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MY18.5 Ford Escape detailed for Australia

3 years ago

Ford Australia has detailed pricing and specifications for the MY18.5 Ford Escape ahead of its local release in September. Headlining the changes to the brand’s medium-sized SUV is the standard fitment of autonomous emergency braking across the range, as well as a new ST-Line trim level between the Trend and Titanium.

All models in the range also receive further standard equipment, such as 17-inch alloy wheels on the entry level Ambiente. The MY18.5 Ford Escape will launch into Ford dealerships in September, though are available to order from now.

MY18.5 Ford Escape ST-Line front 3/4 far

“Australians 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 Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman.

“The Escape ST-Line is the first ST-Line model here, bringing together Ford’s sports styling and dynamics with the livability and convenience of the Escape.”

MY18.5 Ford Escape ST-Line dashboard

Pricing for the MY18.5 Ford Escape Ambiente and Trend have been upped by $500 to account for the extra standard equipment, while the optional Technology Package (previously $1,300 with AEB, radar cruise control, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, forward collision warning and tyre pressure monitoring) is now $800 because AEB is standard. The Technology Package is now available on the Ambiente for the first time.

The Ambiente and Trend are equipped with a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, which produces 110kW of power and 240Nm with the Ambiente six-speed manual ($28,990), or 134kW/240Nm with the six-speed automatic that’s available on the Ambiente (2WD: $30,490, AWD: $33,490) and standard in the Trend (FWD: $33,490). The Trend can also be fitted with a 178kW/345Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine ($36,490) or a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel ($38,990). Both are paired to six-speed dual-clutch automatic and all-wheel drive.

MY18.5 Ford Escape ST-Line scuff plate

New for the 2018.5 model year is the Escape ST-Line, a sportier model that sits between the mid-spec Trend and top-spec Titanium. The only available engine for the ST-Line is the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine from the Trend and Titanium. In addition to the Trend’s equipment, the ST-Line also has 18-inch alloy wheels, 10mm lower suspension with thicker anti-roll bars for sportier handling, black leather upholstery with red stitching, an ST steering wheel, aluminium scuff plates, metal pedals, ST-Line floor mats and gloss black front grille and rear diffuser treatment.

The ST-Line also adds keyless entry and start, along with blind spot monitoring and rear traffic alert, and is priced from $39,990 plus on-road costs.

MY18.5 Ford Escape ST-Line badge

The top-spec Titanium ($45,480 for the 2.0-litre turbo petrol and $48,340 for the 2.0-litre turbo diesel) also earns blind-spot monitoring and rear traffic alert as standard, and its Technology Package is now also $800.

The MY18.5 Ford Escape will be launched into Ford dealers in September. In 2018 thus far, the Escape has only sold 2,048 units – the Mazda CX-5 has sold five times that amount (10,711). No doubt this update with standard alloy wheels, AEB and the new ST-Line model will help improve the Escape’s appeal in showrooms – it deserves to sell in stronger numbers than it currently does.

MY18.5 Ford Escape ST-Line rear 3/4

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