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Ford’s 2018 Escape ST-Line will feature Autonomous Emergency Braking as standard, as part of sweeping safety improvements within the mid-sized SUV sector.

Also new for 2018 is a fresh 17-inch alloy wheel as standard on Escape Ambiente – replacing the existing Ambiente’s steel wheels. This means that the entire Escape line-up comes with alloy wheels as standard when the new models hit the showrooms in September.

“Australians continue to pivot towards the practicality and versatility of trucks and SUVs, yet there’s a genuine passion for sports and performance models here, too,” Ford Australia’s President and CEO, Graeme Whickman said.

“The Escape ST-Line is the first ST-Line model here, bringing together Ford’s sports styling and dynamics with the livability and convenience of the Escape.”

Previously an option on flagship models, AEB has now been extended across the 2018 Escape line-up, meaning it’s fitted to the Escape Ambiente for the first time.

“Australians are strong on safety and look for high levels of equipment in their vehicles,” Mr Whickman said.

“Escape joins the new 2018 Mustang as having AEB standard, and we’ve also announced AEB will be available on the 2018 Everest, Endura SUVs, as well as the Ranger, Transit Custom and the all-new Focus.”

ANCAP Safety’s CEO James Goodwin, said it was encouraging to manufacturers taking active steps to improve their overall safety commitment.

“We’re seeing more and more brands incorporate AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking) and other active driver assistance features as part of their model refreshes, and this is an important shift,” he said.

“The market has matured and it is encouraging to see brands such as Ford recognise the need to upgrade safety specification as part of their mid-cycle updates.”

2018 Ford Escape MLP
Recommended Manufacturer List Prices (MLP)* for 2018.5MY Escape and options:

Escape Ambiente 1.5L EcoBoost FWD 6MT $28,990
Escape Ambiente 1.5L EcoBoost FWD 6AT $30,490
Escape Ambiente 1.5L EcoBoost AWD 6AT $33,490
Escape Trend 1.5L EcoBoost FWD 6AT $33,490
Escape Trend 2.0L EcoBoost AWD 6AT $36,490
Escape Trend 2.0L TDCi AWD 6AT $38,990
Escape ST-Line 2.0L EcoBoost AWD 6AT (new) $39,990
Escape Titanium 2.0L EcoBoost AWD 6AT $45,480
Escape Titanium 2.0L TDCi AWD 6AT $48,340