The updated Ford Escape is ready to make its official public debut during the Los Angeels Auto Show and the company decided that jumping the gun is in order so they staged the online reveal.
The exterior detailing is limited to cosmetic tweaks that render a more upscale look and the true bonanza brought by the facelift has to do with the technology, driver assist and safety technologies installed on board. With a front end inspired by the larger Edge, the Escape now comes with active grille shutters and six new alloy wheel options as well as updated graphics for the LED taillights. There are three trim levels to select from: S, SE and Titanium as well as a new Sport Appearance Package available for SE and Titanium. There are also three new exterior shades: Canyon Ridge, White Gold and Lightning Blue. “The compact SUV segment is the largest and most competitive in the United States, and the new Escape delivers even more of what our customers want – more technology they can really use to make their daily drive safer and easier,” commented Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas.
The cabin layout has received a more noticeable makeover where new customers will see a new steering wheel and a reconfigured center console, which includes the switch to an electronic parking brake. Driver and safety assist technologies include the adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with brake support, as well as lane keeping system, blind spot detection, hill start assist or the automated high beam function. More importantly the Escape premieres the introduction of the Sync 3 infotainment system with SYNC Connect, which can be used to remotely start the vehicle, locate the vehicle or even schedule future starts through an application on the owner’s smartphone. The Sync 3 is also said to boast a higher performance, enhanced voice recognition a more intuitive setup for the touchscreen display and an easier graphic interface.
Under the hood the Escape comes with two new EcoBoost engines featuring the start/stop function. First off is the 1.5-liter EcoBoost that replaces the older 1.6 and comes with 180 bhp (134 kW) and 185 lb-ft (250 Nm). The new twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost comes with 245 bhp (183 kW) and 275 lb-ft (374 Nm). The third engine choice is the normally aspirated 2.5-liter engine that remains unchanged and makes up the entry-level option with 168 bhp (125 kW) and 170 lb-ft (230 Nm) of torque. The standard transmission setup across the model lineup is the six-speed automatic with added paddle-shift technology.