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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.

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.