Back in September, Ford Authority reported that the Ford Escape would undergo a mid-cycle refresh for the 2023 model year ahead of a more comprehensive redesign planned for 2025. Then, roughly a month later, Ford Authority spies spotted a 2023 Ford Escape prototype for the very first time wearing a modified front end design. Now, our spies have come across yet another 2023 Ford Escape prototype, but this time, it features a different front grille and what appears to be a set of neutral-density (clear) taillights.
The front grille on this particular 2023 Escape prototype features more of a traditional egg crate motif than the previously-seen prototype, which had a highly stylized grille design similar to the one already present on the Ford Edge and Ford Mustang Mach-E. The LED lighting enabled on this prototype’s headlights also runs across the top, while the prior prototype had the lower portions of the headlight lit up with a pair of U-shaped elements.
The other big change can be found in the ear, where this prototype’s taillights are a bit different than those seen on the previous prototype. It’s possible that Ford removed the color from the outer portion of the taillight housings, though it’s unclear if this change is headed to the production model or if it’s simply a characteristic unique to this particular prototype. One possibility is that we’re looking at different trims levels of the Escape refresh.
In addition to these styling revisions, the 2023 Ford Escape will also add a large new infotainment screen, as Ford Authority was first to report earlier this month. It’s unclear how big the new infotainment screen in the 2023 Escape will be, nor what version of SYNC it will run, but other FoMoCo products currently sold with large screens utilize some version of SYNC 4.
In addition to these 2023 Ford Escape prototypes, Ford Authority spies also recently captured the Escape’s Ford C2 platform-mate – a 2023 Lincoln Corsair prototype, along with a possible hybrid model. The 2023 Corsair will also receive a refresh that will consist of slightly revised exterior styling, along with additional tech and new features to help keep it on par with rivals.