release Date Info

After a period of four years, the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is gearing for a comeback. The sixth-gen Mustang dropped in 2013, marking a special release from the company which saw the legendary vehicle updated immensely. After the initial release, they also went through a few updates which ultimately saw the car set. We also saw a release of the GT350, the first performance orientated vehicles coming from the six-generation lineup. Now, after much ado the more powerful GT500 is also being talked about.

It is not entirely clear when the model is going to come out. In fact, the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has been a rumored vehicle for a period of time. Ever since the inception of the GT350, the GT500 was considered as a natural evolution of the car. The test mule has been spotted recently, which prompted us to write the review. But when exactly will the release date be is not still clear. Our opinion is that the car has to drop somewhere towards the latter part of 2018. It will be a great marking point for the brand and will continue the momentum the brand has been going with.

2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Price Predictions

Since the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is going to be officially seen in a year or so, it is hard to say what the actual price might be. There are some assumptions and various predictions what could it be. It is mainly based on the invested resources into the vehicle which will see it being updated immense. The car will build upon the GT350 model and continue making this car more aggressive and more powerful. The hierarchical order is so, thus there is no reason to doubt.

At the same time, it also means that the vehicle is going to be the most expensive sixth-gen vehicle from the Mustang lineup. It will clearly go beyond the rice range of all the current models. Thus the prediction is that the starting price is going to be somewhere around $70,000.

2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Latest Rumors

You are probably expected about the prospect of getting the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 vehicle. But there are some things that you have to be aware of. There are some rumors which say that this car is going to be built in limited numbers. It is not a special education vehicle nor any kind of an anniversary that they are doing this for. The resources for marking this car and the payoff is what causes them to rethink their strategy. Thus the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is going to be the most powerful car but also one limited in numbers. It is not going to be easy to get one of this babies, so people who are interested and are sure that this is what they want should immediately start making plans to get their version.

Exterior Modifications for the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

With the arrival of the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, there is going to be some work done for the exterior of the car. The current test mule is padded with camo and does not really show what lies underneath. The car is going to keep much of its details close to its chest until they feel ready to come out. But some of it is most visible and pretty much clear. This is going to be a more aggressive version of the GT350. It is still going to have the same body panels but will also add some staple and unique GT500 elements.

Some of those elements that we are talking about include a large fixed wing placed atop of the trunk. This also prompts a new bumper which adds a massive splitter installed on it. We expect and new and revised front grille with larger air intakes. As we are expecting a new, more powerful engine to drop, the hood is also going to change and will most likely include a new power dome on it. There is no doubt that a completely new diffuser is expected with new kind of side skirts to go with it as well.

All in all, this is going to be the most eccentric and the most aggressive vehicle from the Mustang lineup. It is going to bring together everting that the sixth -generation models have been building upon. There is no doubt that this car will improve upon some elements that will make this car a staple in the industry.

Exterior Colors Update

With the newest improvements made for the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, the exterior is going to add new color options. With the staple look and an established design, a new color strip is expected to make its debut. They still might offer some choices that are borrowed from the base version and also from the GT350 one. But expect the GT500 to add some new and unique color choices. It will most likely extend the so as to improve the car and feature some new elements for it. All in all, this is going to be a very good exterior update for the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 model.

Dimensions and Size of 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

No word has been made about the size of the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. This is probably because there are not going to be any size discrepancies. This means that the GT500 will simply transfer the dimensions of the base and GT350 cars. There is no need to employ any advanced changes and keeping the car at the same size will also make it easier for manufacturing. There is no word on the weight as well. But we are expecting that they try and shed a few pounds off, as this is a performance vehicle. It will probably benefit the car on the long run enabling it a better and more stable performance.

Inside of the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Logically, the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will source much of its interior from other Mustang cars. But this does not really leave us in the position to say what exactly the car is going to look like. There are many ways that they could go but they will probably take the safe route. We are willing to bet that the inside is going to retina much of Mustang elements seen in the base version. This means the same dashboard, center console and body panels. The steering wheel will probably be borrowed from the GT350, but the instrument cluster and the infotainment screen will be updated accordingly.

The upholstery will probably help distinguish this car as a GT500 as well. It will add the contrast stitching and also GT500 badging all over the interior. But in the past the GT500 was not that race-orientated when it comes to the vehicle’s interior. This leaves room for some convenience features that the past versions have had. For instance, air conditioning, backup camera, rear seats and a sound system. These will probably make it into the interior of the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and they will be promptly updated to fit the newest version.

