What’s the strategy for the restyling? Higher sales volume of course. Can you imagine the executives at Ford in a War Room trying to come up with the strategy to make the Escape better? On the table are several different models and charts to help them find the right path to success while avoiding the ambush of various other automakers with their new models that may include items Ford hadn’t thought about yet. Even if you can’t picture it, the Escape has been redesigned to be better a vehicle that should push itself to new heights when it comes to sales and our enjoyment.

With upgraded exterior looks and a more comfortable cabin while including more sophisticated features and equipment the Escape is ready for battle and has plans to lead the way in the compact SUV segment of the automotive market. For 2017 Ford has included the new Sync 3 infotainment system, a new EcoBoost engine and a full roster of active driver assistance features to help make sure you can keep everyone safe inside your new Escape.

Sitting high above the street this compact SUV is one that is easy to drive and love on the road. You will love the AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control to give you the driving confidence you want on the road to be able to cut into a curve and come out on the other side without worrying that the Escape is going to get loose and take off on you. Inside you will enjoy the quiet of the active noise cancelation technology and be amazed by all the driver assistance features you have at your disposal. A ride in the new Ford Escape is one you will remember and if you happen to have the 4WD on your model it’s an SUV you can take on the trails in your area for lots of fun away from home.

As one of the smallest SUV from Ford the Escape can make use of a variety of small engines and have the power needed to have a lot of fun on the road. For 2017 the Escape offers you three engines all of which use the SelectShift six-speed automatic transmission. The first engine on the list is the 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine which shows up with 168 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque. This powertrain is only offered in FWD and gives you 21 city/28 hwy mpg of fuel mileage.

Moving up the power lineup you will find a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that makes 179 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque. While this is still not a massive number, this is a small SUV and with this engine you can even tow as much as 2,000 pounds along wherever you need to go. With this powertrain you will have 23 city/30 hwy mpg in FWD or 22 city/28 hwy mpg in AWD to enjoy. At the top of the engine lineup we have a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that brings in 245 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque which gives you 3,500 pounds of towing capacity to be the leader in this class. Overall this powertrain allows for 22 city/29 hwy mpg in FWD and 20 city/27 hwy mpg in AWD to give you a great way to drive.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of the new Escape is the upgrades offered over previous years. The S model now comes with a full complement of power assistance features such as a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, keyless entry, a rearview camera and AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control. Moving up to the Se you will have dual zone climate control, steering wheel mounted shifter paddles, a power driver’s seat and alloy wheels. The Titanium model improves the package even more with leather upholstery, power for the passenger seat, a ten-speaker Sony premium audio system, the Sync 3 system, push button and remote starting, a 110 volt rear power outlet and a hands free power liftgate.

The Ford Escape is an SUV you can enjoy driving on and off the roads. With active systems for your safety and information along with a great look and strategically improved perspective it’s now more of what you want to drive. Stop by your Ford dealership and see how this War Room strategy of Ford is paying off in comfort and performance for you.