The 2017 Ford Escape is being made in Louisville to be ready to go on sale in May. The Escape will be the first Ford vehicle available with all-new SYNC Connect and the first to offer SYNC 3 featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There are many available ADAS features.
The 2017 Escape will also have available driver-assist technology that can help keep drivers in their lane, maintain a set speed and distance on the highway, and even aid drivers in getting out of a tight parking spot. In addition to other favorite features such as a hands-free liftgate and SYNC 3 driver-connectivity system, the new Escape features these available technologies:
- Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning and Brake Support: Sensors detect when Escape is approaching a slow-moving vehicle and adjusts cruise control accordingly.
- SYNC Connect: Lets owners use a smartphone app to start, lock, unlock and locate their vehicle.
- Enhanced Active Park Assist: Provides automatic steering assistance to park the vehicle in a parallel or perpendicular parking spot, and pull out from tight parallel parking spots
- Lane-Keeping System: The system includes lane-keeping assist, which alerts drivers when they drift unintentionally from their lane, and lane-keep aid, which provides steering assistance to guide an unintentionally drifting vehicle back in its lane.
- Driver Alert System: Using data from the lane-keeping system, Driver Alert detects signs of fatigued driving and provides a warning on the instrument cluster.
- Remote start and door locking via the new FordPass platform.
Other new features available include enhanced active park assist. Two EcoBoost engines are newly available – a 1.5-liter and a 2.0-liter twin-scroll, both with Auto Start/Stop functionality.
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.
Escape is first Ford SUV in United States to get Cold Weather Package feature, designed to melt light snow and ice from wiper blades in under 10 minutes at minus 18 degrees Fahrenheit. Drivers of the new Escape equipped with SYNC Connect can activate the windshield wiper de-icer system from their smartphone as part of the FordPass experience. SYNC Connect allows owners to start, lock, unlock and locate their vehicle from virtually anywhere using a smartphone.
Three shifts of line workers are tasked with keeping pace at Louisville Assembly Plant – 20 hours per day on weekdays, 10 hours on the weekend. Through the first two months of 2016, Escape is on track to eclipse last year’s record sales, and available new features and Ford’s commitment to high quality should only broaden the vehicle’s appeal.