Back in September, Ford Authority reported that the Ford Escape would be receiving a mid-cycle refresh for the 2023 model year ahead of a more comprehensive redesign in 2025. Then, last month, Ford Authority spies spotted a 2023 Ford Escape prototype for the very first time wearing some aggressive new bodywork, though it was difficult to tell what sort of interior updates the refreshed model will receive. Now, sources familiar with Ford’s product plans tell Ford Authority that the 2023 Ford Escape will add a large infotainment screen to its cabin.
In recent months, a bevy of new Blue Oval vehicles have gained large infotainment screens, including 2022 Ford Focus, 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, 2022 Ford Expedition, 2022 Lincoln Navigator, and the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, to name a few. Meanwhile, the upcoming 2023 Ford Ranger and Everest will be available with Ford’s large 15.5-inch screen as well. It’s unclear how big the new infotainment screen in the 2023 Escape will be, nor what version of SYNC it might be running, but each of these other FoMoCo products are utilizing some version of SYNC 4.
In addition to a new, larger screen, the 2023 Escape will feature a completely new front end design with sleeker, more aggressive lines, modern LED lighting, and a grille design that’s in line with other existing Blue Oval vehicles like the Ford Edge and Mustang Mach-E, with a Blue Oval that’s been integrated into the grille slats. Out back, the refreshed Escape features new taillights that echo the headlight design, along with some more minor revisions.
In addition to this 2023 Ford Escape prototype, Ford Authority spies also recently captured the Escape’s Ford C2 platform-mate – a lightly disguised 2023 Lincoln Corsair prototype – driving around, and later, a possible hybrid model. The 2023 Corsair will also receive slightly revised exterior styling, along with additional tech and features to help keep its cabin on par with rivals.