SURVIVAL OF THE PREPARED
Ford Expedition & Escape on Ontario’s Backroads
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
Winning survival items.