Published: March 19, 2016 | Louisville, KY
The new 2017 ESCAPE SUV becomes the first Ford’s vehicle to support all three infotainment platforms viz. SYNC3, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The vehicle has been developed at the Louisville assembly plant and set to hit the dealership this May.
With CarPlay and Android Auto, drivers will have native access to their smartphone platform’s phone, messaging, music, and map apps, in addition to several third-party services like Spotify. Ford notes that Apple users will be able to interact with CarPlay via Siri voice commands, or with the Escape’s built-in steering wheel controls.
Back in January, Ford revealed that all of its 2017 vehicles that come running Sync 3 would support CarPlay, however this is the first mention of which vehicle it will debut on. If you happen to drive a 2016 Ford that runs Sync 3, the company says forthcoming software update will add CarPlay and Android Auto support.
Workers at Louisville Assembly have been manufacturing Escape since 2012. Since then, production has steadily increased to meet growing demand for the No. 1-selling Ford Motor Company SUV. In 2015, Louisville Assembly built 306,492 units all while maintaining a high standard of quality that put 2015 Escape as Highest-Ranked Compact SUV by J.D. Power in Initial Quality.
CarPlay will finally be available on certain cars under the Chrysler umbrella, including Dodge and Jeep in the coming months. This will make over 100 new models from 2016 and 2017 to feature CarPlay support, from a number of carmakers worldwide, including Acura, Audi, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Opel, Porsche, Peugeot, Suzuki, Volkswagen, Volvo, and more.