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Ford Adds Windshield Wiper De-Icer to Escape

March 08, 2016

The 2017 Ford Escape Titanium trim, photo courtesy of the automaker. 
The 2017 Ford Escape Titanium trim, photo courtesy of the automaker.

The Ford Escape is the first Ford SUV in the U.S. to offer a windshield wiper de-icer, as part of the vehicle's Cold Weather Package. 

To activate the feature, drivers can push the designated button on the central console. The all-new heating element in the glass beneath the windshield wipers heats up and melts away the ice. This eliminates clumps of ice being stuck on the wiper and streakage as the driver turns on his or her wipers. 

Another option available to drivers to use the system is through the FordPass app, it can be activated from the driver's smartphone. Additionally, the driver can schedule when the de-icer system goes to work on the windshield wiper. 

The package comes standard on Titanium models and is an option on SE models. Other features of the package include all-weather floor mats, heated side mirrors, heated seats, and a supplemental powertrain conditioning heater.

The 2017 Escape is due in showroom spring 2016.  

Comments

  1. 1. Jonn [ March 09, 2016 @ 10:12AM ]

    Just one more item for them to charge the customer for up front, and to charge them to fix it when it breaks.

  2. 2. Bruce Ottogalli [ March 09, 2016 @ 10:47AM ]

    What a great feature, working in a cold weather climate, this will eliminate hazardous driving conditions when using the wipers during snow or ice storms. Great job Ford!!

  3. 3. Brian [ March 10, 2016 @ 12:30AM ]

    In other news...a small company, Tesla Motors in California has been making cars that run on a battery charged by electricity. They too, are happy to offer heated wiper blades on their vehicles, including their SUV.

    On March 31st, this company will be accepting deposits for their next and least expensive electric car, and like the others is powered by a direct descendant of the AC Induction Motor invented by Nikola Tesla in 1888.

    Ford has a couple EVs as well, and clearly, wiper blades are not of more importance than a close looki at the history of very dated, internal combustion powered vehicles and striving for sustainable transportation for our future.

 

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