The origin of Ford Escape can be traced way back to 2001 when the number of compact crossovers was not much. The popular models like Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V were quite new. Since its debut, the Escape has become one of the sought after compact crossovers and coped well with steep competition from Japanese and Korean rivals. The Escape is now getting a thorough revamp for 2018 Ford Escape model.
2018 Ford Escape – Notable Changes in Design:
The 2018 Ford Escape comes with some notable changes in design. They may not be drastic but the focus on utility is evident. Usage of an aluminum hood results in weight reduction. The car has a hexagonal grille at front reflecting the company’s corporate design language. The tail lamps and headlamps are now LED powered. In top trims, you get halogen projectors and HID lamps. New colors available are Lightning Blue, White Gold, and Canyon Ridge.
The cabin of 2018 Ford Escape reflects sheer elegance and quality. The usage of soft touch material is bliss. In some trims of the Escape, you get heated and leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel. There are plenty of storage options inside the cabin. Improvements like fast charging USB ports and better ventilation are there as well. Like most new vehicles from stable of Ford, the 2018 Escape comes loaded with the Sync 3 telematics package and it supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The 2018 Ford Escape comes with enough bells and whistles in infotainment and safety departments and that will please most buyers. Features vary across trims as expected but buyers can opt for various packages. For example, Sports Appearance Package brings inside mirror caps, rear fascia, roof rack, window surrounds. The SYNC 3 Connect is powered by an LTE modem. You get it as standard in Titanium trim while SE trim buyers can opt for the technology package to get it. The inclusion of a WiFi hotspot is however sorely missed.
2018 Ford Escape – Engine and Maximum Power Output:
The 2018 Ford Escape gets the company’s much touted EcoBoost engines that are expected to enhance fuel economy and riding experience. The entry-level models get a 4-cylinder 2.5-liter naturally aspirated engine that makes 168 hp. It is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission unit. The SE and Titanium trims get 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine that generates 179 hp. The top end trim gets a more powerful 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine which produces 245 hp. The buyers can opt for either FWD or AWD. The cabin remains mostly insulated from noise.
2018 Ford Escape – Predicted Price and Date of Launch:
Ford is likely to revise the pricing for 2018 Escape but the price hike will not be drastic, given the steep competition. The entry-level S trim may get a price tag of $24,000 while the titanium may be priced around $30,000 or a little more. Also, the new model will be available for sale in late 2017.
Summing it up:
Overall the new Ford Escape seems to be a suitable contender in the compact crossover segment. The enhancements are mostly useful and the EcoBoost engines do a fine job too. It has a few glitches but they are no deal breakers.