2018 Ford Escape now available at Ford Alghanim
The Ford Escape is an integral part of Ford’s lineup of world-class SUVs, and builds on the blue oval’s history of leadership in the popular utility category. It is one of Ford’s best-selling SUVs due to its reputation for great fuel economy, versatility, and user-friendly technology.
The 2018 Escape is a technologically advanced, refined, and affordable sports utility vehicle (SUV), making driving simpler, safer, more enjoyable – even resistible – for the ever-growing number of SUV customers in one of the most competitive segments in the Middle East.
The vehicle offers Ford’s sophisticated SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system, innovative driver assistance technologies, an ergonomic interior, and powerful and efficient engines including Ford’s twin-scroll turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0 liter four cylinder EcoBoost® engine, which produces 245 horsepower and 372 Nm of torque. A 2.5 liter iVCT Duratec automatic petrol engine with 168 horsepower and 230 Nm of torque is also available, with each engine variant mated to a six-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
The 2018 Escape features Ford’s latest design language for a bold and sporty look. A large upper trapezoidal grille and a smaller lower grille are flanked by sleek headlamps incorporating LED daytime running lights and complimented by stylish fog lamps.
Tasteful LED tail lights complete the sporty look, while a range of 17 and 18 inch alloy wheel designs are also available to complete the look of the vehicle. A power-operated retractable tow bar automatically stores itself out of sight below the rear bumper when not in use to retain the Escape’s sporty appearance.
The Escape’s meticulously crafted interior offers an ergonomic, stylish, and comfortable experience for occupants. Its sculpted bonnet features a wide, uninterrupted central dome that not only serves to compliment the vehicle’s sporty looks, but also incorporates a structural design that closely controls deformability and flexibility of the bonnet, improving pedestrian protection in an accident. The bonnet and rear lift gate also help mitigate damage to more expensive-to-replace components following a collision.
Leather seats are available on the Escape Titanium as well as a panoramic Vista Roof in order to brighten and ventilate the interior of the vehicle, giving front-seat passengers a power moonroof while rear-seat passengers get their own personal skylight.
The Escape offers advanced Ford Technologies such as Ford’s Intelligent All Wheel Drive, which adjusts the amount of torque sent to each wheel, optimizing handling and traction especially in slippery conditions. It also features Torque Vectoring Control, which enhances the driving experience by applying a small amount of braking to the inner wheels to assist with traction and stability when cornering.
Convenience features make the Escape even more user-friendly! An electronic parking brake is effortless to operate and frees room for improved storage in a center console that also includes a storage area capable of accommodating a variety of bottles and cups, a USB connection point for integrating and charging mobile devices; and ambient lighting with multi-color LEDs that users can change to set the mood for the drive. A door lock indicator also notifies drivers at a glance whether the doors are locked or not.
The Escape also offers a Hands-Free lift gate that can be opened or closed using a kicking motion beneath the rear bumper. The technology helps drivers access the boot when returning to their vehicles while both their hands are occupied by shopping or grocery bags!
The steering wheel and air-conditioning controls are also intuitive and feature a couple of easily distinguishable buttons and switches, making the controls easy to recognize and navigate.
The latest generation Ford MyKey technology allows Escape owners to program a key for younger drivers that can inhibit incoming phone calls; restrict top speed; prevent deactivation of driver assistance and safety features; reduce audio system maximum volume, and disable the audio system’s 9 speakers altogether if occupants are not using safety belts. The enhanced MyKey system offers a great number of choices in both the speed limiter and speed minder settings.
Seamlessly Connected with SYNC 3
For the third-generation system, Ford has drawn more than 22,000 comments and insights gained from research clinics and surveys to ensure the new version is the most customer-centric designed system. Simplifying user experience by putting the audio and phone options customers use most at their fingertips, SYNC 3 has been further improved through increased processing power and a reduction in the number of steps required for a command.
For the first time, Ford’s SYNC 3 offers Arabic language capability – both text and voice activation – enabling simpler control for drivers!
With pinch-to-zoom and swipe gestures, SYNC 3 provides customers with a high definition experience of the eight-inch touch screen that is similar to smartphone screens, thus making it easier and more intuitive to use.
Navigation also sees a greatly-improved system with SYNC 3, including 3D support with landmarks, a Mecca compass, and enhanced junction view providing detailed lane visuals and guidance. Navigation also auto zooms out when the next maneuver is more than three kilometers away to make it easier to see the full route.
Smartphone integration has been stepped up with several fantastic new features, including Apple CarPlay™, which allows iPhone users to make phone calls, access music, and send/receive text messages via voice control while the driver’s eyes stay focused on the road. The system also incorporates compatible with Siri Eyes Free which allows for easy access to Siri with iPhone connected via Bluetooth.
Android users will be able to activate Android Auto™, which makes the platform’s apps and services such as Google Search, Google Maps, and Google Play Music accessible in a safe and seamless manner through SYNC 3.
To further explore the 2018 Ford Escape, please visit Ford Alghanim’s showroom in the Shuwaikh Industrial Area, opposite from the Classical Car Museum and Sirbb Circuit, where visitors are welcome from Saturday to Thursday 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM, and Friday 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Visitors can also visit Ford Alghanim’s New Vehicle Showroom located in Fahaheel, Dabbous Street, from Saturday to Thursday 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM, and Friday 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. For more information, please call Ford Alghanim’s customer care center at 1898900; visit www.fordalghanim.com; or contact @FordAlghanim on social media platforms.
Photography: Hamad AlAinati @7mdphotography
Creative Directions: Jameel Arif @jameelarif
Models: Aisha AlSanad (@aishasanad88) and Sarah AlShaban (@sarr1tta_feels)