Ford's midsize crossover has just been updated for 2017 and is the first vehicle to get the all-new SYNC 3 infotainment system. Billed by the company to provide safer driving along with new infotainment functions, the 2017 Escape now features more wireless functions that can be manipulated with a smartphone.

Starting with the exterior, the front fascia of the 2017 Escape features Ford's current design theme. It gets a 2-bar hexagonal grill, reshaped foglights, new hood and slightly tweaked headlights. There is no apparent change on the side though Ford did state it gets newly-designed alloy wheels. There are also 5 additional alloy wheels available to choose from.

Rear quarter view of the 2017 Ford Escape

The rear LED taillights have been updated as well and somewhat resembles the overall look of the recently updated Focus. Completing the exterior revisions is a redesigned tailgate.

There also subtle updates done inside the 2017 Escape. For starters, it gets a new 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel, replacing the 4-spoke unit. The mechanical hand brake has been removed in favor of a more modern electronic parking brake. This allowed Ford to put the gear selector and front cupholders side by side. In addition, the USB port and 12V socket now sits below the automatic climate control.

Aboard the 2017 Escape

As previously stated, the refreshed Escape is the first vehicle from Ford to get SYNC 3. Aside from delivering a more intuitive touchscreen interface, SYNC 3 allows users to manipulate certain features of the car with the ease of a smartphone via the SYNC Connect smartphone app.

Functions like unlocking doors, remote starting, checking fuel level, tire pressure and battery capacity are just some of the functions that can be done with SYNC 3. Moreover, models fitted with SYNC 3 can easily locate their cars in the event it is stolen or the owner simply forgot where they parked it.

Other new features that are now present in the updated Escape include: adaptive cruise control, enhanced park assist which allows for semi-autonomous parallel/perpendicular parking and park out, lane keep assist and driver alert system.

Another view of the 2017 Escape's interior

These new features now come alongside the already available tech like Blind Spot Information, Hill start assist, automatic high beams and hands-free tailgate opening.

In terms of powertrains, the 1.6-liter EcoBoost has been succeeded by the smaller 1.5-liter EcoBoost. It is rated at 180 PS along with 250 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost now produces 245 PS along with a torque rating of 373 Nm, substantially more powerful than the pre-facelift model (240 PS, 366 Nm).

Both engines are still mated to the 6-speed automatic gearbox that comes with manumatic function and paddle shifters.

Additional extras for the 2017 Escape is the new Sport Appearance Package and three new colors: Canyon Ridge, White Gold and Lightning Silver.