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Over in the US, Ford has announced the introduction of a Sport Appearance Package for the Escape (known here as the second-gen C520 Kuga) at the Chicago Auto Show. The dress-up kit will be available for 2017 SE and Titanium versions of the SUV later this year.

Black is the thematic colour for the kit, which includes 19-inch Ebony Black premium painted aluminium wheels and black bezels for the halogen projector headlamps and LED tail lights. Other darkened bits include the belt-line molding and front fenders, as well as the roof rack side rails.

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Elsewhere, the front grille and side mirror caps go gloss black, while Ebony Black again features on the front and rear skid plates. Inside, the package adds on partial leather-trimmed sport seats with contrast stitching, a leather-wrapped gearshift knob and steering wheel.

The optional package for the Escape – which made its debut at the LA Auto Show back in 2011, and which arrived in facelifted form at the same show last year – follows on the XLT Sport Appearance Package for the 2017 Ford Explorer model line, which was also announced in Chicago. That one also adds on dark-accent exterior cues (and 20-inch wheels) and leather and suede enhancements to the interior.