The Ford Escape just underwent a complete overhaul for the 2020 model year, but things move quickly in the automotive world, and the compact crossover is already approaching a mid-cycle refresh. According to Automotive News, Ford has some changes in store for the 2023 Escape, which will launch in late 2022, before another redesign takes place in 2025.
This may seem a bit abrupt, particularly given the fact that the Escape plug-in hybrid just launched this year following a delay brought on by a number of Ford Kuga PHEV fires in Europe. However, the compact crossover segment is a highly competitive space. While Escape sales grew 21 percent in Q2 of this year, it still ranks eighth in its segment, behind a number of rivals including the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, Chevrolet Equinox, Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tuscon, and Subaru Forester.
In terms of market share, the Ford Escape comes in at 6 percent – one percent lower than last year, and a solid distance behind the CR-V (16 percent), RAV4 (14 percent), and Rogue (12 percent). Plus, prior to Q2’s increase, Escape sales had declined for 10 consecutive quarters, despite the fact that it’s one of the newest vehicles in its segment. Of course, low inventory hasn’t helped in that regard in recent months as the chip shortage has forced FoMoCo to idle the Ford Louisville Assembly Plant, where the Escape and Lincoln Corsair are built.
The Corsair, which shares the Ford C2 Platform with the Escape, will also be undergoing a refresh for the 2023 model year. As Ford Authority reported yesterday, the 2023 Corsair will receive slightly revised exterior styling, along with additional tech and features to help keep its cabin on par with rivals like the all-new 2022 Lexus NX.
We’ll have more on the refreshed 2023 Escape very soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Escape news and continuous Ford news coverage.
Good! It needs it. The sales have slipped A LOT!
Thank God! Get rid of that ugly front-end!
Re-do the front end, and please(!) upgrade the look and feel of the dash and door panels.
Thank God and Henry Ford. The nose and the golf-ball texture interior door panels are the biggest offenders.
The “golf ball” texture door panels were eliminated in the 2021 model year, so that is no longer an issue
Maybe by then they will have the PHEV available with the upgrade.
Or will they just skip the PHEV and go to an electric Escape?
People are so petty. So you didn’t like a stinking texture on a door panel that you never interacted with and never will; big deal.
As for the “ugly” front end, everyone said the same thing in 2012 when the 2013 Focus-based Escape came out and then, as usual, everyone got used to the change.
Do I think the Escape looks as good as the Bronco Sport? No, but I still think it looks good because unlike you guys, I can differentiate between my preferences and good design. In other words, it’s not bad just because it’s not the aesthetics I prefer.
Well stated, thank you.
Thank you. The ones that are so critical of little things, never ever intended or could afford to buy it in the first place.
I don’t think they can fix the hideous front end because it will require modifying the hood, which is too expensive for an MCE. Bronco Sport will outsell Escape 2 to 1 as soon as supply chains are back to some semblance of normal.
Well then Ford is gonna have to suck it up and redesign the hood. Regardless of cost. The front end is that bad. A couple of nips and tucks on a new hood template then off to stamping!
What they really need to fix is the transmission, which took a big dump at 20k miles. Inexcusable!
The FORD Escape after 2012 went downhill and never came back up
haven’t heard any more about the 2021 escape recall
I hope they make the battery under the hood easier to service.
Make a escape st ford let’s go already 2.3L
Bring back the boxy square Ford Escape that was in the movie I am Legend. I know we now have the Ford Bronco Sport, but still, the boxy Escape several generations ago had lots of interior room and looked tough.
They have brought back the boxy Escape. Its sold as the Bronco Sport.
I agree on that.
No question. That was sharp. The dashboard looked great at night.
Slap Macan on the back, $30k and watch it sell
Love my escape, a little apprehensive about engine and transmission, love the interior
It comes off as a raised Focus with a WAY bigger price tag. For ’23, it had best lose that 3-cylinder and reverse a lot of the decontenting done in recent years, or it’ll never catch the Equinox. And, for ’25 (or ’26), lose the “administrative assistant” styling.
Ford has the arsenal within their family to improve the look of the 4G Escape. Look to Europe and add the ST-Line, the ST-Line X and while your at it the ST (2.3 eco boost). This will address 2 issues…make it more “car” like and more “Macan” like, which is not a bad thing!
Coming from someone that owns a first generation Escape, the second generation was the last good design before Ford went mainstream with it. The 2013-present models seem to be built with cheaper material and have less headroom and space. They should return to a boxier design to put it more in line with its sibling, the Bronco Sport. I am not surprised at all that the latter is outselling it, as the design is certainly more appealing.
barrel-type front seats are SO uncomfortable – like sitting ON a flat board … couldn’t they have put better comfortable seats in the Escape – love the hybrid car – just hate those terrible front seats – UGH !!~!!