The 2017 Ford Escape facelift has received its premiere today on the dawn of the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

It comes with a minor yet effective nip and tuck making the crossover look more refined than its predecessor and as you can see the front fascia takes cues from the Edge. The Blue Oval company has added active grille shutters and six fresh alloy wheel designs while at the back there’s a new look for the LED taillights. Other exterior design novelties include an optional Sport Appearance Package for the SE and Titanium trims along with three body paints: Canyon Ridge, White Gold, and Lightning Blue.

More important changes have occurred inside where Ford has installed a new steering wheel and a reconfigured center stack that now boasts two cup holders and an improved armrest. The company was able to free up some space by replacing the conventional handbrake lever with an electronic parking brake. Also noticeable are the modified air vents and a few minor upgrades to the trim options.

The 2017 Ford Escape comes with the SYNC 3 infotainment system incorporating a SYNC Connect app allowing the owner to remotely start the engine, lock/unlock doors, and verify fuel level. The vehicle is packed with the latest safety and assistance technologies, like adaptive cruise control, upgraded active park assist, lane-keeping, and driver alert system. These join the already available blind spot information with cross-traffic alert, hill-start assist, auto high-beam control, and handsfree tailgate.

Under the hood resides a 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine (replacing the 1.6) delivering 180 bhp (134 kW) and 185 lb-ft (250 Nm) whereas the revised 2.0-liter EcoBoost is rated at 245 bhp (183 kW) and 275 lb-ft (374 Nm). The latter has new pistons and a redesigned integrated exhaust manifold helping the 2017 Escape provide lowered noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) levels. These two turbocharged engines benefit from an auto start-stop system to cut fuel consumption by 4-6% in busy city traffic. The normally aspirated 2.5-liter engine will carry over with 168 bhp (125 kW) and 170 lb-ft (230 Nm) of torque.

The 2017 Ford Escape debuts today at the Los Angeles Auto Show and will go on sale in the near future.

Gallery: 2017 Ford Escape unveiled with SYNC 3 and new safety tech

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