The 2017 Ford Escape (facelift) has been unveiled at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. The facelift brings better safety and assistance systems along with an updated Ford SYNC infotainment system. The updated model will be offered in three trims – S, SE and Titanium.
Exterior changes are limited to a larger hexagonal grille, smaller air dam, LED DRLs and LED tail lights. The dimensions remain the same as before at 178.1 inches, 72.4 inches and 66.3 inches in length, width and height respectively. The ground clearance is measured at 7.8 inches (198.12 mm).
The highlight feature of the 2017 Ford Escape is Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system that boasts of faster performance, smartphone-like touchscreen and a simplified graphics interface. This system also comes with a SYNC Connect smartphone app that comes with complimentary activation of five years. This app lets the user control certain functions of the 2017 Ford Escape remotely, like lock/unlock and even provides the location of the vehicle. Relevant information such as tyre pressure, battery and fuel levels can be known from anywhere.
The facelifted Escape has been endowed with several driver-assistance features such as adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with brake support, enhanced active park assist, lane-keeping system and driver alert system. These are in addition to the ones already present such as blind spot information with cross-traffic alert, auto high-beam control and hill start assist. Changes have been made under the hood too.
Apart from the carried-forward 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline four-cylinder engine, there are two EcoBoost additions. The first is the 1.5-liter four cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost engine producing 180 hp and 185 lb.-ft. (251 Nm) of torque. The second EcoBoost offering is the larger 2.0-liter four cylinder twin-scroll turbocharged engine generating 245 hp and 275 lb.-ft. (373 Nm) of torque. The 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline four-cylinder engine is produces 168 hp and 170 lb.-ft. (230 Nm) of torque. All units are mated to the 6-speed automatic gearbox, that come with paddle shifters on the top-spec SE and Titanium trims.
The 2017 Ford Escape is the first vehicle to feature stop/start technology as standard on both EcoBoost engines. According to the automaker, this has increased the fuel efficiency by 4% to 6%. The 2017 model year update brings three new exterior color choices – Canyon Ridge, White Gold and Lightning Blue, as well as six new wheel designs.