Sporty new ST-Line

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The Ford Es­cape SUV lineup will be ex­panded next month when a sports theme ST-Line model reaches the New Zealand mar­ket.

The ad­di­tion of the ST-Line will be ac­com­pa­nied by Au­ton­o­mous Emer­gency Brak­ing be­ing in­tro­duced as stan­dard equip­ment across the six model Es­cape range from Septem­ber 2018 — in­clud­ing the en­try-level Es­cape Am­bi­ente for the first time.

“New Zealan­ders 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 New Zealand man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Si­mon Rutherford.

“Safety is a top pri­or­ity for New Zealan­ders and they now look and re­quire for high lev­els of equip­ment in their ve­hi­cles,” said Rutherford.

“The Es­cape joins the new 2018 Mustang as hav­ing AEB stan­dard, and we’ve also an­nounced AEB will be avail­able on soon-to-ar­rive mod­els in­clud­ing the 2019 Ever­est as well as the 2019 Ranger, Tran­sit Cus­tom and the all-new Fo­cus.”

The new ST-Line model boasts all-wheel-drive, a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and the 2.0-litre EcoBoost turbo en­gine which de­vel­ops 178kW and 345Nm of torque. Fuel con­sump­tion is rated at 8.6L/100km in the ADR com­bined cy­cle.

The 2018 Ford Es­cape ST-Line has bold ex­te­rior styling with 18-inch Ab­so­lute Black al­loy wheels matched to the front grille, foglamp sur­rounds, roof rails and rear va­lence to re­flect its ath­letic stance.

It will also of­fer the sporti­est Es­cape driv­ing dy­nam­ics yet, with chas­sis en­hance­ments in­clud­ing op­ti­mised sus­pen­sion that low­ers the ride-height by 10mm along with re-tuned steer­ing and thicker an­tiroll bars for re­duced body roll and sharper re­sponses.

A sports seat de­sign fea­tures a new leather com­bi­na­tion trim with de­tailed red-stitch­ing to match the ST-Line logo. Red stitch­ing is also seen on the gear-lever, as well as the arm­rests and the ST-Line steer­ing wheel. Stain­less steel ped­als match the unique scuff plates and ST-Line floor mats.

The Es­cape ST-Line equip­ment level brings ad­di­tional Driver As­sist Tech­nol­ogy to cus­tomers. With AEB as stan­dard equip­ment on all Es­capes, the ST-Line also fea­tures Smart Key­less En­try, front park­ing sen­sors, En­hanced Ac­tive Park As­sist, Blind Spot In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (BLIS) with Rear Cross Traf­fic Alert (RCTA), En­hanced Ac­tive City Stop (Low Speed AEB), Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol (ACC), For­ward Col­li­sion Alert, Lane Keep­ing Aid (LKA) with Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing (LDW) and a hands-free power tail­gate with “Open Se­same” func­tion.

The ST-Line has front and rear park­ing sen­sors, an 8.0-inch full colour re­vers­ing cam­era dis­play and its En­hanced Ac­tive Park As­sist en­ables auto par­al­lel and per­pen­dic­u­lar park­ing.

The SYNC 3 in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem is stan­dard across the Es­cape lineup and in­cludes in-built voice ac­ti­va­tion, na­tive sat-nav as well as Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto smart­phone com­pat­i­bil­ity. SYNC 3 can be op­er­ated by steer­ing-wheel mounted con­trols, or via a steer­ing­wheel mounted voice ac­ti­va­tion but­ton. Ap­ple users can also en­able Siri for iPhone func­tions to re­duce dis­trac­tion and save time fum­bling for but­tons.

The Es­cape ST-Line goes on sale with the up­dated 2019 Es­cape lineup in Septem­ber with pric­ing from $38,480 for the en­try level Am­bi­ente front-wheel-drive model with the 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol en­gine.

The sin­gle diesel model boasts the flag­ship Titanium grade spec­i­fi­ca­tion and the 132kW 2.0-litre TDCi Du­ra­torq en­gine priced at $54,990.

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