The new 2017 Ford Escape brings a lot of changes and improvements. The current model of the Escape has been around for more than 3 years now so its already overdue with a midlife update. In order to give the car a few more years of life, Ford is going to release a facelift of their best selling crossover some time in the next few months. This 2017 Ford Escape should be ready for sale by the end of 2016 and when it will hit the market, the car will very likely not cost much more than the current model.
What’s new for 2017 model year
Changes are expected to take place on the exterior, interior and even to its engines. While these changes are not going to be massive, they are certainly going to make the car a bit better to look at and a bit better overall. Also, 2017 Ford Escape debuts with more tech like a fuel levels, tire pressures and battery. Safety package is more better and upgraded than the previous edition.
Redesign – Changes and Improvements
In the front, the 2017 Ford Escape will finally get rid of the old design scheme which has been launched back in 2012 in the favor of Ford’s new corporate look which has been on most of their cars since 2013. Thanks to this, the Escape will get a very similar grille and headlights design to those of the Focus while at the back the car should receive a new set of tail lights. The wheels are also going to be redesigned in order to complete the look of the new car.
Just like before, this design will also be found on the European version, the Kuga, which is also expected to receive a new trim level which will make it a true premium car.
The inside of the Escape on the other hand will get a few less changes than its exterior. The design of the dashboard is going to be the only real change here, the car being expected to come with a cleaner design which should borrow some of the design elements found on the new Fusion. It will still come with a lot of equipment such as the great optional Sync 3 infotainment system as well as with an upgraded pair of front seats.
The Engine range
Under the hood of the 2017 Ford Escape there should be not many changes at all. In fact, many rumors suggest that the car will come with the exact same engines as before, only with slight improvements in their fuel economy. This will be possible because the Escape is likely going to be the first Ford to get their all new 9 speed automatic which has been in development for quite some time now. The base model will stick with the 168 horsepower 2.5 liter inline 4 which is not that efficient but it still remains a reliable choice.
Further up the range, the 1.6 liter EcoBoost inline 4 is also expected to be carried over pretty much unchanged but this time, thanks to the lighter 9 speed automatic, the car could accelerate slightly faster to 60 MPH. The top of the range model will remain the 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque 2 liter EcoBoost which will remain one of the most powerful engines in its class. The fuel economy for this particular model could be improved from the current 21/28 MPG to around 23 MPG in the city and an impressive 31 MPG on the highway.
|The Engine range|
|Horsepower @ RPM||181|
|Torque @ RPM||185|
|0-60 time||9.5 sec.|
|Top Speed||125 mph|
2017 Ford Escape Price details
Its chassis will remain unchanged which is to be expected for a midlife update. However, the design will take a bigger hit than we first thought. Even though Ford did not release anything official about the upcoming Escape, it seems that the car will get an all new front end as well as a slightly updated rear section. These have become clear after it has been spied testing on the open roads a few months ago.
The biggest competitors: Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Chevrolet Equinox, Jeep Cherokee and Toyota RAV4.