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2018 Ford Escape ST-Line here in September from $39,990+ORC

From September, Australians will be able to purchase the more sporting Ford Escape ST-Line which will sit below the top-spec Titanium variant.

THE FORD ESCAPE ST-LINE will arrive Down Under from September and be priced at $39,990+ORC. It marks the introduction of the ST-Line branding to Australia.

The Escape ST-Line, according to Ford, will offer buyers the most sporting Escape yet with its retuned suspension and 10mm lower ride height as well as thicker anti-roll bars to reduce body roll in corners and improve handling.

“Strong visual changes help the ST-Line make a bold statement, with is 18-inch Absolute Black alloys matched to the front grille, fog-lamp surrounds, roof rails and rear valence to reflect its athletic nature and boldness,” Ford said in a statement.

On the inside, there’ll be ST-Line logos and contrasting red stitching on the steering wheel, gear shifter and the seats. Aluminium pedals, floor mats and bespoke scuff plates round out the tweaked ST-Line interior.

Under the bonnet of the Escape ST-Line is a 2.0-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder petrol mated to a six-speed automatic and making 178kW and 345Nm of torque – the grunt gets to the ground via an on-demand all-wheel drive system that monitors torque delivery to each weel every 16 milliseconds. It drinks 8.6L/100km.

The Escape ST-Line offers AEB, Smart Keyless Entry, Blind Spot Information System and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert as part of its Driver Assist suite.  An optional ST-Line Technology Pack (MLP $800) adds:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control;
  • Forward Collision Alert; 

  • Tyre Pressure Monitor; and 

  • Lane Keeping Aid with Lane Departure Warning.


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Isaac Bober

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