2017 Ford Escape SUV offers more driver-assist systems, two new EcoBoost engines

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 23, 2015

Ford has reengineered its Escape SUV to feature more driver-assist technologies, new mobile connectivity and two new efficient EcoBoost engines. In fact, the new Ford Escape is the carmaker’s first vehicle to come with available SYNC Connect that enables customers to unlock doors, check fuel level and determine its parking location.

With SYNC Connect, drivers could access their Ford Escape remotely through their smartphones. Using a special app installed on any smartphone, owners can use SYNC Connect to remotely start their SUVs as well as schedule future starts.

They could also access certain information like tire pressures, battery and fuel levels. SYNC Connect is available with SYNC 3 for the new Ford Escape and comes with complimentary activation for five years.

To enable their SYNC Connect, users just need to undergo a two-step authentication process that is designed to protect their personal information. SYNC 3 is perfect for those who want a faster infotainment system that could recognize even conversational voice. It also comes with intuitive smartphone-like touch screen and easy-to-understand graphical interface.

On the other hand, providing ample support to Ford Escape drivers are its driver-assist technologies like adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with brake support as well as an improved active park assist and a lane-keeping system.

These features are designed to make daily driving safer and easier in the new Ford Escape. For instance, the adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with brake support feature sensors that could detect that the Escape is nearing a slow-moving vehicle.

Then the system will adjust cruise control accordingly. On the other hand, the enhanced active park assist technology supports the driver during a maneuver into a parallel or reverse perpendicular parking spot. This technology, which includes side park distance control, also helps the driver to pull out from tight parallel parking spots.

Meanwhile, the lane-keeping system features lane-keeping alert and lane-keeping aid technologies. Lane-keeping alert provides a warning to drivers when it detects that the SUV is drifting unintentionally from the lane. Lane-keeping aid, meanwhile, provides steering assistance to guide a drifting vehicle back into its lane.

Moreover, the Driver Alert System uses data from the lane-keeping system to determine whether the driver is showing signs of fatigued driving. If these signs are present, the technology will then provide a warning on the instrument cluster.

The new Ford Escape still features existing driver-assist technologies like Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert (BLIS), hill-start assist, auto high-beam control and hands-free, foot-activated liftgate. BLIS provides a warning when the SUV enters a blind spot in a neighboring lane. The warning is indicated by a light on the side mirror corresponding to the location of the blind side.

The hill-start assist system, meanwhile, keeps the Escape in a stationary position on the hill when the driver is transitioning from brake to gas pedal. An approaching vehicle blinded by an inappropriate beam could lead to accident.

This can be prevented by the auto high-beam control system, which automatically switches from high to low beams, and vice versa, depending on ambient lighting. Opening the liftgate when one’s hand is full could be a hassle, but Ford Escape comes with a foot-activated liftgate that opens when the driver is in possession of the key fob kicks beneath rear bumper.

Customers can choose from three trim levels for their Escape SUVs: S, SE and Titanium trim levels. SE and Titanium customers, meanwhile, could avail of the new Sport Appearance Package. Customers purchasing Escape Titanium the could opt for the Charcoal Black with subtle Deep Space black trim, which comes in Salerno leather seats with distinct horizontal pattern.

They could also avail of the optional Medium Stone seats that will perfectly contrast with the SUV’s black interior. The new Ford Escape will be available in three new colors -- Canyon Ridge, White Gold and Lightning Blue -- and in six new wheel designs.

With the Escape, Ford is hoping to take advantage of the growing demand for SUVs not only in North America, but also around the globe. In fact, SUVs now account for around a third of the auto industry in the US and sales of the vehicle type are expected to top five million units for the first time this year.

Ford is also very optimistic of the demand for SUVs, expecting them to account for 40 percent of US sales by the end of the decade. The Ford Escape remains one of the most popular small SUVs around, with record sales of 306,212 units in North America in 2014. The carmaker expects to top that record this year. Since launching the Escape in 2000, Ford has sold over 3 million units in the US.

Powertrain

The latest iteration of the Ford Escape SUV could now be specified with any of the two new EcoBoost engines -- a 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter twin-scroll -- both with Auto Start-Stop feature as standard. Auto Start-Stop technology detects when the SUV is sitting idle and then shuts off the engine to conserve fuel.

When the driver releases the pedal to move the SUV, the engine will restart automatically in less than half a second. This feature could help save fuel by between 4 percent and 6 percent in stop-and-go traffic.

On the other hand, Ford’s aluminum-block, twin-cam 1.5-liter EcoBoost with integrated exhaust manifold is expected to develop 180 hp of output and 185 lb.-ft. of torque while the twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost provides 245 hp of output and 275 lb.-ft. of torque.

The 2.0-liter EcoBoost now features better fuel efficiency as well as enhanced NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) numbers. This turbocharged engine features new pistons that deliver a higher, more efficient compression ratio, as well as an integrated exhaust manifold that is optimized for the twin-scroll turbo system.

The new 1.5-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine is equipped as standard on the Ford Escape SE and Titanium trim levels, although customers could avail of the twin-scroll 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine as an option.

All Ford Escape models are fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission, although Escape SE and Titanium customers could avail of the new paddle-shift technology. Featured as standard for the Escape S series is the 2.5-liter i-VCT four-cylinder engine.

