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2017 Ford Escape preview

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2017 Ford Escape preview

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The 2017 Ford Escape should be arriving sometime in the next few weeks and we are excited. The Escape is Ford’s best-selling SUV by a long way, so any redesign is risky to say the least. Though from what we have seen, this new version looks pretty good. Fortunately, we don’t have long to wait to find out.

The new look is comprised mainly of a redesigned front and rear end. The profile remains largely the same. A new grille brings it more into line with other Ford family products. Even without the blue oval, it is very definitely a Ford.

Inside, the cabin has been tweaked too. Materials seem nicer and the finishing has improved even further. There are new colour options, a new steering wheel, new audio ports and new controllers as well as new air vents. Insulation has also been tweaked to offer a much quieter passenger experience.

Engines and technology
Engine-wise, there is the existing 2.5-litre four cylinder engine that produces 168 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. A new 1.5-litre turbo EcoBoost engine is expected to make its presence known with around 178 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. A new 2.0-litre EcoBoost is also expected to be available which comes from the Ford Edge. It makes 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque on the Edge so the figures should be similar for the Escape.

New springs and larger rear dampers should also improve the ride of the 2017 Ford Escape. We liked the ride in the existing model so will be looking forward to seeing how much it has improved in this new one.

New tech for the 2017 Ford Escape includes adaptive cruise control with collision warning, perpendicular parking assist with park out assist, lane departure warning with lane-keep assist and a driver alert system. There will also be some kind of smartphone integration but we don’t yet know exactly what.

Trims and features
The 2017 Ford Escape will come in S, SE and Titanium trim. The base S is well specified with air conditioning, cruise control, six speaker audio and a new driver control feature for younger drivers. Parents will be able to set speed limits, audio volume and a few other controls to keep youngsters under a semblance of control when behind the wheel. That’s a neat touch.

SE adds 17 inch alloys, paddle shifters, satellite radio, automatic lighting, keyless entry, power driver’s seat and more. The range-topping Titanium trim offers a leather interior, heated front seats, upgraded Sony audio, power liftgate, garage door opener, 8 inch touchscreen, rear parking sensors, remote start, ambient lighting, LED lighting and a whole lot more. As well as equipment within the trim levels, the list of options is huge.

The 2017 Ford Escape should be arriving anytime within the next few weeks. Visit Northway Ford Lincoln, 388 King George Road Brantford ON N3S 3N2 to schedule a test drive!

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