The Ford Escape will reportedly see a refresh for the 2023 model year. Based on early spy shots of the updated Escape undergoing testing, it appears Ford may be set to add a new grille design to its compact SUV, which currently remains available in gas, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid configurations.
Although we estimate a release date in 2022, the Escape will face stiff competition. For example, the 2022 Nissan Rogue will get a revamped engine with 33 mpg, while the 2023 Kia Sportage will see a complete redesign. Even the Hyundai Tucson is available with gas or as a hybrid or PHEV SUV.
The lower end of Ford's SUV lineup is a mixed bag. The smaller EcoSport continues to lack advanced driver assistance features, while the larger Edge crossover is now only available with all-wheel-drive. Meanwhile, the Escape-based Bronco Sport remains a hot commodity with burlier styling.
Will the updated Escape target a more upscale buyer? That remains to be seen. Ford hasn't released on-sale date info for the 2023 Escape and we're still awaiting official photos and pricing info. Given the fact that this is a competitive segment, modest updates are highly likely next year.
Pictured: 2022 Ford Escape