The second largest US automaker has delivered yet another new feature on the 2017 Escape compact crossover, with has the new FordPass system with SYNC Connect.
This new feature, which is scheduled to become available starting next month, will allow owners to remotely lock or unlock their vehicle, locate them, schedule remote starts and even check the fuel level. All the functions will become usable through a secure smartphone application, which can be used in iPhone and Android terminals. The SYNC 3 also features both the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with the 2017 Escape being the first Ford model to deliver them both through their latest iteration of the infotainment system, SYNC 3. Ford has also announced the next model to feature the system will be the Fusion, with the improvement scheduled for “later this year”. The platform will then be used across the entirety of the Ford range, so even the humble Fiesta will have the latest features.
The SYNC Connect though is not standard issue equipment for the Escape, accessible through the technology package starting with the Escape SE, and only owners of the Escape Titanium getting it as part of the trim. “SYNC Connect provides the convenience customers want,” commented Don Butler, executive director, Ford Connected Vehicle and Services. “It was designed with the customer as the focus – everything the technology does is intended to improve the vehicle-owning experience.” It’s also safe, as it requires a two-step verification process to protect personal information with first setup needing confirmation on both the app and vehicle touchscreen.