As part of an ‘overall’ update to the midsized SUV, the Escape gets two new EcoBoost engines, new interior features and a refreshed look on the outside.
A 1.5 litre engine producing 135kW and 250Nm replaces a 1.6 litre unit for US customers, while a new 2.0 litre twin-scroll turbo engine is good for 183kW and 374Nm.
The 2017 Escape will also see the current 2.5 litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine continue for some variants.
Compared to the (very) recently updated Kuga announced for Australian customers, this 2017 model boasts a new grille, revised headlights and an updated front bumper.
There’s also a new design for the LED taillights at the rear, along with six new alloy wheel designs although at least one example pictured here is similar to one of Ford’s current designs.
Completing the exterior update is the addition of three new paint finishes to the available list - White Gold, Canyon Ridge and Lightning Blue.
Inside, the Escape can be had in S, SE or Titanium spec in the US, currently sold as the Kuga Ambiente, Trend and Titanium in Australia.
New Charcoal Black with Deep Space trim, Medium Stone and Salerno leather trim options are available in the updated model, while the interior also brings an electronic park brake, a revised ventilation system and a new steering wheel.
For US customers, the updated Escape will be the first Ford to offer remote control of various features via a smartphone app and Ford’s SYNC Connect, as part of a SYNC 3 upgrade to the infotainment system.
Owners can lock or unlock the doors, check tyre pressures, check fuel level or even start the engine remotely using the app.
The hands-free tailgate activated by a ‘swiping’ foot motion carries over for the 2017 model, while safety features include blind-spot monitoring, automatic high beam, rear cross traffic alert, driver fatigue warning and hill start assist.
Local specifications and timing for the 2017 Kuga are yet to be determined, but given Ford Australia’s recent update for its local Kuga range, the arrival of the 2017 model could be a way off.
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