FORD Philippines introduced the all-new Ford Escape during its official reveal in Makati city last week. The Escape expands Ford’s sport utility vehicle (SUV) lineup as well as its EcoBoost powered offerings in the country.
The all-new Escape offers a premium package that includes a sleek exterior design, stylish and refined cabin interiors, smart and safe technology, and outstanding fuel efficiency.
Shipped in as a completely built unit (CBU) direct from Ford’s North America plant, the all-new Escape is set to introduce an unmatched SUV offering in the Philippines that connects with the active lifestyles of Filipinos.
“We are excited to launch the all-new Escape, which further expands our unmatched lineup of SUVs and gives Filipino customers even more choice. This premium SUV features an array of smart and safe technologies, style and capability, and terrific fuel efficiency,” said Kay Hart, managing director, Ford Philippines.
Smart and Clever Capability
The all-new Escape Titanium variant comes full of innovative features that makes life easier for buyers—including the hands-free liftgate. Whenever an owner has his or her hands full with bags of groceries to load into the back, all that he or she has to do is make a gentle kicking motion under the center of the rear bumper to activate, unlock and raise the liftgate when the driver has the Escape key. Enabled by motion technology, this allows quick and easy access to the cargo area without needing to set down packages or dig out keys. The same process closes the hatch.
Another key feature of the all-new Escape is the Active Park Assist. This is a unique innovation that makes the all-new Escape the first SUV in its segment that parks by itself. The Escape uses an ultrasonic-based sensing system and electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) to position the vehicle for parallel parking, calculate the optimal steering angle and quickly steer the vehicle into a parking spot, taking away the stress of parallel parking from the driver.
It also comes with Intelligent Access with Push Button Start, which allows the driver to lock or unlock the driver’s door without taking the key out of a bag or pocket. Sensors around the Escape detect the presence of the key fob and lock or unlock the door when the driver grabs the door handle. Once inside, the driver can simply push the Start button while holding down the brake pedal to start the engine.
Another is SYNC with MyFord Touch, which offers multiple ways for owners to manage and control information through voice commands, menus accessed through controls on the steering wheel, touch screens, buttons or knobs. The system’s latest look makes phone, entertainment and climate controls even easier to use.
“We pride ourselves in being innovators and segment leaders, and we believe we have put our best work in the all-new Escape. It is all about providing everyday advantages for our customers, creating an SUV that is more dynamic and capable than ever before,” added Hart.
Outstanding fuel efficiency
The all-new Escape features Ford’s renowned EcoBoost engine technology in two variants, further building Ford’s portfolio of fuel efficient vehicle offerings in the Philippines.
The 1.6L SE EcoBoost AT 4×2 delivers 178 HP of power at 5,700 rpm and 249 Nm of torque at 2,500 rpm while the 2.0L Titanium EcoBoost AT 4×4 delivers 240 HP of power at 5,500 rpm and 366 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm, each delivering outstanding fuel economy with great performance through core EcoBoost technologies of turbocharging and direct injection.
Each engine comes with specifically calibrated six-speed SelectShift® automatic transmissions, and allows drivers to manually control gear selection using a switch on the left-hand side of the shifter. The specially engineered torque converter contributes to smooth shifts, an improved driving feel, and even better fuel economy.
Engineers also installed revised gear ratios for balanced and better handling in all situations. EcoBoost engines also add twin independent variable camshaft timing to this successful recipe.
Smart and safe technologies
The all-new Escape has been designed to provide high levels of protection and driver support through a range of advanced safety features. Ford engineers used ultra-high strength steel in the body structure of the new Escape and specially designed ring reinforcement around the Power Panorama Roof to ensure rigidity and strength.
The SUV’s standard airbag configuration provides additional peace of mind, including Dual Front Airbags for the driver and front passenger and a Safety Canopy that provides side air curtain protection for the first and second seating rows.
The all-new Escape Titanium is equipped with Ford’s Intelligent Four-Wheel Drive (4WD) system and includes Ford Curve Control, which automatically slows the vehicle when it’s cornering too fast, and Torque Vectoring Control (TVC) system to help accelerate through a turn.
Another is Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®), which displays an alert in the side mirror when a vehicle is detected entering a blind spot, promoting a safer and less stressful experience when maneuvering through parking lots or traveling in open roads.
Style and Comfort
The shape of the Ford Escape doesn’t just look great – it’s also designed to reduce drag on the vehicle body that wind resistance produces. The sleek lines give the Escape a refined feel while the front grille gives the SUV that distinct Ford look.
The craftsmanship emphasizes feel and touch through the use of a soft instrument panel and soft door upper roll. The Titanium variant of the all-new Escape also features a Power Panorama Roof and new full Charcoal Black leather-trimmed seats.
“Function follows form in the all-new Escape. The muscular, defined exterior shape is complemented by a dynamic, spacious interior featuring a new level of craftsmanship, technology, and a higher quality feel,” said Hart.
The all-new Escape will be available for test drives at Ford dealerships in Metro Manila starting next month, with the price starting at PhP 1.49 million of the 1.6L SE variant and PhP 1.79 million for the 2.0L Titanium model.