The Escape is one of Ford’s best selling crossovers in the United States and that’s for a good reason. It is quite cheap to buy and its engines, while not the most powerful on the market, are quite good in terms of fuel consumption and actual performance thanks to the rather light car. Well, Ford updated it in order to be able to meet its customer’s demands back at the end of 2015 with the 2017 Ford Escape which adds a new exterior look, slight changes on the interior as well as new engines.
The car will also be present at the Chicago Auto Show where Ford will likely want to reveal their plans they have for the future Escape as well as likely the future trim levels which are going to be added through the car’s life.
2017 Ford Escape Price
The price remained unchanged over the ongoing model and in fact, it even went down by a small amount to roughly $23,500 which is nearly $1.000 less than before. For this price, the car will come with the most basic engine but an automatic transmission and a lot of nice features inside and out.
Release date of 2017 Ford Escape
Release date of 2017 Ford Escape
The car will be available for sale starting with the second quarter of 2016 but Ford is already taking orders from it with the added benefit of having the car for a discounted price.
Ford Escape Engine
Let’s start our preview of the 2017 Ford Escape with the base trim level, the Escape S. Just like before, this will only be available with the basic 2.5 liter naturally aspirated inline 4 petrol engine which is good for 168 horsepower and nearly 170 lb-ft of torque.
This will come with front wheel drive as standard and a 6 speed automatic gearbox which will allow for as much as 29 MPG on the highway.
In terms of features, the car will also get as standard automatic climate control, Ford’s Sync infotainment system which will allow the passengers to stream music to the car’s speakers as well as use the dedicated HD satellite radio.
However, this model will mostly be aimed at fleets so it will not be available with leather upholstery, satellite navigation or even Ford’s latest infotainment unit.
Further up the range, the car will be available with the Escape SE model which will only cost around $1,500 more than the base version of the car.
This will add a better 1.5 liter EcoBoost inline 4 engine good for 178 horsepower and over 180 lb-ft of torque as well as all wheel drive as an option.
On top of that, it will come with the usual key-less entry keypad, a 10-way power driver’s seat with adjustable side bolsters, privacy glass, fog-lamps, chrome inserts on the exterior as well as large 17 inch alloy wheels.
The top of the range model will be the Titanium which will include a 2 liter EcoBoost inline 4 engine good for up to 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque, a tweaked gearbox in order to be better in terms of gear-changing times as well as more safety features and active grille shutters which will help improve fuel consumption over the others.
The transmission will also get an oil cooler, so driving the car hard for long periods of time should not be a problem.
Exterior of Ford Escape
Also, besides the changes made to the car’s trim levels, the 2017 Ford Escape also received an updated exterior.
Here, the rear tail lights will now be offered as standard with LED clusters while the car’s front end completely changed by having a new grille similar to the one found on the Explorer, as well as new headlights with standard HID beams.