Ford has announced that it will offer the 2017 Escape crossover with an optional Sport Appearance package. It will be offered on SE and Titanium trim levels.
Hot on the heels of an announcement about a Sport Appearance package for the Explorer at the Chicago Auto Show, Ford is doubling down on darker trim. Prices have not yet been revealed, but Ford is betting that customers will pay a premium for a slightly more menacing look to their CUV.
Visually, the most noticeable difference on the Sport Appearance package Escapes are the 19-inch Ebony Black 10-spoke wheels and blackened door mirrors. The nose receives a gloss black upper grille, skid plates and headlight bezels as well. From the side, the window surround trim has been darkened, as have the fender garnishes.
Cabin-wise the seats receive what Ford calls sport seats with partial leather trim with contrasting white stitching. The steering wheel also receives a leather wrap. Further details about the interior were not yet disclosed.
The Sport Appearance package is just that — it does not make any enhancements to the drivetrain. However, all 2017 Escape models will be offered with a new 1.5-liter EcoBoost good for 180 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost has been improved to making 245 horses and 275 lb-ft of torque. The base 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four generating 168 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque remains unchanged.
Prices have not been disclosed. Sales will begin sometime this spring.