The ul­ti­mate week­end war­rior

Week­ends just got more fun with the new Ford Es­cape ST-Line — the su­per-ver­sa­tile, sporty SUV that gets you from Satur­day kids’ soc­cer to park dates, play dates and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

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A com­pact SUV that’s as com­fort­able nav­i­gat­ing city streets as it is cruis­ing the open road, the Ford Es­cape ST-Line is the per­fect foil to a busy week­end with kids

For a busy dad-of-two, Satur­days and Sun­days are typ­i­cally spent find­ing the best swings and slides, head­ing to kids’ soc­cer, hit­ting the scooter park, plus the es­sen­tial pit-stops for fluffies and ice cream.

A punchy 5-seat ve­hi­cle that’s as com­fort­able nav­i­gat­ing city streets as it is cruis­ing the open road, the new Ford Es­cape ST-Line Eco­Boost AWD is the per­fect foil to a busy week­end with kids.

Bold and stylish in a Race Red colour­way, this is an SUV that adapts seam­lessly to ev­ery­day driv­ing sce­nar­ios and busy Kiwi life­styles.

The Es­cape ST-Line of­fers a choice of nine colour op­tions — there’s some­thing to suit even the fussi­est SUV en­thu­si­ast.

Of­fer­ing the sporti­est driv­ing dy­nam­ics yet, with chas­sis en­hance­ments in­clud­ing thicker an­tiroll bars and a 10mm lower ride height for re­duced body roll and sharper re­sponses, the Es­cape ST-Line gives you bet­ter road con­fi­dence.

The Es­cape ST-Line sits in the com­pact SUV cat­e­gory yet mea­sures 4.5m long, around 2m wide and 1.7m tall, mak­ing it a ver­sa­tile ve­hi­cle that packs a punch.

Sleek ex­te­rior specs in­clude black­gloss up­per trape­zoidal grille, lower nose ac­cents, fog light sur­rounds, fen­der trim and roof rails, all un­der­pinned with unique 19-inch al­loy wheels.

It’s roomy on the in­side too — the cabin has a stylish, un­der­stated feel and an open flow. Driver- and pas­sen­ger-friendly, the Es­cape ST

Line has a slightly re­cessed 8-inch touch­screen that’s home to Ford’s SYNC® 3 in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem. SYNC® 3 is easy to con­nect to, un­der­stands con­ver­sa­tional voice com­mands and has a user-friendly sat nav sys­tem that lets you touch-plot a des­ti­na­tion — in­valu­able when nav­i­gat­ing your way to num­ber six on the list of Auck­land’s best play­grounds!

The Es­cape ST-Line’s red-stitched, leather-wrapped steer­ing wheel holds com­mand switches that are easy to recog­nise and within thumb-reach, so there’s no com­pro­mis­ing safety at the wheel. Sporty seats are adorned with Salerno leather ac­cents, so they’re easy to wipe down in the event of any sticky spills, plus a me­tre of head and leg space means no one gets cabin fever.

The Es­cape ST-Line’s su­per-roomy boot is a non-ne­go­tiable for life on the go. With ac­cess to 1,603 litres of cargo space, fit­ting week­end gro­ceries along­side kids’ scoot­ers, bikes and back­packs is a breeze.

If Satur­day morn­ing soc­cer looms and you need to put pedal to the metal, thanks to the Es­cape ST-Line’s 178Kw of power, you’ll en­joy a con­fi­dent surge when you push the alu­minium ac­cel­er­a­tor pedal. The 6-speed auto box with Selec­tShift changes seam­lessly at both ends of the scale, and there are pad­dles if you want a change of pace.

Un­der the bon­net sits the Es­cape ST-Line’s 2.0L Eco­Boost en­gine, which com­bines tur­bocharg­ing and di­rect in­jec­tion tech­nol­ogy to max­imise power while also help­ing you save on fuel costs. The Es­cape ST-Line boasts a re­spectable 8.6L/100k re­ported fuel econ­omy and CO2 emis­sions of 197g/km.

Around town, the Es­cape ST-Line’s Auto Stop shuts down the en­gine when you’re stopped at the lights. And if the kids are get­ting antsy stuck in traf­fic, their favourite tunes on the qual­ity 9-speaker stereo sys­tem will keep them per­fectly dis­tracted.

Take a load off with Ac­tive Park As­sist, which lo­cates and parks the Es­cape STLine in both par­al­lel and per­pen­dic­u­lar spa­ces (you just op­er­ate the gear and brakes), plus ma­noeu­vres you out of your park­ing space if you need as­sis­tance.

Dis­trac­tions can hap­pen when you’re driv­ing with kids. The Es­cape ST-Line’s Ac­tive City Safe col­li­sion avoid­ance is an in­tel­li­gent brak­ing sys­tem that stops a dis­tracted driver from rear-end­ing other mo­torists — es­sen­tial to avoid­ing nose-to-tail sce­nar­ios. And with Cruise Con­trol and Blind Spot Aware­ness fea­tures, you’re spoilt for choice for stress-free driv­ing.

If week­end ad­ven­tures take you out of the city, the Es­cape ST-Line of­fers a torque vec­tor­ing sys­tem that pro­vides con­fi­dent han­dling when nav­i­gat­ing wind­ing coun­try roads. Gravel roads are eas­ily han­dled with the Es­cape STLine’s in­tel­li­gent AWD sys­tem, which clev­erly ad­justs the wheel torque ev­ery 16 mil­lisec­onds.

The 5-seater Es­cape ST-Line is an ideal all-round small fam­ily ve­hi­cle, with a suite of safety and driv­ing as­sists for week­end war­riors.

Now re­leased in New Zealand, the Ford Es­cape ST-Line is avail­able to test drive to­day.

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