The new, 2017 Ford Escape takes winter-resistant equipment to a whole new level, offering for the first time an available windshield wiper de-icer to help keep the driver’s view forward nice and clear.
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The 2017 Ford Escape is the first Ford crossover or SUV to offer a windshield wiper de-icer in the United States. Its part of a Cold Weather Package which comes standard on Titanium-level models, or as an option on the SE, which includes all-weather floor mats, heated side mirrors, heated seats, and a “supplemental powertrain conditioning heater.”
To clear the windshield wiper blades, the Cold Weather Package-equipped 2017 Ford Escape has a heating element at the base of the glass – where the wipers rest while inactive. At the press of a button, that heating element is activated, and theoretically capable of clearing light snow and ice from the blades in less than 10 minutes at a bone-chilling -18°F.
“The windshield wiper de-icer is a great solution to one of the more nagging problems of winter,” says Ford Fixed-Glass Engineer Jennifer Gauthier. “Escape drivers in the U.S. are going to wonder how they ever got along without it.”