The 2017 Ford Escape hits the market within the next few months, boasting an impressive array of updated tech features and a completely reworked interior. The noticeable aesthetic updates to the 2017 Escape appeal directly to the adventure-bound desires of any outdoor enthusiast or road-trip devotee. A newly sculpted hood, polished sideview mirrors and energetic new wheel designs have Ford dealers from Utah to the East Coast anticipating its arrival.
Updates Include Heated Steering Wheel, Sync Connect
Enough about the impressiveness of the updated exterior—although we feel like we should probably mention the halogen projector headlamps with LED signature lighting—what’s been updated on the interior of this vehicle? The heated steering wheel, lane-departure warning and Sync Connect smartphone app has Ford dealers everywhere counting down the days until this vehicle’s release date.
Interior Redesign Relocates Shifter, Updates Parking Brake
The 2017 Escape took a decidedly more functional direction with its interior redesign. The shifter has been relocated and an updated electronic parking brake eliminates wasted space on the center console. This means more room for storage compartments to stash road-trip necessities as you’re traversing from Utah to the West Coast for that beach trip. The 2017 Escape retuned its rear suspension for a more luxurious ride and implemented further sound-deadening to create a much quieter vehicle than previous models.
Economic Engine Model Delivers More Horsepower
What are Ford dealers in Utah and elsewhere saying about the tech improvements of the 2017 Escape? The updated model trades its prior 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder for a decidedly more effective, economic 1.5-liter turbo four (used in the Fusion). This model delivers more horsepower and torque than the old engine, resulting in what is speculated to provide better fuel economy (although EPA numbers aren’t available yet).
This model also comes with an optional 2.0-liter four-cylinder, turbocharged engine that implements a freshly updated twin-scroll turbo design and produces 245 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque. The addition of three new color palette hues make the 2017 Escape a truly customized ride.