The Los Angeles Auto Show is coming soon, and Ford will delight the public, unveiling the updated Escape crossover. The popular brand shared photos and data concerning the novelty before the event. In Russia and in Europe this car is known as the Ford Kuga.
Today’s improvement of the 2017 year model is complex and affected not only the design, but also the technical specifications of the car. The exterior changes are harmonized with refined interior and advanced optional equipment perfectly. The car has got more serious and wealthy attractive look.
The Exterior Changes
Though innovations in the exterior of the novelty are not considered to be ambitious, but it is obvious that due to them the vehicle appearance has noticeably improved and become more impressive.
The crossover has been modified, being more exquisite as compared to its predecessor; the designers have added a number of stylistic solutions on the front of the Edge. The manufacturer offers six newly designed disks; the shape of the rear lights is totally new. Among the other innovations it is possible to distinguish the optional Sport Appearance Package available on SE and Titanium models in three types of paint: light blue, golden white and orange.
An original grille with active shutters, which optimize aerodynamics, has been set on the car. The engineers have completely revised the LED lights installed on the rear. Due to the exterior changes, the crossover looks similar to his older “brother” Edge.
The Interior Design
The interior of the 2017 updated Ford has been equipped with a new steering wheel, an upgraded center console, a more comfortable armrest, and a platform for a pair of cup holders. An electronic parking brake eliminates the bulky parking brake lever and thus some way increases the amount of free space.
The new intakes along with an enlarged range of decoration materials are rather noticeable. In general, we can say that the interior is maintained in a richer and more modern style and will have a positive impact on the passengers, providing with additional free space and consequently comfort accommodation.
The Equipment of the New Car
This model, among the other company’s creations, has got a new multimedia complex SYNC 3 with instant reacting buttons, improved voice control system as well as the SYNC Connector app, which enables the driver to start the engine, lock and unlock the doors of the car, obtain information about the amount of fuel and the need for inspection remotely, using a mobile device.
The interface of the infotainment complex, due to the firmware QNX, from Blackberry manufacturer, is maintained in the same design as the shell of the smart phone.
The sports “set”, three fresh body colors, as well as two fresh models – Titanium and SE are available for the updated Ford Escape.
In addition, the off-road car is fully stuffed with the most progressive functions and safety systems as well as electronic assistants, including the Cruise Control system with automatic braking, automatic switching from high to low beam, the system which monitors the “blind” zone of the vehicle, the automatic Hill Start Assist system and others.
As for the motor of this crossover, the EcoBoost powertrain with a capacity of 1.6 liter has been replaced by the fresh 1.5 – liter four-cylinder Turbo Engine producing as much as 180 HP. This engine, referring to the EcoBoost family, turned out to be 15 HP more productive compared with its predecessor. An advanced two-liter EcoBoost powertrain, which produces 245 HP, has been also added in the lineup.
Due to the upgrading of the intake system and the installation of new pistons, the engine is virtually inaudible. Both of the power units are equipped with the “stop – start” function, which had a positive impact on the fuel consumption (5-7% less). Only the atmospheric 168-power engine remained unimproved.
The six-speed manual transmission will be mounted in the novelty.
The price for the Ford Escape is yet unknown, the manufacturer intends to disclose this question in detail during the official presentation.