Ford Escape Heats Its Windshield Wipers – Even When You’re Absent [w/Video]

The new Escape is the company’s first crossover to be offered with the practical Cold Weather package.

The highlight of the new package, which is standard on Titanium trim and an option on SE, is no other but the windshield wipe de-icer.

The system is a simple, yet clever solution for those living in colder environments, eliminating the need for pulling the wipers off the windshield to prevent them from freezing on the glass.

Much like traditional rear window defrost systems, Ford has installed a local heating element on the base of the windshield where the wiper blades rest. Thus, it is able to clear light snow and ice from the blades in less than 10 minutes at minus 18 degrees Fahrenheit.

Drivers of the new Escape equipped with SYNC Connect can activate the windshield wiper de-icer from their smartphone. SYNC Connect allows owners to start, lock, unlock and locate their vehicle from virtually anywhere using a smartphone. Drivers can even schedule a specific time to start remotely so the vehicle is ready to hit the road, de-iced and warmed up.

The rest of the Cold Weather package includes heated seats and side mirrors, all weather floor mats and supplemental powertrain conditioning heater. Goes to show that sometimes it’s the little things that make a difference.

PHOTO GALLERY

VIDEO

It’s Time To Say Auf Wiedersehen To The Mercedes-AMG SL 63

The top SL is getting axed next week not due to emissions regs, but simply because it’s reached the end of its life cycle.

2020 Supra: These Are Some Things Toyota Did To Prepare It For Tuners

The new Toyota Supra is shaping up to be very popular in the tuning world, just like its predecessor.

Maserati Diatto Rendering Is The Absolute Opposite Of Ordinary

The Maserati Diatto is one man’s idea of what an exciting car will look like in the year 2050.

Can The Lexus ES Really Take On The Audi A6, BMW 5-Series And Mercedes E-Class In Europe?

Lexus thinks the ES can compete with the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class in Europe.

1989 Porsche 911 Speedster With 283,000 Miles On The Clock Is A Guilt-Free Classic Daily Driver

Who’s going to take this lovely 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster over to 300k miles?.

Thai Body Shop Turns A Toyota MR2 Into A Lamborghini Veneno

Unless you’re a millionaire, buying a legitimate Lamborghini Veneno is impossible.

2020 Mercedes-AMG A45 Tackles The Nürburgring Virtually Undisguised

The 2020 Mercedes-AMG A45 should debut rather sooner than later given the very light camouflage.

MINI Pausing U.S. Sales Of Manual Models Due To Emissions Certification

Mini says it is remaining committed to manual transmissions and will continue to offer them.

HRE’s Second-Gen 3D-Printed Titanium Wheels Brings Them One Step Closer To Production

HRE updated the stunning 3D-printed titanium wheels with a new design for less weight.

Cadillac Confirms 2020 CT4-V and CT5-V Will Premiere On May 30

Both the Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V will pump out in excess of 450 hp from boosted V6 and V8 engines.