The current, third generation of the Ford Escape was launched for the 2013 model year; if Ford adheres to the fairly standard rate of 8 years (give or take) between iterations, that means that the compact crossover is still several years out from a replacement.
In the meantime, Car and Driver has managed to procure photographs of a prototype mid-generational, 2017 update to the Ford Escape roaming the streets in partial camouflage. You can view the full gallery of images at that publication’s website.
At its heart, the 2017 Ford Escape isn’t likely to change. The same choice of three powerplant options is likely to be available, which includes a normally-aspirated, 2.5-liter I4, a 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbo-four, and a bigger, 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged mill. That said, it seems logical that the 1.6-liter EcoBoost will say goodbye in favor of Ford’s newer 1.5-liter unit. Also logical would be the inclusion of the new SYNC 3 infotainment system.
As for the 2017 Ford Escape’s styling, the front fascia now looks a tad less “Focus,” and a tad more “Edge.” Thicker horizontal grille bars seem to lie within the space of the grille, while a narrower, longer lower intake sits below it. The rear has seen some tweaking, too; from the looks of things, the taillamps have shrunken in size, although the rear glass and bumper seem untouched.
Stay tuned to Ford Authority for the latest on the new, 2017 Ford Escape as it becomes available.