2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Engine Setup

What lies beneath the hood of the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 car? This is one of the mysteries that we are facing when announcing this model. The GT500 is the most powerful factory made car produced from Ford. There is no doubt that they are planning something important and something big. Thus our biggest suspicion is that they are going to drop the twin-turbocharged version as it is how Ford has been doing with some of its recent vehicles, namely the TT model. There is also a possibility that a supercharged version of the 5.2-liter V-8 currently offered in the GT350 is used. The latter option is probably the easiest one to make and will equally work as the former one. Whatever the case with the engine may be. It will still amount to a performance of about 700 horsepower.

Potential 0-60 mph and Top Speed

Since we are still missing the exact engine numbers for the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, its specifications are not available. But they are not so much hard to guess. If they manage to go on with the idea that they are preparing us on for the engine, we are looking at a speed up to 0-60 mph of about 3.5 seconds. This is a performance orientated vehicle so a top speed of 186 mph is also a potential figure.

What is the Fuel Economy of the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500?

This is something that could not be helped for the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. A performance vehicle is always going to use a lot of fuel. This model is lighter and is aimed to speed up and perform. So its mpg are not going to be favorable but we will see if they manage to improve upon the last version.

New Photos Confirm the 2019 Ford Explorer Redesign

In an effort to confirming the existence of the 2019 Ford Explorer, a team of two photographers managed to catch an oddly looking prototype. It has been doing rounds in Colorado. At first it did not seem as much as it had a really peculiar shape to it. Unnoticed to anything that you would see form Ford.

But after a while it was clear that this could probably be the next Explorer SUV. There have been rumors about this model for some time. We finally have a confirmation that it is in the works. So, we are excited about the novelties this vehicle has to bring.

The Prototype

The prototype that was spotted exemplifies an evolutionary style instead of a revolutionary one. It is still blocky and has the same three rows to seat the seven passengers as before. But one thing about it is that it seems as if it has grown in size a little bit. This does not mean that they are offering space for an added person. But could simply bring about more comfort for the current ones.

There are many more things that we cannot see as the camo covers the majority of the car currently. But we know about the newest car that it will come with a new platform. This has already been confirmed that is being developed for all the upcoming Ford cars.

The midsize SUV segment has been ruled by the Ford Explorer model for quite some time. When you mentioned the Explorer in America you immediately know what you are getting. The car has been around since the 90s. And has spawned five generations of vehicles already with the last one being released in 2011.

It has already been enough time. So this will be the sixth-generation model which will appear in the market. And we are hoping that it will simply continue what the Explorer has been doing so far.

We expect the release date of the car pretty soon. The 2019 Ford Explorer seems to be in the full swing of development. The spied prototype seems very much appropriate for and there is still a lot which will be announced and which we will get to know soon. For now this is our initial take and our review with the facts that have liked or that we have managed to dig through.

2019 Ford Explorer Release Date

Many of you are now probably wondering when the 2019 Ford Explorer is going to be released. Unfortunately at this time we are not able to give you that sort of an information. It is still a little bit far away to determine when the car needs to be released but the pictures alone are a good confirmation that the model is being prepared.

The heavy camo is still covering a bigger portion of the car, which does not prove anything. The car will in time lose the pieces of camouflage and will in due time present what we are getting underneath. We are actually expecting the car to come out in 2019 and it is near-impossible to expect it before that. This will allow for the vehicle to be developed properly and for all details to be met and arranged till then.

The Newest Style of the 2019 Ford Explorer

Although it is still hard to confirm how the 2019 Ford Explorer may actually look like, the vehicle will hold more of an evolutionary rather than a revolutionary approach. The spied photos are for now our only reliable resource about the newest design of the vehicle but it does not leave us with a whole lot. It actually seems mostly the same as the current fifth-generation model and still keeps most of its design cues in check.

There are actually two ways that they are going about here. First of all, they are trying to be a secretive as possible so they are using the old outer shell of the car for the initial testing which is by being covered with the camo concealing enough to put us off our track in assuming what the car is going to look like. As far as the other possibility, they might decide to keep things as close as possible to the current model.

The Fifth Generation Model

The fifth-generation model may be a little bit under the tooth, but it is still reliable enough and looks pretty fine. Our initial idea is that they are going to keep the majority of the looks which the current model offers and will simply update a few things. This new generation model might seem like more of a facelift than an actual redesign but if it manages to work and if the audiences find it attractive then we are not going to be the ones to mind.

Based on the current look, the car retains its blocky shape which is already so familiar with the Ford Explorer line and will also have the same greenhouse as well. As for the lights, it appears that they have introduced some changes which are going to make the vehicle look pretty different and help it gain a new kind of an appearance.

The most important aspect of the exterior of the car is the adaptation to the new platform and the new lightweight structure that the car has. They are pining most of the success about the car with this part. It will probably give us something more interesting to expect about the Ford Explorer 2019.

