Ford announced today that production of the revised 2017 Escape crossover has started. The 2017 Escape is the first Ford product to feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as it rolls off the assembly line in Louisville, Kentucky with new quality control measures.
Arguably a pioneer in infotainment, Ford’s MyFord Touch system hasn’t consistently been well-received. The company has since been rolling out SYNC3, an entirely new infotainment system that has (thus far) received greater fanfare. The 2017 Escape is the first SYNC3 product to launch with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which allows customers to control their smartphone through the car’s touchscreen and voice command system.
Ford has lagged behind other automakers, such as Hyundai, GM and VW in rolling out the smartphone integration features.
Now that the 2017 Escape is rolling down the assembly line, it is finished with new quality control measures according to Ford. Part of the process now includes a 14-person team that check multiple aspects of each vehicle, with some of the checks being old-fashioned visual and touch checks.
Buyers can expect the 2017 Ford Escape to arrive in dealerships in May.