2017 Ford Escape: Greater Escape with Competitive Features
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The new 2017 Ford Escape is here with a technologically advanced, refined and affordable sports utility vehicle (SUV), making driving simpler, safer, more enjoyable.
The powerful and efficient engines including Ford’s twin-scroll turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-litre four cylinder EcoBoost® engine, which produces 239 HP and 366 Nm of torque.
A 2.5-litre iVCT Duratec Automatic petrol engine with 169 HP and 230 Nm of torque is also available, with each engine variant mated to a six-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
The craving for a bold and sporty has been fulfilled in this car with restyled taillights providing the finishing edge. A large upper trapezoidal grille and a smaller lower grille are flanked by sleek new headlamps incorporating LED daytime running lights and complemented by stylish fog lamps.
While a new range of alloy wheel designs also is available in a variety of finishes including Luster Nickel and the sizes of 17-18-19 inches. A power-operated retractable tow bar automatically stores itself out of sight below the rear bumper when not in use, to retain the new Escape’s sporty looks.
The new bonnet features a more wide and uninterrupted central dome that not only serves to complement Escape’s sporty new looks but also incorporates a structural design that more closely controls deformability and flexibility of the bonnet, improving pedestrian protection in an accident. Overhangs such as the bonnet and rear liftgate have been re-engineered to help mitigate damage to more expensive-to-replace components following a collision.
The new Escape’s meticulously crafted interior has been refined to offer a more stylish and comfortable experience for occupants.
The steering wheel and air-conditioning controls are developed to be more intuitive and are easy to sync, and feature fewer and easily distinguishable buttons and switches, making the controls easier to recognise and navigate.
CONNECTED WITH SYNC 3
Simplifying the user experience by putting the audio and phone options customers use most at their fingertips, SYNC 3 has been further improved through increased processing power and a reduction in the number of steps required for a command. Additionally, to increase connectivity with other users, now introducing Arabic along with the already existing French language support, both text and voice activation – enabling easier control for drivers.
With high definition experience of the eight-inch touch screen that is similar to smartphone screens - pinch-to-zoom and swipe gestures, SYNC3 provides customers with an intuitive user capability.
Smart phone integration has been stepped up with several fantastic new features, including Apple CarPlay*, which allows iPhone users to make phone calls, access music, and send and receive text messages via voice control while the driver stays focused on the road. The system is also compatible with Siri Eyes Free which allows for easy access to Siri with iPhones connected via Bluetooth.
Android users will be able to activate Android Auto*, which makes the platform's apps and services such as Google Search, Google Maps and Google Play Music accessible in a safe and seamless manner through SYNC3.
New Escape has a range of selectable safety features to ensure driver’s optimum comfort with technologies like an enhanced version of Ford’s ‘Active City Stop’ - collision avoidance system, which now operates at speeds of up to 50 km/h. Active City Stop uses sensors at the front of the vehicle to look for hazards and possible collision points if there is a static object in the road ahead and pre-charges the brakes if the vehicle is approaching towards the object too quickly. In the scenario where the driver still fails to take any action, the system reduces engine torque and automatically applies the brakes to reduce the impact of collisions or avoid them altogether. It helps in increasing focus on the road.
Ford ‘MyKey’ technology allows to programme a key especially beneficial for the younger drivers that can inhibit incoming phone calls, prevent deactivation of driver assistance and safety features; restrict top speed; reduce audio system maximum volume, and if occupants are not using safety belts it disables the audio system altogether. It offers a greater number of choices in both the speed limiter and speed minder settings.
New Escape also offers advanced Ford technologies such as the Ford Intelligent All-Wheel Drive that is crucial for adjusting the amount of torque sent to each wheel and as an end result optimising handling and traction in slippery conditions as well.
Also, Torque Vectoring Control helps in enhancing the driving experience by applying a small amount of braking to inside wheels to assist traction and stability when cornering.
Added convenience is the Electronic Parking Brake (EPB), with just a press of a button it makes the car do all the work while you relax. Also, it frees room for improved storage in a centre console that now also features a storage area capable of accommodating a variety of bottles and cups, and a new USB connection point for integrating and charging mobile devices. A door lock indicator now tells drivers at a glance whether the doors are locked.
The Escape also offers Hands-Free Liftgate that can be opened or closed using a kicking motion beneath the rear bumper. Amazingly handy when the user has too many carry bags in their hands.
The Escape’s popularity is born of its reputation for great fuel economy, versatility, and technology aimed at helping customers, and it stands proudly as an integral part of Ford’s SUV lineup and it is one of Ford’s best-selling SUV’s. The price of this car ranges from AED 79,950 to AED 130,000 and the warranty period being 5 years or 100,000 kms.