“The Escape ST-Line is the first ST-Line model here, bringing together Ford’s sports styling and dynamics with the liveability and convenience of the Escape,” said (now former) Ford Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman.
Combining Ford’s intelligent AWD system with “the sportiest Escape driving dynamics yet”, the ST-Line features a tarmac-biased suspension tune, with ride height lowered by 10mm, re-calibrated steering and thicker anti-roll bars for reduced body roll and sharper steering responses.
Positioned between the mid-level Trend and premium Titanium grades in the Escape range, the ST-Line complements that sportier chassis set-up with standout styling elements, like ‘Absolute Black’ 18-inch alloys (that are unique to this grade) and black finishes for the grille, fog-lamp surrounds, roof rails and rear valance.
Inside, the sports-inspired treatment continues with leather-accented seats and new leather combination trim throughout the cabin, while contrast red stitching features on the gear-lever, armrests and ST-Line-specific steering wheel. Stainless steel pedals, unique scuff plates and ST-Line floor mats are part of the package, too.
Standard convenience and technology elements include Smart Keyless Entry, Blind Spot Information System and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Incorporated into the Driver Assist suite, Enhanced Active Park Assist enables auto parallel parking, as well as auto perpendicular parking.
An optional ($800 extra) ST-Line ‘Technology Pack’ adds Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keeping Aid with Lane Departure Warning and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
Mechanically, the ST-Line runs the same 178kW/345Nm 2.0-litre EcoBoost turbo petrol engine as the current Escape range, matched exclusively to a six-speed auto transmission. Combined fuel economy is listed at 8.6lt/100km (combined cycle); the same as the premium Escape Titanium.
From local release, the Escape ST-Line will be priced at $39,990 (excl. ORCs). In related news, all Escape model grades now come with Autonomous Emergency Braking as standard, while the entry-level Escape Ambiente adds 17-inch alloys. See your Ford dealer for more details.