A camouflaged 2017 Ford Escape has been spotted testing by Mr. Chris Quartararo in Arizona. The Ford Escape is set to receive a refresh to resemble newer models like the EcoSport and Edge, to keep it fresh in the face of new launches, the all-new 2016 VW Tiguan being the main rival.
The Escape crossover that launched in 2013 shares its platform with the Ford Focus compact sedan and hatchback.
Going by the camouflage, the front of the 2017 model will be revised considerably with it expected to sport a design similar to the new Ford Edge and Explorer, getting a more prominent grille along with a slimmer headlamp unit.
The rear end will also be revised with the tail lamps getting a new design along with the hatch being reworked. The interiors are set to receive updates like the new SYNC 3 touchscreen infotainment and new upholstery color and trim.
Powertrains are likely to be carried over from the current generation of the Escape. The base version will feature a 2.5-litre four cylinder engine producing 168 hp and will be available only with the front wheel drive. The mid variant will get a 1.6 litre EcoBoost engine that produces 178 hp and will be available in front wheel drive or four wheel drive. The top end variant will be powered by a 2.0 litre EcoBoost engine that makes 240 hp and will also be available with front wheel drive or four wheel drive option.
The updated 2017 Escape will take on the recently refreshed 2016 Mazda CX-5 along with the Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Equinox and the Toyota RAV4. Ford is expected to unveil the 2017 Escape at the Los Angeles auto show that opens on November 17, with prices being anticipated to be similar to the current lineup starting at $22,960.