While it is one of Ford’s younger vehicles, with only 16 years of production, the Ford Escape is the venerable automaker’s best-selling vehicle apart from the F-150. As the market for crossover and smaller SUVs increases, Ford has brought a lot of welcome and functional changes to the Escape for the 2017 mid-cycle refresh that make it even more of a pleasure to drive, and it’s coming to your local Ford dealership in Indianapolis.
To start with, the whole front end of the 2017 Ford Escape has been redone. Practically everything forward of the A-pillar is changed. Ford has added an aluminum hood to reduce weight, and a new hexagonal front grille gives a sporty, aggressive appearance especially when considered with the new lower grille treatment.
Larger headlights with signature lighting offer improved forward visibility, and the silhouette of the Ford Escape has been enhanced. A more rugged appearance, with broader shoulders, gives the compact SUV the distinction of looking as though it can conquer anything.
An optional “Sport Appearance” package further styles the 2017 Ford Escape, adding 19-inch black wheels, black mirror caps, smoked lamp bezels, and dark grille inserts. Inside, more supportive seats with leather accents and white stitching complete the sporty look.
The exterior isn’t the only thing that’s been changed on the new 2017 Ford Escape. Adjustments and refreshments throughout the interior have made it clear that the automaker focused on enhancing functionality and utility.
Additionally, the 2017 Ford Escape is the first vehicle that’s being produced with Ford’s new SYNC technology, allowing drivers to pair their smartphones with their vehicle, enabling them to control features in the vehicle, such as door locks and the remote start, and to monitor fuel and oil.
Ford made some changes under the hood, as well. The Ford Escape SE and Escape Titanium had the previous year’s turbocharged EcoBoost 1.6-liter inline-4 engine swapped out with a new 1.5-liter version. Not only more powerful with 179 horsepower, it also boasts improved economy, getting up to 30 miles per gallon on the highway.
The available optional engine upgrade has been revamped as well. The 2.0-liter twin scroll EcoBoost engine’s output has been increased, too, to a peak horsepower of 245, with 275 foot-pounds of torque—an improvement of five each over the previous version. The standard engine for the S model is still the same naturally aspirated, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. All trim levels come with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Both of the EcoBoost engines come with automatic start and stop, saving fuel economy. Also available is the intelligent All-Wheel Drive system, which can send the torque to either axle, giving you the power and capability to go off-road should you so choose.
The Escape also comes equipped with electronic safety features, such as a lane departure warning, with optional steering assist to gently keep you traveling between the lines, and newly available active cruise control.
For more information about the 2017 Ford Escape, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Community Ford Lincoln. We’re a trusted Indianapolis Ford dealership, and we’re more than willing to answer any questions you might have.