The current Escape has been around for some time so it would only be natural for Ford to replace or at least upgrade the car in order to become relevant once again. Well, not too long ago camouflaged cars have been spied in Germany and it seems that the changes that will be part of the new Kuga will also be carried over to the US model of the Escape which is great because it will give the car a fresh new look and even some improvements to its powertrain.
2017 Ford Escape Release Date
The 2017 Ford Escape is expected to be released at the end of 2016 and the car will go on sale at the start of 2017.
2017 Ford Escape Price
Its price will be very similar to that of the ongoing model which means the base model will start around $24,000 which may be a bit too high, especially since Mazda released the CX-5 which is more than $2,000 cheaper. Ford may go on the same route but for now, we will have to stick with what we said first. We do hope that the car will be better equipped and more powerful than before because even though its chassis has been great, the ride was a bit too harsh and the engines were too unrefined for most people.
The exterior is going to be the biggest change on the new 2017 Ford Escape which is going to receive a major facelift. While the base sheet metal will not change all that much, both its front and rear will be all new. In the front, the camouflaged model looks to get Ford’s newest design scheme with the new grille with three horizontal bars and the slimmer headlights. On top of that, the bumper looks to be more aggressive and its fog lights should now be LED as standard. The back will likely get new tail lights as well as a revised bumper which may get a new type of exhaust tip. Besides these, most of the body will remain the same which is to be expected for a mid-life facelift.
2017 Ford Escape Colors
Ford Escape Interior
The interior, on the other hand, will likely change a bit more and even though the basic design scheme with the round surfaces is going to be carried over, we do hope that at least the center console will be revised so it will not feature as many buttons as the current model. On top of that, the car will come with Ford’s latest Sync 3 infotainment system, better seats in the front as well as slightly better materials and better fittings throughout the cabin.
2017 Ford Escape Specs
Under the hood of the 2017 Ford Escape, we are likely going to see at least a new engine. The base model could drop the current 2.5 liters naturally aspirated inline 4 in the favor of the 1.6 liters turbocharged mill which this time might be offered in two different outputs. The base model could get a 1.6-liter turbo with 160 horsepower and around 180 lb-ft of torque while the higher end version will get an 180 horsepower and over 190 lb-ft of torque mill. The first will likely be available with front-wheel drive only and it may offer a better fuel consumption while the latter will likely get both front and all wheel drive.
The top of the range engine will likely remain the current 2 liters turbocharged inline 4 but this may see a small bump to around 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque which would allow it to compete with the more powerful cars in its class. This may also be the first engine to get Ford’s upcoming 9-speed automatic gearbox which has been in development for quite some time now.