The Ford Escape has been significantly updated for model year 2017 with more of the smart technologies drivers want.
Since its introduction for the 2001 model year, Ford Escape has been a leader in offering advanced driver-assist technologies The new, 2017 Escape, scheduled to launch in the spring, has been redesigned from the inside out. In addition to favorite features such as a hands-free liftgate and SYNC 3 driver-connectivity system, the new Escape features available SYNC® Connect mobile access and driver-assist technologies such as adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support, a lane-keeping system and Enhanced Active Park Assist.
Escape is the first Ford vehicle to make Auto Start/Stop technology standard with either of two new-to-Escape EcoBoost engines – a 1.5-liter EcoBoost and a 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged EcoBoost. Auto Start/Stop technology shuts off the engine during common stops, so the vehicle burns no gas and emits zero tailpipe emissions.
Changes to the interior began with a new push-button electronic parking brake, which replaces the large, traditional hand-actuated parking brake. This change dramatically enhanced the front-row experience for the driver.
The gear shifter was repositioned rearward to give improved access to climate controls on the center stack. In addition, a media bin was added at bottom of the stack, offering access to a USB port and a covered power outlet. The redesign also features improved cup holders, two new storage bins and a larger center armrest.
The new Escape also features an all-new steering wheel with easy-to-work buttons for audio and climate system controls, and a new “swing-bin” glove box gives provides easier access to stored items.
On the exterior of the vehicle, the redesigned hood and raised trapezoidal upper set a wider stance – evoking a more prominent feel for the front of the new Escape.
In 2015, Escape set an all-time sales record with 306,492 units sold. The 2016 Escape was also tied for Highest Ranked Compact SUV in Initial Quality in the most recent J.D. Power & Associates Initial Quality Study.