When it comes to the rapidly increasing number of small crossovers, the Ford Escape remains one of the safest choices. That is even more the case after the mid-cycle update it received for the 2017 model year.The list of notable upgrades that make the Escape one of the top contenders in this segment is quite impressive. It now boasts a refreshed styling, two new EcoBoost engines as well as a host of new tech features. That said, expect the 2018 Ford Escape to bring mostly changes compared to its predecessor. According to some reports, the upcoming model could go on sale in mid-2017.
2018 Ford Escape Changes
The latest set of styling updates gave the Escape a bolder and more prominent exterior. Some of the most noticeable tweaks can be seen on its front fascia which now sports a revised grille and headlights. The Ford Escape 2018 will also benefit from a weight-saving aluminum hood and a fresh pair of taillights. Those who opt for a more athletic look should probably go for the recently introduced Sport Appearance Package. The package includes such features as 19-inch Ebony Black alloy wheels and a number of Ebony Black/Piano Black accents.
The updated Escape boasts a thoroughly improved interior design as well. It now offers a more user-friendly multifunction steering wheel as well as a bevy of new soft-touch surfaces. Instead of the conventional lever-type parking brake, expect to see an electronic switch that frees useful space on the revised center stack. Moreover, the Escape is Ford’s first model to adopt the Sync 3 telematics package with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. When it comes to the 2018 Ford Escape interior, it will make this sleek crossover one of the class-leading options.
The front-wheel drive Escape S will use a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder that gives 168 horsepower. The engine will come together with a six-speed automatic transmission. As for the SE and Titanium models, they will offer the recently introduced 179 hp 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-banger. The range-topping powertrain will come in the form of a 2.0-liter EcoBoost with a twin-scroll turbocharger. Expect this unit to churn out 245 ponies. All engines available with the new Escape SUV will use start-stop technology.
Pricing and Competition
We expect the base 2018 Ford Escape S to start somewhere around$24,500. Its key rivals include some of the most popular nameplates such as Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.