The newly-refreshed 2017 Ford Escape crossover heads to dealers this May, bringing with it the North American debut of the automaker’s new SYNC Connect technology, which allows for remote connectivity through a modem onboard the vehicle.
“SYNC Connect provides the convenience customers want,” says Ford’s Executive Director of Connected Vehicle and Services, Don Butler. “It was designed with the customer as the focus – everything the technology does is intended to improve the vehicle-owning experience.”
SYNC Connect – standard on the Ford Escape Titanium, and available as part of the Technology Pack on the SE model – will allow 2017 Ford Escape customers to connect to their vehicles remotely using the FordPass mobile phone app. After a quick, two-step verification process to connect the mobile device with the vehicle, SYNC Connect service is activated for 5 years free-of-charge, allowing owners to schedule automatic vehicle startups, remotely lock or unlock their Ford Escape, and check vitals such as fuel tank level.
After the new 2017 Ford Escape, the SYNC Connect feature will make its way into the revamped Ford Fusion sedan a bit later in the year, and then proliferate to the rest of Ford’s passenger vehicle lineup.