Ford Escape Get A Retouched Front End

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At the launch of the motor show in Los Angeles, the official debut of the restyling Ford Escape will take place. On the eve of this event, the company shared official images and information about its novelty. In Europe and some other regions this model is known as Ford Kuga.

The current update to the 2017 model year is complex and affected not only the design, but also the technical stuffing. Changes in the appearance of the updated crossover are combined with a significantly redesigned interior and an expanded list of optional equipment.

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Changes in appearance

Although the adjustments in the shape of Escape can not be called significant, they made the exterior more effective. The model received a stylish radiator grille with active aerodynamic dampers, six new versions of cast wheel rims and revised rear LED lights. All these improvements made the crossover look like the Edge.

In the interior of the car, there were: a new steering wheel, a modified center console, a pair of coasters and a more comfortable armrest. Replacement of the lever of a mechanical parking brake on the electronic analog made it possible to add a little free space. Also, it should be noted other air ducts and an expanded range of finishing materials.

New SYNC and other equipment

Escape was the first in the Ford model range to acquire a new SYNC 3 multimedia with an improved touchscreen response, a modernized voice control system and support for the SYNC Connect app, which allows the driver to remotely start/stop the engine, open/close doors, receive fuel quantity and the need for maintenance. The interface of this information-entertainment complex thanks to the firmware QNX from the company Blackberry has the same form as the software of smartphones.

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For the restyling Ford Escape, the Sport Appearance Package is available, three new body shades and a pair of previously unavailable trim levels – SE and Titanium.

In addition, the SUV has been equipped with the most advanced security systems and electronic assistants, including adaptive cruise control with auto-braking function, parking assistant, automatic switching systems between the far and low beam, observance of the driving range, control of the blind zones, assistance at start-up up hill, warnings about objects moving in perpendicular direction, etc.

Upgraded engine

In the engine range of the crossover, the new 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine was replaced by a new 180-horsepower (184 ft lb) turbocharged I4 of 1.5 liters capacity. This engine, also part of the EcoBoost family, delivers 15 hp more than its predecessor.

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Also in the line came the modernized two-liter EcoBoost motor, the output of which, with a torque of 275 ft lb, reaches 245 “horses”. Thanks to the installation of new pistons and completion of the intake system, the unit began to work much quieter. Both engines received a start-stop system, which allowed to reduce the consumption by 4-6%. Did not touch the completion of only the 168-strong (169 ft lb) naturally aspirated i-VCT. Transmission is a non-alternative 6-speed automatic transmission.

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