Pricing will be announced closer to the Escape's launch date.
Changes for the new model year include a wide range of new technologies, a fresh look and a user-friendly console center.
Car shoppers who value technology will appreciate that the 2017 Escape is the first Ford vehicle available with new Sync Connect. This feature lets the driver communicate with the vehicle from any distance through an app on their smartphone. The user can unlock the doors, check the fuel level and locate where the vehicle is parked.
The mild freshening for the Escape includes a restyled hood, front fascia, headlights, fenders and grille.
The interior gets a redesigned console with two media bins.
Two new four-cylinder engines are offered: The Escape SE and Titanium come standard with the new 1.5-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine. The twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost is optional. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard across the line.
Edmunds says: The timetable is in place for the rollout of the 2017 Escape, something that car shoppers in this segment will want to note.