Ford’s ambiguous repertoire in the crossover SUV segment needs to introduction as the Escape is a clear reflection of it. The upcoming iteration 2018 Ford Escape will be focused towards technological aspects. In other words, Ford has just opened the floodgates of next-generation practicality of crossovers and full-size SUVs. There’s no doubt that the current generation Ford Escape is sportier than its competitors. This time, Ford will lay much focus on styling to surpass segment-toppers like Hyundai Santa Fe, Honda CR-V and Kia Sportage.
Redesign and Features
The exterior body of Ford Escape 2018 will wear an updated styling. The headlights will receive a robust stance with sharp arches fading toward the hood. The signature grille will sport 2 horizontal chrome louvers and a mesh intake inside. As predicted by experts, the lower fascia will be subjected to heavy changes. The air intakes will grow in size and the front bumper will integrate a robust skid plate underneath the air dampers.
Like the current-gen Ford Escape, this upcoming model will wear plastic cladding on all wheel arches and as side skirts on the body edges. The sporty roof rails are to be retained and rear overhang will grow in size a tad bit. The tailgate is supposed to feature power lift and parking sensors.
Heavy updates are due for the interior cabin as well. As mentioned earlier, 2018 Ford Escape will serve as a rest of technological features. The in-cabin is getting Ford’s latest SYNC3 infotainment system. This one includes features like FordPass, smartphone integration and pinpoint navigation.
2018 Ford Escape Specs
Performance wise, this new Ford Escape 2018 will offer a trio of powertrains. The 2.5L inline 4 will be used as a base engine for achieving power outputs of more than 172 lb-ft torque and 170 hp. Fuel economy of this engine is suspected to see improvements and the figures might stay close to 22 mpg in city, 30 mpg on highways and 25 mpg on a combined scale.
2nd in the option will come as a 1.5L engine that’s rated to produce 179 HP and 177 lb-ft torque. Expect these output figures to improve by 3%. This powerplant should see fair improvements in acceleration and the 0 to 60 mph sprint might take less than 7 seconds.
The top-of-the-line performer will be a 2.0L turbocharged 4 cylinder engine. This power mill will be tuned to produce outputs of more than 246 HP at 5,600 RPM and 278 lb-ft torque at 4,900 RPM. Given the range of powertrain selection, a 6-speed automatic transmission will come as the sole option. This transmission system will even work with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for EcoBoost engines.
Vehicle safety will be kept in high concern as well. Updated safety features like Roll Stability Control, Torque Vectoring Control, Active Brake Assist System and Adaptive Cruise Control will come standard.
Price of new Escape SUV
Most importantly, 2018 Ford Escape is suspected to come with a feasible price point. The base model will hold a starting price tag of $24,000 and hit the dealerships by the end of this year.