Ford to introduce a sportier Escape ST-Line and value improvements throughout the range later this year.
The mid-size Ford Escape range is coming in for a little nip tuck later this year. Key changes to will include the introduction of a new variant, the sportier Escape ST-Line and the fitment of autonomous emergency braking as standard on all Escape models. The entry-level Ambiente will also get alloy wheels and all models will be equipped with Ford’s latest infotainment system, SYNC 3.
“Australians are strong on safety and look for high levels of equipment in their vehicles,” said Graeme Whickman. “Escape joins the new 2018 Mustang as having AEB standard, and we’ve also announced AEB will be available on the 2018 Everest, Endura SUVs, as well as the Ranger, Transit Custom and the all-new Focus.”
SYNC 3 incorporates a suite of convenience and safety features that include voice control, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and satellite navigation.
The new Escape ST-Line will sit below the range topping Titanium, and promises drivers a sportier and more engaging drive. Key changes include re-tuned suspension that drops the ride height by 10mm, sharpened steering and thicker anti-roll bars.
There are also black alloy wheels, black roof rails, grille and other exterior highlights to give the Escape ST-Line a more distinguished look. Inside, the cabin also receives a sporty treatment, with unique leather seat trimmings along with ST-Line branding, red stitching on the steering wheel and gear lever along with sports pedals.
Standard equipment on the Escape ST-Line will include keyless entry, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert along with sat nav, the auto braking and parking. Adaptive cruise, forward collision alert, tyre pressure monitoring and lane keep assist with lane departure warning can be bought as part of an $800 package.
“Australians continue to pivot towards the practicality and versatility of trucks and SUVs, yet there’s a genuine passion for sports and performance models here, too,” said Ford Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman. “The Escape ST-Line is the first ST-Line model here, bringing together Ford’s sports styling and dynamics with the livability and convenience of the Escape.”
2018 Ford Escape MLP
Recommended Manufacturer List Prices (MLP)* for 2018.5MY Escape and options:
|Escape Ambiente 1.5L EcoBoost FWD 6MT||$28,990|
|Escape Ambiente 1.5L EcoBoost FWD 6AT||$30,490|
|Escape Ambiente 1.5L EcoBoost AWD 6AT||$33,490|
|Escape Trend 1.5L EcoBoost FWD 6AT||$33,490|
|Escape Trend 2.0L EcoBoost AWD 6AT||$36,490|
|Escape Trend 2.0L TDCi AWD 6AT||$38,990|
|Escape ST-Line 2.0L EcoBoost AWD 6AT (new)||$39,990|
|Escape Titanium 2.0L EcoBoost AWD 6AT||$45,480|
|Escape Titanium 2.0L TDCi AWD 6AT||$48,340|