The new Ford Escape is official this morning! But boy is this redesign subtle. In fact, facelift is a bit more accurate. A fresh new nose wears a more defined horizontal three-bar grille design than the slim upper grille of the current model. A new headlamp design wears brighter, more current white DRLs in the lower edge of the lighting, while squared projector balls are shown with HID lamps in the Titanium spec shown so far.
This loaded Escape Titanium always looked cool and premium, however, at the expense of its much more popular SE and S trims, which lacked the big wheels and any LEDs previously.
To correct the coolness discrep, the new SE and Titanium can each be ordered with a very cool Sport package. This wears dark trims all around, black wheels and numerous other tweaks. The SE Convenience pack is also new, with the cool tech and big wheels outside in traditional bright finishes.
The sharing goodness continues for the engine lineup this year. The base Escape S still runs a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, but the most popular engine will be the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbo. The 2.0-liter twin-scroll EcoBoost is also on the dock for 2017, with improved efficiency thanks to available stop-start to cut the engine at stoplights.
No horsepower ratings are available yet for the three engine choices, but all are paired with a six-speed automatic with optional AWD.
The Escape also reveals some new SYNC functionality and control via mobile apps, improved voice recognition and simpler, faster interfaces for the audio and navigation functions.
2017 Ford Escape