Ford Authority spies have spotted the 2023 Ford Escape in numerous states of disguise over the past several months – including a couple prototypes that were completely uncovered – giving us a good idea of what to expect from the forthcoming refreshed crossover. Now, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that the 2023 Ford Escape will jettison all of its currently available trim levels for an entirely new range, too.
|2023 Ford Escape Lineup||2022 Ford Escape Lineup|
|ST Line Plus||Titanium|
|ST Line Premium|
The current Escape trim levels – S, SE, SEL, and Titanium – first appeared on the 2013 Escape and have been in continuous use ever since, with the exception of SEL, which was present on the 2013 model before it was dropped from 2014-2017 and later reappeared for the 2018 model year. Regardless, the 2023 Ford Escape will replace those trim levels with new ones in the form of Base, Active, ST Line, ST Line Plus, ST Line Premium, and Platinum.
It’s currently unclear how these trim levels will be used, though it’s likely safe to assume that the Base will be the entry-level offering, with Platinum serving as the top-end trim, based on the hierarchy of other Blue Oval products. The ST Line may also offer Plus and Premium packages as opposed to either serving as a distinct trim, too.
Ford Authority originally reported that the 2023 Ford Escape lineup would be gaining an ST Line trim back in early July, a fact that was later confirmed when spies spotted an ST Line model completely uncovered wearing the corresponding badges. Since then, those same spies have also spotted a more rugged Active model wearing no camo, as well as the crossover’s revised interior with a larger infotainment screen. Meanwhile, 2023 Escape order banks are currently scheduled to open this September, as Ford Authority previously reported, with production kicking off in early November.