SUR­VIVAL OF THE PRE­PARED

Ford Ex­pe­di­tion & Es­cape on On­tario’s Back­roads

4WDrive - - Contents - WORDS AND PHOTOS BY STEVE ROCK

End of Mu­nic­i­pally Main­tained Road­way” wasn’t what I ex­pected to see as the in-car nav­i­ga­tion in­structed us take a sharp right onto a nar­row dirt road that was quite rough, and not on the ‘ap­proved’ route. But this was the Ford Back to Basics SUV ad­ven­ture, and af­ter con­sult­ing a tra­di­tional map book to en­sure that it didn’t turn into a goat path, my co-driver, Cana­dian Auto

Re­view jour­nal­ist, Stephen Spy­ropou­los and I de­cided that the 2017 Es­cape Ti­ta­nium, with its in­tel­li­gent four wheel drive, would be more than ca­pa­ble.

Ford Canada had in­vited a se­lect group of jour­nal­ists to test its smartest, most ca­pa­ble and adapt­able 4x4 SUV range at the se­cluded Sher­wood Inn, sit­u­ated on Lake Joseph just out­side the beau­ti­ful Muskoka town of Port Car­ling, On­tario. With SUV’s ac­count­ing for 42% of all new ve­hi­cle sales so far this year in Canada, to en­sure fu­ture suc­cess and to keep their loyal cus­tomers happy, Ford has just an­nounced an all-new Ex­pe­di­tion and a new-to-Canada Mini-Util­ity SUV, the Ecosport. And they also con­firmed that an all-elec­tric SUV will be avail­able in 2020.

The mini-util­ity is a fast-grow­ing mar­ket sec­tor and the Ecosport, al­ready avail­able in most of the world for over a decade, ar­rives in Canada for 2018. There will be two power op­tions avail­able, the award-win­ning three cylin­der, one litre en­gine with front wheel drive, as well as Ford’s proven two litre en­gine, with four wheel drive and 6 speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. There are four avail­able trim lev­els, S, SE, SES, and Ti­ta­nium, plus, this new-for-North Amer­ica ve­hi­cle has a class ex­clu­sive side open­ing rear door and an ad­justable height cargo floor that’s per­fect for con­ceal­ing ex­pen­sive elec­tron­ics.

For the first time in twenty years, the

The Ecosport.

Win­ning sur­vival items.

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