2017 Ford Escape Adds FordPass Mobile App
Sync Connect Telematics Enables Remote Features
The latest in comfort and convenience features used to be the reserve of higher-priced and more premium makes and models. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case. Ford is adding some of its newest telematics features on its bread-and-butter crossover, the Escape. The 2017 Escape will feature Ford’s FordPass system, which allows drivers to lock, unlock, locate, start, and check fuel level via a mobile app. The technology is enabled by a new built-in cellular service, Sync Connect. The Escape will be the first model to feature the system, followed by the Fusion midsize sedan. FordPass will be offered on other 2017 models going forward.
Sync Connect and FordPass are part of the technology package optional on the Escape SE, and standard on the Escape Titanium. The service is offered at no charge for the first five years of ownership for the original owner. In addition to the telematics functions, the 2017 Escape also boasts available adaptive cruise control, front collision warning, enhanced parking assist (including perpendicular), lane-keeping assist, and a driver alert system.
Other changes on the 2017 model include a new trapezoidal grille design, optional Sport Appearance Package, and auto stop-start for both the 1.5L and 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 engines. The QNX-based Sync 3 touchscreen interface was introduced on the 2016 Escape and carries over to the 2017 model.