Yes, there's an SUV that can help ease a hectic weekend

by Metro / 12 November, 2018

Weekends were supposed to herald a time of rest and recovery from the pressures of the working week. But sometimes they can feel just as frenetic - if not worse.  So how could a vehicle possibly help slow down the pace? Let us explain - by putting you in the shoes of a busy dad-of-two.

The new Ford Escape ST-Line — is a super-versatile, sporty SUV that gets you from Saturday kids’ soccer to park dates, play dates and everything in between.

A punchy 5-seat vehicle that’s as comfortable navigating city streets as it is cruising the open road, the new Ford Escape ST-Line EcoBoost AWD is the perfect foil to a busy weekend with kids. Bold and stylish in a Race Red colourway, this is an SUV that adapts seamlessly to everyday driving scenarios and busy Kiwi lifestyles.

The Escape ST-Line offers a choice of nine colour options — there’s something to suit even the fussiest SUV enthusiast. Offering the sportiest driving dynamics yet, with chassis enhancements including thicker antiroll bars and a 10mm lower ride height for reduced body roll and sharper responses, the Escape ST-Line gives you better road confidence.

The Escape ST-Line sits in the compact SUV category yet measures 4.5m long, around 2m wide and 1.7m tall, making it a versatile vehicle that packs a punch. Sleek exterior specs include blackgloss upper trapezoidal grille, lower nose accents, fog light surrounds, fender trim and roof rails, all underpinned with unique 19-inch alloy wheels.

It’s roomy on the inside too — the cabin has a stylish, understated feel and an open flow. Driver- and passenger-friendly, the  Escape ST- Line has a slightly recessed 8-inch touchscreen that’s home to Ford’s SYNC® 3 infotainment system. SYNC® 3 is easy to connect to, understands conversational voice commands and has a user-friendly sat nav system that lets you touch-plot a destination — invaluable when navigating your way to number three on the list of Auckland's best outdoor pools and splashpads!

The Escape ST-Line’s red-stitched, leather-wrapped steering wheel holds command switches that are easy to recognise and within thumb-reach, so there’s no compromising safety at the wheel. Sporty seats are adorned with Salerno leather accents, so they’re easy to wipe down in the event of any sticky spills, plus a metre of head and leg space means no one gets cabin fever.

The Escape ST-Line’s super-roomy boot is a non-negotiable for life on the go. With access to 1,603 litres of cargo space, fitting weekend groceries alongside kids’ scooters, bikes and backpacks is a breeze.

If Saturday morning soccer looms and you need to put pedal to the metal, thanks to the Escape ST-Line’s 178Kw of power, you’ll enjoy a confident surge when you push the aluminium accelerator pedal. The 6-speed auto box with SelectShift changes seamlessly at both ends of the scale, and there are paddles if you want a change of pace.

Under the bonnet sits the Escape ST-Line’s 2.0L EcoBoost engine, which combines turbocharging and direct injection technology to maximise power while also helping you save on fuel costs.

The Escape ST-Line boasts a respectable 8.6L/100k reported fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 197g/km. Around town, the Escape ST-Line’s Auto Stop shuts down the engine when you’re stopped at the lights. And if the kids are getting antsy stuck in traffic, their favourite tunes on the quality 9-speaker stereo system will keep them perfectly distracted.

Take a load off with Active Park Assist, which locates and parks the Escape STLine in both parallel and perpendicular spaces (you just operate the gear and brakes), plus manoeuvres you out of your parking space if you need assistance. Distractions can happen when you’re driving with kids. The Escape ST-Line’s Active City Safe collision avoidance is an intelligent braking system that stops a distracted driver from rear-ending other motorists — essential to avoiding nose-to-tail scenarios. And with Cruise Control and Blind Spot Awareness
features, you’re spoilt for choice for stress-free driving.

If weekend adventures take you out of the city, the Escape ST-Line offers a torque vectoring system that provides confident handling when navigating winding country roads. Gravel roads are easily handled with the Escape STLine’s intelligent AWD system, which cleverly adjusts the wheel torque every 16 milliseconds.

The 5-seater Escape ST-Line is an ideal all-round small family vehicle, with a suite of safety and driving assists for weekend warriors.

Now released in New Zealand, the Ford Escape ST-Line is available to test drive today.

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