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Ford gives relaunched Escape sleek look, refined cabin in bid for car drivers

Paul A. Eisenstein

Escape will be loaded with high-tech features, including the latest take on Ford's Sync infotainment system, now able to handle both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The plug-in hybrid will add a larger battery pack capable of driving for up to 30 miles in all-electric mode. The market for sport-utility vehicles has grown at an unprecedented rate, especially for car-based crossovers, and few industry analysts expect the surge to level off anytime soon, which is why this year's New York International Auto Show is awash in new "two-box" designs of various sizes and prices.