2017 Ford Escape Coming with FordPass and SYNC Connect to Dealerships in May

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Next month, the 2017 Ford Escape will roll into showrooms with fresh styling, new engine options, and enhanced technology.

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Like the current model, the ’17 is available in three trim levels: S, SE, and Titanium. SE and Titanium Escapes can be equipped with a new Sport Appearance Package, which adds such features as 19-inch Ebony Black wheels, darkened headlamp and taillamp trim, and high-gloss black exterior accents. All Escapes come with improved ergonomics and increased storage options, including bins in front of and behind the cupholders, and a compartment that provides access to a lighted USB port and a covered power outlet that can be used to charge and store electronic devices.

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Ford offers the new Escape with a trio of engines, each connected to a six-speed automatic. The 2.5-liter naturally aspirated I4 with 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque returns from the 2016 Escape. The Escape SE and Escape Titanium come standard with a new 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that’s good for 179 horsepower and 177 lb-ft. At the top of the lineup is a 2.0-liter twin-scroll EcoBoost I4 that generates 245 horses and 275 units of twist. Both EcoBoost engines feature gas-saving Auto Start-Stop technology and can be paired with Ford’s intelligent four-wheel drive system, which can transfer up to 100 percent of the engine’s torque from the front to the rear wheels. The 1.5-liter EB in a front-wheel-drive Escape is the most economical choice with a city rating of 23 mpg, a highway figure of 30, and a combined efficiency of 26.

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Technology improvements come in the form of greater safety and convenience features, including adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support, and enhanced active park assist that can help a driver place the Escape in parallel and perpendicular parking spots, as well as SYNC Connect. That’s available in the Technology Package on the Escape SE and is standard equipment on the Escape Titanium. According to Ford, SYNC Connect “enables drivers to use the new FordPass [mobile] platform to lock, unlock and locate their Escape, as well as schedule remote starts and check fuel level.”

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After its debut on the 2017 Ford Escape, SYNC Connect will make its way into the new Ford Fusion later this year. Eventually, Ford’s other models will receive the connectivity tech.

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When we get our hands on the 2017 Escape, we’ll be sure to bring you plenty of real-world pictures of it and our thoughts about the changes Ford has made to its smallest SUV.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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