The Ford Escape is brand’s top-selling SUV that is found in the hottest compact segment. It is the safe choice for everyone who wants modern styling, great handling and steering, modern interior and tech features, useful cargo space and efficient EcoBoost engines. Ford updated this valuable vehicle for the 2017 model and 2018 Ford Escape will continue with minimal changes.
New for 2018:
For the 2017 model year, the Escape received a mid-cycle update which brought improvements on all fronts. An updated Escape benefits from the new tech and safety features and revised front and rear end styling. Some changes occurred in models cabin as well but most importantly this model added two new turbocharged engines. Fuel economy has also improved and new shocks and springs provide better handling. With all those improvements, this model is ready to continue to the new model year with minor changes that can include some equipment regrouping and new color options.
2018 Ford Escape: Styling
The styling of the new 2018 Ford Escape will be both modern and sporty and that thanks to the current version facelift. The model’s exterior design draws inspiration from hatchbacks and also adopts Blue Oval Brand’s corporate face which debuted on the 2013 Fusion sedan model.
The Escape’s front end styling will be characterized with large six-sided grille and stylish swept-back headlights. Sporty front bumper and creased hood will also add to it look.
Aggressive lines will continue to extend on models side panels where strong character line and sculpted fenders will make it more attractive. The story won’t change on its rear end where wraparound taillights and carved sheetmetal will also look attractive.
Inside the cabin, the model will also feature dynamic and modern design. The design will be good but material and build quality will also. The model will also feature well-placed controls that are easy to reach and seat comfort will also be good. With all that, the roominess in the front and rear rows will also be satisfying as well as available cargo space of 68 cu ft. Add to those available luxuries and modern tech features and you will get a great vehicle for the everyday ride.
Trims, Equipment, safety:
Ford will offer its compact crossover in S, SE and Titanium trims.
The base variant will include the Sync tech interface with smartphone integration, six speakers, cloth upholstery, full power accessories, remote keyless entry, rearview camera, etc.
The SE version will add turbocharged engine, 17-inch alloys, for lights, LED DRLs, dual-zone climate control, 10-way power and heated front seats, upgraded 8-inch infotainment interface, leather upholstery, more safety features, etc.
The top trim will upgrade with ambient lighting, power liftgate, premium Sony sound system, driver memory setting, 2.0-liter engine, etc.
The 2018 Escape will also offer the list of active safety features. Available there will be forward collision prevention with automatic braking, parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, etc.
2018 Ford Escape: Powertrains, MPG
The new 2018 Ford Escape will likely offer the trio of engines available on the current version, although Ford might discontinue the base engine.
The base engine on the current model is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder. It makes 168 horsepower and torque of 170 pound-feet. A six-speed automatic transmission will gear all Escape models and standard will be front-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive which can split 100 percent of power front to rear will also be available but not with the base engine.
Among the two EcoBoost engines, the first will be a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit. It can produce 179 hp and torque of 177 lb-ft. The second turbocharged option will be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It is at the top with 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque.
The base engine will return 24 mpg combined. Equipped with the 1.5-liter engine and front-wheel drive, Escape will earn around 30 mpg combined. With all-wheel drive it will be around 28 mpg. The top-of-the-line engine will provide 29 mpg combined with FWD and 27 mpg combined with AWD.
2018 Ford Escape: Launch date, Price
The arrival of the 2018 Ford Escape should be in the first half of 2018. The price could vary slightly from the current range. The current version starts from $23, 600 and reaches $29, 100.