The Ford Escape is about to embark on a major change, as evidenced by a recently discovered camouflage prototype in the wild.
The current Escape, called Kuga in some markets, was introduced in 2020 with a rather warm design, which was even more forgotten with the launch of the Bronco Sport a year later.
Ford looks set to address this shortcoming with a mid-cycle update to the compact crossover. The rounded front end of the current Escape will create a stronger, sturdier look on the updated model. The headlights are also new and the grille is now higher and has the Ford logo in the middle. Currently, the logo is located on the upper edge of the hood.
The overall result will be more like the Mustang Mach-E.
The changes in the rear style will be less impressive. It looks like there will be a remodeled cladding and potentially a new design for exhaust heads. The exhaust design shown on some prototypes is only a temporary part.
According to our photographer, the dash is also heavily concealed, which also indicates the big changes that are taking place inside. Don’t be surprised if a larger infotainment screen is added, which we’ve seen with the updated version of the related Focus that has just been launched overseas.
It’s unclear what Ford plans for the powertrain. The escape now has a relatively diverse lineup starting with a 1.5-liter turbocharged 3 engine with 181 horsepower. The 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine offers 250 horsepower, and for buyers interested in fuel, the 2.5-liter straight-line 4-cylinder engine is offered in hybrid and plug-in hybrid configurations. They offer 200 and 221 horsepower, respectively.
The Escape search is updated to launch later this year as a 2023 model.