Escape is one of the most lucrative crossovers in blue oval’s lineup with sales figures of more than 300,000 models for year 2014. Ever since it shifted generations in the middle of year 2012, sales have been growing, but 2014 year model is the first one to surpass the magic number. After a few successful years, compact crossover deserves a facelift, and it seems it’s going to get one, but not before late 2016. This would make 2017 Ford Escape the first of two, or maybe three revised third generation models; if everything remains as planned, that is.
2017 Ford Escape Engine
Powertrain lineup shouldn’t be changed in mid-cycle, and Escape features plenty of choices for its class, after all. Base engine is 2.5L 4-cylinder one which makes 168 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. Apart from this normally aspirated unit, 2017 Ford Escape also gets couple of turbocharged options. 1.6L turbo four is the fuel-efficient one, and delivers 178 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, while 2.0L turbo four is performance one and yields as much as 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. Entry-level S models can only be ordered with base 2.5L unit, while SE grade allows you to choose any of the three available mills. Finally, top Titanium tier comes exclusively with couple of turbocharged 4-cylinders. What every single model has in common, however is 6-speed automatic transmission. Drivetrain, however, differs from model to model. While base ones only offer front-wheel drive, SE and Titanium Escapes come with a choice between front and all-wheel drive.
Mid-cycle refresh always brings some changes to the exterior. It seems that 2017 Ford Escape will adopt blue oval’s strategy to feature Aston Martin grille. This will make compact crossover’s fascia more car-like, but also much more enthusiastic than it is now. Together with grille, Escape will get revised headlamps and bumper, while midsection probably carries over without any changes. Rear end, however, should get a new bumper and tailgate, together with new tail-light graphics.
While cabin layout of a fresh Escape probably won’t be changed, new materials will certainly find their way to get there. New colors, two-tone variations and more plush details are what awaits future Ford’s compact crossover owners. Cluttered instrument panel might not look like a best choice, but at least it gives the cabin some pizzazz which compacts usually lack. Mid-grade onward, you’ll even get Ford’s new SYNC 3 infotainment system which works well with Sony sound system. Leather-trimmed seats, however, only come with Titanium models, while rest of the lineup offers quality cloth upholstery. It is worth mentioning that top grades can also be fitted with panoramic sunroof which can really make the difference; refinement-wise. When it comes to safety, 2017 Ford Escape offers all mandatory systems like airbags, anti-lock brakes and stability control, together with some advanced options like a rearview camera, blind spot monitors, cross traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors.
Every single model is bound to keep its fuel economy ratings unchanged. Base engine is rated at 23/31 mpg, while turbo options’ ratings depend on a chosen drivetrain. Front-wheel drive 1.6L models are rated at 23/32 mpg, while 2.0L option returns 22/30 mpg. All-wheel drive lowers the numbers, especially highway ones. While smaller turbo four returns 22/29 mpg, larger unit is rated at 21/28 mpg.
2017 Ford Escape Price
Prices between $23,000 and $30,000 shouldn’t change a lot, but it has to be noted that fully upgraded Titanium Escape could cost as much as $40,000.
2017 Ford Escape is a capable compact crossover which is mostly intended for pavement driving. It offers three choices in powertrain department, and everyone should find something that suits him. It also offers capable and tech-riddled cabin which should be able to keep you busy on occasion or two.