Bold sports-ori­ented Es­cape

South Western Times - - Wheels - Ewan Kennedy

The Ford Es­cape ST-Line is a new model to the lo­cal Ford range, a sports-ori­ented mid-sized SUV, that will go on sale next month. As more and more buy­ers are mov­ing from sedans and hatches to the prac­ti­ca­bil­ity of an SUV Ford Aus­tralia can ob­vi­ously see an open­ing for added sales.

The 2018 Ford Es­cape ST-Line fea­tures bold ex­te­rior and in­te­rior styling, unique al­loy wheels and sport seat de­signs.

The 18-inch Ab­so­lute Black al­loy wheels are matched to the front grille, foglamp sur­rounds, roof rails and rear va­lence to give a tough, sporty look.

Though it's nom­i­nally an SUV, the ST-Line is aimed at on-road per­for­mance not off-road run­ning. It has low­ered ride-height by 10mm, re­tuned steer­ing and thicker anti-roll bars for re­duced body roll and sharper re­sponses.

A new leather trim de­sign is used through­out the cabin, it fea­tures red-stitch­ing to match the ST-Line logo. Red stitch­ing is also used on the gear-lever and steer­ing wheel. Stain­less steel ped­als match the scuff plates and sit over the STLine floor mats.

Es­cape ST-Line has Smart Key­less En­try, Blind Spot In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem and Rear Cross-Traf­fic Alert as part of its Driver As­sist suite.

An op­tional ST-Line Tech­nol­ogy Pack (MLP $800) adds Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol, For­ward Col­li­sion Alert, Tyre Pres­sure Mon­i­tor, Lane Keep­ing Aid with Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing.

Ford's SYNC 3 sys­tem is stan­dard across the Es­cape line-up and in­cludes in-built voice ac­ti­va­tion, na­tive sat-nav as well as Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto com­pat­i­bil­ity. Ap­ple users can en­able Siri for iPhone func­tions.

Power comes from 2.0-litre four­cylin­der en­gine with 178kW of power and 345Nm of torque. The of­fi­cial fuel con­sump­tion is 8.6L/100km on the com­bined cy­cle). It uses Ford's In­tel­li­gen­tAll-Wheel Drive, which ad­justs the de­liv­ery of torque to each wheel ev­ery 16 mil­lisec­onds to max­imise road grip and safety.

Pre­vi­ously an op­tion on topline Ford Es­cape mod­els, AEB (Au­ton­o­mous Emer­gency Brak­ing) is now stan­dard in all 2018 Es­capes. A smart move be­cause more and more driv­ers are spend­ing time look­ing at their phones in­stead of the road ahead.

Though it's not go­ing on sale un­til Septem­ber this year it might be an idea to con­tact your near­est Ford deal­ers sooner as we can see the Es­cape ST-Line be­ing in high de­mand.

Model range

Am­bi­ente 1.5-litre petrol FWD: $28,900 (man­ual), $30,490 (au­to­matic)

Am­bi­ente 1.5-litre petrol AWD: $33,490 (au­to­matic)

Trend 1.5-litre petrol FWD: $33,490 (au­to­matic)

Trend 2.0-litre petrol $36,490 (au­to­matic)

Trend 2.0-litre diesel $38,990 (au­to­matic)

ST-Line 2.0-litre petrol AWD: $39,990 (au­to­matic)

Ti­ta­nium 2.0-litre petrol AWD: $45,480 (au­to­matic)

Ti­ta­nium 2.0-litre diesel AWD: $48,340 (au­to­matic)

Note: This price does not in­clude govern­ment or dealer de­liv­ery charges. Con­tact your near­est Citroen dealer for drive­away prices. AWD: AWD:

Ford Es­cape ST-Line has bold styling and sus­pen­sion re­tuned for firmer on-road han­dling.

A new leather trim de­sign is used through­out the cabin.

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