Ford Escape Get a New Front End And Boosted Engine


At the motor show in Los Angeles, 2015, the premiere of the renewed crossover Ford Escape of 3rd generation was held, which is sold under the name Kuga in Europe. The restyling car received a retouched appearance, a modernized interior and a new engine.


Outside, the updated Ford Escape received a new hexagonal grille, made in the style similar to the another SUV of the brand – Edge. In addition, the crossover received a redesigned bumper, a refined head optics, other taillights with diode sections and new-design wheel rims. Also added three additional options for painting the body: Lighting Blue, White Gold and Canyon Ridge.

New Multimedia and minor changes in interior

In the cabin of Escape flaunts the SYNC 3 multimedia on a new firmware, thanks to which it was possible to speed up the response of the touch screen to pressing the buttons. Plus, this system works in conjunction with a mobile application that allows you to remotely check the fuel level in the tank, open or close the doors, and start the engine. In addition, the updated all-terrain vehicle acquired a parking brake button instead of the traditional handle, a new steering wheel and a modified central torpedo. Probably, all the above changes will go to the updated Ford Kuga as well.

In US market Ford Escape will competing with Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Equinox and Nissan Roque.

Interior is five-seat, but for surcharge you can get a third row of seats. The interior has significantly changed and become more modern. The quality of the finishing materials is at a decent level, but there is not much space for storing various trinkets. The steering wheel is new, more comfortable and informative. Console architecture was also refreshed.

There were 2 additional cup holders and the design of the central armrest was changed. Due to the presence of an electronic parking brake, added space between the seats. The design of the deflectors of the climate system has also changed. It is worth noting the modern sound and noise insulation of high quality: during the movement of the motor is almost unaudible. There is a 110/220 V outlet in the interior as well .

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New 1.5L turbo

In place of the former 1.6-liter engine in the line of powertrains for the Ford Escape came with the 183-horsepower turbocharged quater EcoBoost with a working volume of 1.5 liters, and the top two-liter engine with a output of 249 hp. It was upgraded to reduce noise and vibration. This was achieved thanks to the installation of a different exhaust manifold and new pistons. Also in the line was preserved a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated engine with a output of 168 horsepower – it remained unchanged. The equipment of the model includes an improved automatic parking system (perpendicular parking mode added), adaptive cruise control with front-collision warning function, blind zone tracking system and marking, a help function for starting uphill, etc.

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The role of the transmission is performed by a six-speed automatic, with the possibility of switching speeds with the help of paddle shifters. The car could be equipped with Sport Package available in SE and Titanium packages, as well as a start/stop system. The latter will save gasoline by as much as 6%.
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