Press Release

FORD LAUNCHING TECHNOLOGY-PACKED NEW ESCAPE; MORE CONNECTIVITY, INNOVATIVE FEATURES MAKE DRIVING SAFER, EASIER

The popular Ford Escape SUV is newly engineered to make customers feel unstoppable – with even more driver-assist technologies to help enable safer and easier driving, new mobile connectivity that allows owners to interact with their vehicle from anywhere through a smartphone app, and two new efficient EcoBoost® engines.

The new Escape is the first Ford vehicle in the world with available SYNC® Connect, allowing users to unlock doors, check fuel level and even locate where a vehicle is parked.

To help drivers feel more confident behind the wheel, driver-assist technologies available for the new Escape include adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with brake support, a lane-keeping system and enhanced active park assist. That’s all packed in a vehicle that has been redesigned from the inside out, including a driver and front passenger area upgraded with more storage space and mobile device charge ports.

“The compact SUV segment is the largest and most competitive in the United States, and the new Escape delivers even more of what our customers want – more technology they can really use to make their daily drive safer and easier,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas.

SYNC Connect keeps drivers in touch with remote vehicle access
Need to lock your new Escape from across town? There is an app for that.

With SYNC Connect, owners can remotely start their vehicle and schedule future starts, as well as lock and unlock their Escape using their smartphones. The technology provides vehicle location, as well as key vehicle information such as tire pressures, battery and fuel levels.

SYNC Connect, available with SYNC® 3 for the new Escape, comes with complimentary activation for five years. A user enables the system through a two-step authentication process designed to protect personal information. SYNC 3 features faster performance, conversational voice recognition, intuitive smartphone-like touch screen and easier-to-understand graphical interface.

Driver-assist technologies SUV drivers want
Other driver-assist features available help make the daily commute safer and easier for drivers of the new Ford Escape:

·Adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with brake support: Sensors detect when Escape is approaching a slow-moving vehicle, and adjust cruise control accordingly
Enhanced active park assist: Provides steering assistance to park the vehicle in a parallel or reverse perpendicular parking spot, and pull out from tight parallel parking spots; driver controls brake, accelerator and shifter. Technology includes side park distance control
Lane-keeping system: The system includes lane-keeping alert, which alerts drivers when they drift unintentionally from their lane, and lane-keeping aid, which provides steering assistance to guide an unintentionally drifting vehicle back into its lane
Driver Alert System: Using data from the lane-keeping system, the Driver Alert System can detect signs of fatigued driving and provide a warning on the instrument cluster
Already available driver-assist features for the new Escape include:

Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert: BLIS® can alert drivers when a vehicle enters the defined blind spot in a neighboring lane. An indicator light provides a warning in the side mirror corresponding to the side on which the vehicle is approaching
Hill-start assist: The feature holds the vehicle stationary on a hill long enough for the driver to transition from brake to gas pedal
Auto high-beam control: System automatically switches from high to low beams, and vice versa, depending on ambient lighting
Hands-free, foot-activated liftgate: Opens liftgate with the simple kick of a key fob-carrying customer’s foot beneath rear bumper – perfect for those whose hands are loaded with gear
Two new EcoBoost engines with Auto Start-Stop
Escape is the first Ford vehicle to make Auto Start-Stop standard with either of two EcoBoost engines new to the model – a 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter twin-scroll. The technology senses when the vehicle is sitting idle and shuts off the engine to conserve fuel, resulting in a 4 percent to 6 percent improvement in fuel economy in stop-and-go traffic. The engine restarts automatically – in less than half a second – when the driver releases the brake pedal.

“Auto Start-Stop is the equivalent of turning off the lights when you leave a room, or turning off a water faucet when you’re done washing dishes,” said Milton Wong, Escape chief engineer. “It’s a high-tech approach to more efficient driving.”

Escape SE and Titanium trim levels come standard with the new 1.5-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost, while the powerful new twin-scroll 2.0-liter EcoBoost is optional. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard across the line, with new paddle-shift technology available for Escape SE and Titanium.

The twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost delivers 245 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque, along with greater efficiency and improved noise, vibration and harshness performance. New pistons provide a higher, more efficient compression ratio, and a newly designed, integrated exhaust manifold is optimized for the twin-scroll turbo system.

The aluminum-block, twin-cam 1.5-liter EcoBoost with integrated exhaust manifold is projected to deliver horsepower and torque output comparable to the 1.6-liter – an expected 180 horsepower and 185 lb.-ft. of torque.

Along with the new EcoBoost offerings, the 2.5-liter i-VCT four-cylinder engine carries over as standard equipment for the Escape S series.

Three trim levels, with new Sport Appearance Package
Escape customers can continue to select from S, SE and Titanium trim levels, as well as a new Sport Appearance Package available for SE and Titanium.

Charcoal Black with subtle Deep Space black trim is available for Escape Titanium. Salerno leather seats feature a unique horizontal pattern. Titanium customers can also opt for Medium Stone seats to contrast with the black interior.

Escape will be offered in three new colors – Canyon Ridge, White Gold and Lightning Blue. Six new wheel designs are also available.

Built to lead in a growing segment
Overall SUV sales continue to trend higher – both in North America and around the world. SUVs now account for about one third of the U.S. auto industry, a number Ford projects will grow to 40 percent by 2020. In the United States, SUV sales are expected to exceed 5 million units in 2015 for the first time ever.

Small SUVs play an increasingly larger role, and Escape remains one of the most popular. Since its launch in 2000, more than 3 million units have been sold in the United States, including a record 306,212 Escape vehicles in North America in 2014. Ford expects Escape sales this year will exceed that figure.

 

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