The new 2017 Ford Escape shown on Tuesday, just ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show, debuted a fanciful new mobile feature dubbed “SYNC Connect.” At last, as with similar systems like OnStar’s RemoteLink or Porsche’s Car Connect, owners will be able to remotely gain access to certain vehicle functions with a special smartphone app.
On the 2017 Ford Escape, SYNC Connect will allow drivers to remotely actuate the door locks, start the engine, and locate the vehicle through an app interface. Basic vehicle information, such as tire pressures, battery status, and fuel level can also be viewed remotely. The SYNC Connect app even allows owners to schedule vehicle starts for certain times and days – especially useful to those who follow a rigid daily schedule.
Needless to say, the SYNC Connect system isn’t likely to remain exclusive to the 2017 Ford Escape; we expect it to migrate to every SYNC 3-equipped vehicle in Ford’s lineup over the coming years. Sadly, SYNC Connect does seem to be a paid-subscription service, although pricing isn’t yet known; the first five years are free of charge on the 2017 Ford Escape.