Escape to a road less travelled with Ford’s new mid-size SUV

FORD has packed its new Escape with technology and comfort features almost too numerous to list as it seeks to gain further momentum in the most hotly-contested part of the automotive market, the medium size SUV.

The 2017 Escape represents one of the greatest makeovers since the Fairy Godmother waved her wand over Cinderella.

The Titanium model, the top of the range, used for the test drive, is just about as close to a full book of specifications as possible. It is hard to think of anything missing.

The AWD’s 2-litre diesel engine (a petrol version is available) puts out 132kW and an awesome 400Nm of torque between 2000 and 2500rpm, delivered through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Titanium diesel has an amazingly low fuel consumption of 5.4 litres/100km, helped not a little by stop-idle technology that turns the motor off when the vehicle stops.

The Escape is reportedly the first 2017 SUV to get a five star ANCAP/EuroNcap rating and that is no wonder.

As well as a full portfolio of braking and airbag options, throw in lane departure warning, blind spot detection, adaptive cruise control, automatic adaptive headlights and two real goodies — forward alert collision warning and active city stop that will apply the brakes if a rear end collision is likely.

Rounding out all that is the hands-free active park assist that can put you in a parallel with a gap of as little as 20cm.

Hands-free is also the motto of the Sync 3 voice controlled system that allows the driver to just tell the computer what is wanteds — everything from the nearest restaurant to a motel, using the inbuilt GPS to find how to get there.

You can also seamlessly integrate your smartphone for hands-free control, supported by the eight-inch capacitive touchscreen.

Other popular convenience features are the space-saving electronic handbrake, pack assist which makes loading shopping easier — you just wave your foot and the tailgate opens — and a multi-stage panoramic sun roof.

Add to that for the Titanium 19 inch alloy wheels, adaptive shape and a premium Sony audio system with nine speakers, dynamic bending headlights, and you have a pretty impressive package.

The Escape is aimed at family groups and will give them all the basic things they need, but with a little bit of mongrel included to make driving something to look forward to and not just a chore.

FORD has packed its new Escape with technology and comfort features almost too numerous to list as it seeks to gain further momentum in the most hotly-contested part of the automotive market, the medium size SUV.

The 2017 Escape represents one of the greatest makeovers since the Fairy Godmother waved her wand over Cinderella.

The Titanium model, the top of the range, used for the test drive, is just about as close to a full book of specifications as possible. It is hard to think of anything missing.

The AWD’s 2-litre diesel engine (a petrol version is available) puts out 132kW and an awesome 400Nm of torque between 2000 and 2500rpm, delivered through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Titanium diesel has an amazingly low fuel consumption of 5.4 litres/100km, helped not a little by stop-idle technology that turns the motor off when the vehicle stops.

The Escape is reportedly the first 2017 SUV to get a five star ANCAP/EuroNcap rating and that is no wonder.

As well as a full portfolio of braking and airbag options, throw in lane departure warning, blind spot detection, adaptive cruise control, automatic adaptive headlights and two real goodies — forward alert collision warning and active city stop that will apply the brakes if a rear end collision is likely.

Rounding out all that is the hands-free active park assist that can put you in a parallel with a gap of as little as 20cm.

Hands-free is also the motto of the Sync 3 voice controlled system that allows the driver to just tell the computer what is wanteds — everything from the nearest restaurant to a motel, using the inbuilt GPS to find how to get there.

You can also seamlessly integrate your smartphone for hands-free control, supported by the eight-inch capacitive touchscreen.

Other popular convenience features are the space-saving electronic handbrake, pack assist which makes loading shopping easier — you just wave your foot and the tailgate opens — and a multi-stage panoramic sun roof.

Add to that for the Titanium 19 inch alloy wheels, adaptive shape and a premium Sony audio system with nine speakers, dynamic bending headlights, and you have a pretty impressive package.

The Escape is aimed at family groups and will give them all the basic things they need, but with a little bit of mongrel included to make driving something to look forward to and not just a chore.

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