2017 Ford Escape boosts appeal with keener pricing and more kit

The new Ford Escape has joined Ford’s Australian SUV line-up for 2017 replacing the Ford Kuga with a lower starting price and more efficient powertrain. Adopting the global nameplate, the Ford Escape are available in three trim levels with pricing starting from $28,490 plus on-roads.

“The Escape sees the return to a proven nameplate that Australians can identify with, and sees young families and millenials with a sense of adventure benefit from Ford’s global vehicle portfolio,” said Ford Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman. “It strengthens our SUV line-up with a more refined and sharper offering as our SUV range continues to grow.”

The Escape is essentially a facelifted Kuga with the following key changes over the Ford Kuga:

  • Refreshed design inside and out for a distinctive look.
  • Improved specification including paddle-shifters on auto Escape, building on the fun-to-drive ethos.
  • Improved fuel economy for 2.0-litre models thanks to automatic start/stop as standard, reducing running costs.
  • New FWD 1.5-litre Escape Trend fills the gap in Ford’s line-up, providing a variant that almost one-third of customers in this segment choose.

Outside, the Escape sports similar design language with other Ford SUVs, including a large upper trapezoidal two-bar grille and a smaller lower grille flanked by new headlamps incorporating Daytime Running Lights.

At the back, the taillights have also been updated, while a new range of 18- and 19-inch alloy wheel designs will appear on the Trend and Titanium models. Two new colours – White Platinum (tri-coat) and Copper Pulse – will also be introduced.

Inside, the interior boasts a new steering wheel and designed dash with fewer buttons, along with an 8-inch SYNC 3 infotainment system that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. All automatic Escape models will feature paddle-shifters that enable drivers to manually select gears.

The handbrake is now electronic while the second-row stadium seating boasts family-friendly packaging, with rear tray tables on the Titanium, as well as ISOFIX anchorage-points and rear air-vents on all models.

Driver assist technologies include Ford’s Adaptive Front Lighting System, Active City Stop (which now operates at speeds of up to 50km/h, up from 30km/h), Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Automatic Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning and Brake Support and a Driver Alert System.

2017 Ford Escape range: model by model pricing and specification

New Ford Escape Ambiente (Excl. on-roads)
1.5L FWD 6-speed manual $28,490
1.5L FWD 6-speed automatic $29,990
1.5L AWD 6-speed automatic $32,990

Standard Features

  • SYNC 3 with 8.0-inch capacitive touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Embedded satellite-navigation with Traffic Management Control (TMC)
  • Dual-zone climate control with rear air vents
  • AM/FM/DAB+ radio, six-speaker audio with USB input, Bluetooth streaming
  • Reverse Camera and rear parking sensors
  • Cruise Control with speed limiter
  • Daytime running-lights
  • Push-button start
  • Front and rear fog-lamps
  • Electronic Parking Brake
  • SYNC Emergency Assist
  • Ford MyKey

New Ford Escape Trend (Excl. on-roads)
1.5L EcoBoost FWD 6-speed automatic $32,990
2.0L EcoBoost AWD 6-speed automatic $35,990
2.0L TDCi AWD 6-speed automatic $38,490

Standard Features
As per Ambiente, plus:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Roof-rails in silver finish
  • Privacy Glass
  • Automatic rain-sensing windscreen wipers
  • Automatic-dimming rear-vision mirror
  • Automatic on/off headlights
  • Follow-me home lighting
  • Leather-wrap gear lever

New Ford Escape Titanium (Excl. on-roads)
2.0L EcoBoost AWD 6-speed automatic $44,990
2.0L TDCi AWD 6-speed automatic $47,490

Standard Features
As per Trend, plus:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Smart Keyless Entry
  • Power folding mirrors with approach light Bi-Xenon HID headlights with auto levelling
  • LED Daytime-running lights
  • Adaptive Beam Shape and Dynamic bending headlights
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front-seating
  • 10-way power-adjustable Driver’s seat
  • Front parking sensors
  • Enhanced Active Park Assist
  • Panoramic glass roof
  • Front and rear velour floor mats
  • Hands-free power tailgate
  • Multi-colour ambient lighting
  • LED taillights
  • Nine-speaker audio

2017 Ford Escape technical specification

1.5L (six-speed manual)
110kW@ 6000rpm
240Nm@ 1600-5000rpm
6.3L/100km (FWD) 
Towing capacity: 1500(FWD); 1600kg (AWD)

1.5L (six-speed paddle-shift automatic)
134kW@ 6000rpm
240Nm@ 1600-5000rpm
7.2L/100km (FWD) 
7.5L/100km (AWD) 
Towing capacity: 1500kg  (FWD); 1600kg  (AWD)

2.0L (six-speed paddle-shift automatic)
178kW@ 5500rpm
345Nm@ 2000-4500rpm
Towing capacity: 1600kg

2.0L Diesel (six-speed paddle-shift automatic)
132kW@ 3500rpm
400Nm@ 2000-2500rpm
5.5L/100km (Trend) 
Towing capacity: 1800kg

Check Also

2024 Alfa Romeo Tonale mild-hybrid review

It’s not easy being an Alfa Romeo Tonale. You see, the mere mention of Alfa …