Los Angeles, CA — Ford chose the Los Angeles Auto to reveal a new version of the Escape crossover for the 2017 model year. As the CUV segment continues to grow (and grow, and grow, and…), the manufacturer out of Dearborn needs to keep up with the Jonses like the Hyundai Tucson or Mazda CX-5.
So, you’re revealing a new version of a hot-selling model. What to do? Well, new engines, of course.
In the case of the 2017 Escape, there are actually two new EcoBoost turbo engines coming: a 2.0-litre unit that uses Twin Scroll tech, and a 1.5L unit for base models (the 2.0L will come standard on the SE and Titanium models. Both engines get start/stop tech; according to Ford, engines idle for about 16 minutes per day, consuming 3.8 million gallons of fuel every year.
Inside, the environs have been updated to better accommodate occupants’ evolving needs; for example, both the cupholders and cell phone storage bins have been modified to accommodate larger items. Two additional USB ports have been added, and the colours have been changes to make for a more relaxing, quitter environment. On the infotainment front: the 2017 Escape gets Ford’s latest SYNC 3 tech, which comes with an app that lets you unlock the car from a distance via your mobile device.
Outside, a new front fascia is in-keeping with the rest of Ford’s line-up, adding projector-type headlamps, a new grille and LED taillamps. Numerous driving aids normally reserved for more luxurious vehicles will also be available, such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist.
The 2017 Ford Escape will start arriving in dealers in the Spring of ’16.