2017 Ford Escape: The Sound Economics of Technology Sharing
“Trickle-down.” Even though those were economics buzzwords in the ’80s, they’re still well known and capable of stirring up emotions. However, in the automotive world, it’s hard to see the trickle-down system as anything but good.
It happens when major elements of the designs of flagship vehicles find their way onto entry-level models. Inevitably, it also happens with the technologies debuted on more expensive offerings. One four-wheel manifestation of that practice is the 2017 Ford Escape, which is featured in the following video shot at the 2015 LA Auto Show.
Not only does the next-gen Escape get a two-bar grille and exterior styling that brings to mind the larger Edge, but it also gets a variety of helpful features found on its corporate siblings higher up in the Ford model hierarchy. For instance, the baby Blue Oval receives the peace of mind of the Lane-Keeping System and adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with brake support.
The replacement of the parking brake lever with a button frees up interior storage space. The availability of two new EcoBoost engines with gas-saving Auto Start-Stop functionality – a 1.5-liter unit with an anticipated 180 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque and a twin-scroll 2.0-liter power plant with 245 and 275, respectively – will help drivers put more distance between themselves and the people behind them on the road.
We’ll have to wait until later this year to see if the owners of Edges and Explorers who no longer need the space those provide will trickle down into buying the 2017 Escape.
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