The updated 2017 Ford Escape SE heads to the dealership in the first half of the year, boasting a mid-cycle refresh that provides this popular compact crossover SUV. A bolder exterior and a more user-friendly interior along with a pair of new EcoBoost engines and advanced tech refinements. Elevating its curbside profile in a subtle yet chic way, the 2017 Escape promises revised front/rear fascia and lighting treatments, a redrawn hood. Now made from light-weight aluminum, and blue new Canyon Range White Gold and Lighting Blue finishes. Those looking for an edgier take can opt for a new Sports Appearance Package available on SE/Titanium models that feature Ebony Black/Piano Black accents and upsized 19-inch Ebony Black painted alloys wrapped in 235/45 tires.
2017 Ford Escape SE – Revamped Cabin:
The new Escape’s cabin benefits from the transformation process: beyond enhanced aesthetics and a more prominent presence of soft surfaces, the 2017 Ford Escape SE claims a more user-friendly multifunction steering wheel. The obsolete lever-type parking brake also has been replaced with an electronic switch that frees valuable space on a refined center console equipped with better cupholders and stow cubbies. In a nutshell, the new Escape offers a larger, more comfortable armrest, superior ventilation and a swing-bin glovebox. New USB ports, one or two in number, as per the trim increase charging speed.
As far as infotainment is concerned, the 2017 Escape becomes Ford’s first vehicle to offer the firm’s latest Sync 3telematics package. That includes support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also introduces Sync Connect.
2017 Ford Escape SE – Exterior Specs:
Much of Ford’s refreshed budget has been spent working on the interior, claimed Chris Mazur, “Pretty much everything the customer touches, we touched”. The helm features a new three-spoke steering wheel with larger five-way buttons. Ticking the box for the short package upgrades to a leather-wrapped wheel with white cross-stitching, a leather-wrapped shifter, and patterned cloth sports seats with leather and vinyl bolster. Darker plastic and piano black trim pieces banish the previous model’s 50 shades-of-gray palettes. It looks and feels nicer everywhere! The new shape of the one-piece outboard vents directs more air into the spacious cabin.
Installing a new electric parking brake and moving some optional controls to the climate-control panel frees up more space for three storage cubbies around the cupholder. The USB port in the forward cubby charges devices twice as fast. A large armrest hides a dual-level pocket: pull the left lever on the clamshell top to access a shallow tray and pull the right for a massive six-Liter pocket that’s 50% larger than the previous one.
2017 Ford Escape SE – Engine Improvements:
On the engine side, the base S trim sticks with the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 168 hp and 170 pound-feet of torque. The standard motor on the SE trim is the 1.5-liter EcoBooost four-cylinder shared with the Ford Fusion, here developing 179 hp and 186 lb-ft. That’s six horsepower and two more pound-feet than the former mid-grade Escape engine, a 1.6-liter EcoBoost.
The 2017 Ford Escape SE is a tremendous improvement on what was an already remarkable crossover. The customer-focused changes pay dividends to the Escape faithful.