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Redesigned 2017 Ford Escape Makes Local Debut

By on August 18, 2016

SAN JUAN—The significantly updated 2017 Ford Escape sport utility vehicle (SUV) made its local debut Aug. 18 during a special event held at an art studio in San Juan’s Puerta de Tierra sector.

The Escape – the vehicle that helped popularize the compact SUV, one of the largest automotive segments – is being redesigned from the inside out for model year 2017 with the latest driver-assist technologies, connectivity and two new efficient EcoBoost engines.

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2017 Ford Escape (Credit: Ford)

The new Escape features available SYNC Connect mobile access and driver-assist technologies such as adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support, a lane-keeping system, and Enhanced Active Park Assist.

Escape is the first Ford vehicle to make Auto Start/Stop technology standard with either of two new-to-Escape EcoBoost engines – a 1.5-liter EcoBoost and a 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged EcoBoost.

Auto Start/Stop technology shuts off the engine during common stops, so the vehicle burns no gas and emits zero tailpipe emissions.

“Since its introduction for the 2001 model year, Ford Escape has been a leader in offering advanced driver-assist technologies and the 2017 Escape carries on that leadership,” said Pablo Hasse, regional director for Ford in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Central America. “In addition to other favorite features such as a hands-free liftgate and SYNC 3 driver connectivity system, the new Escape features a long list of other available safety technologies.”

These include: Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning and Brake Support; SYNC Connect; Enhanced Active Park Assist; Lane-Keeping System; and Driver Alert System.

New interior

Changes to the interior began with a new push-button electronic parking brake, which replaces the large, traditional hand-actuated parking brake. This change dramatically enhanced the front-row experience for the driver. The gear shifter was repositioned rearward to give improved access to climate controls on the center stack.

In addition, a media bin was added at bottom of the stack, offering access to a USB port and a covered power outlet. The redesign also features improved cup holders, two new storage bins and a larger center armrest.

The new Escape features an all-new steering wheel with easy-to-work buttons for audio and climate system controls, and a new “swing-bin” glove box provides easier access to stored items.

“Virtually every surface a customer will touch is new, in design or material,” said Chris Mazur, Escape program manager. “In some cases, it’s the minor changes that have the greatest impact on driver or passenger comfort.”

Redesigned front and rear

On the exterior of the vehicle, design changes to the front and rear give the new Escape a more confident, rugged persona. The redesigned hood and raised trapezoidal upper set a wider stance – evoking a more prominent feel for the front of the new Escape.

More of the smart technologies that drivers want Escape will be available with two new-to-Escape powertrains – a 1.5-liter EcoBoost and a 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged EcoBoost – and both will include Auto Start/Stop technology as standard equipment.

Base models are powered by a 2.5-liter i-VCT four-cylinder engine.

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