Kuga`s Replacement Ford Escape Arrives in Australia in 2017

Ford has recently announced its plans of dropping the Kuga version in Australia, the model being replaced by the all-new 2017 Escape, which would arrive on the hot continent somewhere next year.

The new 2017 Ford Escape will be available in three versions, each one coming with different transmissions. The cheapest versions refer to the Escape Ambiente 1.5L available at $28,490, Escape Trend 1.5L at $32,990, or the Escape Titanium 2L at $44,990. Full prices and main highlights are revealed below, released by the guys from Aussie auto magazine PerformanceDrive.

In terms of visuals, the 2017 Ford Escape will come with fresh styling cues, including new headlights and front end trimmings, along with trapezoidal two-bar grille, or the higher-end 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels for the top of the line Trend and Titanium versions.

Inside, all versions will feature the latest technology, such as the carmaker`s new SYNC 3 connectivity system with voice recognition, eight-inch LCD touchscreen system, and so on.

In the engine department, the range starts with the entry-level 1.5-liter turbo flat-four, with 134 kW and 240 Nm of torque, which are sent to all four axles via a standard six-speed manual transmission. There is also the higher 2.0-liter turbo with 178 kW and 345 Nm of torque, as well as the 2.0-liter turbo-diesel, with 132 kW and 400 Nm of torque.

Please find below the full prices and main highlights of the 2017 Ford Escape:

2017 Ford Escape Ambiente – Prices

1.5L FWD 6-speed manual MLP $28,490
1.5L FWD 6-speed automatic MLP $29,990
1.5L AWD 6-speed automatic MLP $32,990.

Main Highlights:

SYNC 3 with 8.0-inch capacitive touch-screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto#
Embedded satellite-navigation with Traffic Management Control (TMC)
Dual-zone climate control with rear air vents
AM/FM/DAB+ radio, six-speaker audio with USB input, Bluetooth streaming
Reverse Camera and rear parking sensors
Cruise Control with speed limiter
Daytime running-lights
Push-button start
Front and rear fog-lamps
Electronic Parking Brake
SYNC Emergency Assist
Ford MyKey.

2017 Ford Escape Trend – Full Prices:

1.5L EcoBoost FWD 6-speed automatic MLP $32,990
2.0L EcoBoost AWD 6-speed automatic MLP $35,990
2.0L TDCi AWD 6-speed automatic MLP $38,490.

Main Highlights:

18-inch alloy wheels
Roof-rails in silver finish
Privacy Glass
Automatic rain-sensing windscreen wipers
Automatic-dimming rear-vision mirror
Automatic on/off headlights
Follow-me home lighting
Leather-wrap gear lever.

2017 Ford Escape Titanium – Full Prices:

2.0L EcoBoost AWD 6-speed automatic MLP $44,990
2.0L TDCi AWD 6-speed automatic MLP $47,490.

Main Highlights:

19-inch alloy wheels
Smart Keyless Entry
Power folding mirrors with approach light Bi-Xenon HID headlights with auto levelling
LED Daytime-running lights
Adaptive Beam Shape and Dynamic bending headlights
Leather upholstery
Heated front-seating
10-way power-adjustable Driver’s seat
Front parking sensors
Enhanced Active Park Assist
Panoramic glass roof
Front and rear velour floor mats
Hands-free power tailgate
Multi-colour ambient lighting
LED taillights
Nine-speaker audio.

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