Ford Escape / Kuga 2023 artwork extracts camouflage from testers

This story includes independent illustrations designed by Kolesa that have not been approved by Ford and are unrelated to Ford.

Last month, a handful of Ford Escape 2023 prototypes (sold as the Kuga in Europe and other markets) were spied on amid testing and these renderings give us a great idea of ​​how the new SUV will look when ‘it reaches the dealers.

Ford has clearly made significant changes to the Escape / Kuga’s front fascia for its third generation with prototypes sporting much thinner and more aggressive headlights. These renderings from Kolesa show the SUV with the new headlights, along with a handful of other features.

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Complementing the new headlights is a revised grille which, in these renderings, was imagined with an all-black finish and reminiscent of the Mustang Mach-E electric crossover. We also see that the Ford badge has been placed in the center of the grille and is no longer above it. In addition, the lower grille and air intakes of the Escape / Kuga have been modified.

The render above tries to peel the camouflage off the prototype models (below)

The side profile of the SUV is roughly the same as the current model, but there are a few changes to the rear. These include updated taillights with different graphics.

It goes without saying that Ford will also be updating the interior of the Escape / Kuga and while we don’t have any spy photos that preview cabin upgrades yet, we expect to see the same. 13.2-inch touchscreen infotainment screen that the Focus redesigned with Ford’s latest SYNC4 software. An updated digital instrument cluster is also expected.

Ford is expected to continue to sell the updated SUV in a host of electrified forms, including mild hybrids, full hybrids, and plug-in hybrids. Various Ecoboost gasoline and EcoBlue diesel engines are also expected to be available in Europe and other markets outside of North America. Look for the revised Escape and its twin Kuga to debut next year, with the US version coming in 2023MY.

Spy image Credits: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien for CarScoops

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