The Interior is Still Not Established

We do not have any real evidence when it comes to the inside of the 2019 Ford Explorer. The vehicle is going to go through an update that will certainly include the addition of new materials and a better inside. Since they are keeping the outside of the car mostly unchanged so far and as they are putting less effort for the outside, we are expecting the interior to gain a larger updated.

This will probably mean that the technology will include the latest set of features and the latest Ford equipment which all the other vehicles have. Also, with the mentioned expansion of the size there will certainly be more room on the inside.

The vehicle will continue to accommodate room for seven passengers and we do not seem them adding more place for an extra person. But the added space will make things much roomier. This leads us to a much more appropriate 2019 Ford Explorer car.

Powertrain Possibilities

There has not yet been a confirmation about engine the 2019 Ford Explorer should use. But there are some very interesting news about changes that are happening. First of all, we need to mention that the naturally aspired V6 engine is going to drop form the lineup entirely. Ford has also done the same thing with the Ford Mustang model. It too has deleted its naturally aspired engine from the lineup.

This is a move that Ford is doing for the majority of its vehicles and it will look to make things a lot more suitable in doing so. For now the most obvious and also the only mentioned choices are the 2.3-liter four cylinder and 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engines. These powertrains are not unfamiliar to the Explorer line and have been used before.

What Will the Main Benefits Be?

The newest midsize SUV will benefit from their use but they will need to be updated. The performance is still unknown at the time of writing this text and there are certainly going to be some improvements which will guarantee that the car gains more power.

But the most important part is the fuel economy. With the use of a new aluminum platform they will probably redevelop the given engines in such a way that they consume far less fuel. It will enable the vehicles to be better contenders in the market and give them more credibility with the fans.

Besides this, there are some talks about a hybrid powertrain. This is an efforts which Ford seeks to make as many of the rivals have already done it. If they achieve this kind of a feet it will attract a whole new base of audiences to the brand. It remains to be seen what exact powertrain they will include here. But we are expecting that they will introduce a new hybrid drivetrain  solely by Ford specifically for this occasion.

There are also certain news when it comes to the transmission. The 2019 Ford Explorer will gain a completely newly developed gearshfiter. This will substitute the age-old 6-speed that the current model has been using for a very long time. The transmission in mind is the 9-speed automatic one. This promises to make a lot of improvements when it comes to shifting and gaining better fuel economy ratings.

New Platform for the 2019 Ford Explorer

One of the more important piece of news for the 2019 Ford Explorer is that it is going to gain a new platform. The model is currently using the one dubbed D4. But a completely new one is in development now. And will be specifically made to accommodate the needs of certain Ford products. It will also be hard to accommodate the future Lincoln models.

The D4 is currently also underpinning the Ford Flex and the Lincoln MKT. But we are not sure if the newest one will simply be transferred to all the models that used the current D4 one.

The newest platform which Ford is specifically developing is going to be called the D6. It will have a specific advantage. It is going to be made from various lightweight materials, namely aluminum mostly, as most of the newer Ford models have done.

Aluminum On the Exterior

This practice has started with the F-150 pickup. This showed immense success when it introduce the use of aluminum materials to its outer part. The newest version of the Ford Explorer 2019 will benefit in the same manner as those vehicles before. We are expecting for the platform to also enable better performance for the car. It will certainly help with the fuel economy which is a big deal for the Explorer to gain.

As it was also reported, they will modify new platform  to support both front-, rear- and all-wheel drive. But as far as the Explorer goes, rear-wheel drive is out of the picture immediately. We are expecting the vehicle to use front-wheel drive as standard and get all-wheel drive only as optional.

2019 Ford Explorer Cost

The rumors about the price of the 2019 Ford Explorer are still going about. However, there is no confirmation yet. The car will probably gain a little bit for its cost and be more expensive, but it is something to be expected.

The model is currently sold in America for a price of $32,605, given as a base MSRP price. The cost will probably rise with this 2019 version. But we are not expecting to receive any bigger leaps when it comes to the price. It will certainly increase. Yet, based on the current look of the car they are not doing too much so the price increase.

We are confident that they will increase the pricing within a due period of time.However, for now there is no clear information on how much it could be. As soon as they establish the type of the engine and the use of it within the trims, we will get our bottom price. But we feel confident that it will remain in the line of what the competition is offering.

Rivals and Other Vehicles in the Segment

The market is always expanding. And with the addition of the 2019 Ford Explorer vehicle we are looking at another expansion. People are already accustomed of the Explorer as the undisputed king of the segment. But there are still some other models which are going to make it their best to succeed the current leader.

Such models are the Chevrolet Travers, Volkswagen Atlas, Honda Pilot and the Mazda CX-9. We will see how the coming of the new 2019 Explorer  will impact the re-positioning.