After spotting a number of 2023 Ford Escape prototypes covered in heavy camo over the past few months, Ford Authority spies came across a completely uncovered example of the refreshed crossover last month, giving us a good look at its updated exterior styling. That particular prototype wore some very Kuga-like touches on the outside, including its body-color wheel moldings and other trim, giving it more of an upscale appearance. In fact, it had us thinking that the 2023 Escape lineup should include an ST-Line trim, which is currently available on the Ford Edge and Ford Explorer. Now, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that the 2023 Ford Escape ST-Line is in fact on the way.
In fact, the uncovered prototype spotted by Ford Authority spies a few weeks ago is actually a 2023 Ford Escape ST-Line model, which means that we’ve already seen it in the flesh. This perfectly explains that model’s monochrome, sporty appearance, which is a big deviation from the current-gen Escape.
As is the case with Ford’s other ST-Line models, the 2023 Escape ST-Line will likely offer all of the styling present on full-blown ST models, but without the additional cost. The ST-Line adds some distinctiveness and sportiness to the Edge and Explorer for those that like the look but don’t want the extra performance, and it could do the same for the Escape, which could certainly use a boost in a crowded and competitive segment.
What’s particularly interesting about the 2023 Ford Escape ST-Line is the fact that FoMoCo doesn’t currently offer any ST-Line variant of a vehicle that doesn’t have a proper ST performance counterpart. Regardless, we’ll know more about the 2023 Escape soon, as order banks for the refreshed crossover are scheduled to open up this September, as Ford Authority reported in June.