Ford Authority spies originally spotted a completely uncovered 2023 Ford Escape driving around back in June, followed by the new ST-Line trim a few weeks later and an Active model shortly after that. A rendering of the 2023 Ford Escape PHEV later surfaced on a dealer website, though we haven’t seen the electrified crossover in the flesh – until now, at least, as Ford Authority spies have now spotted a 2023 Ford Escape PHEV completely undisguised for the very first time.
As was the case with previously-spied 2023 Escape models, this PHEV is wearing a new front end design that’s decidedly sharper than the current-gen model, which features rounder, softer lines. The Escape has new, slim LED headlights up front, along with an oval-shaped upper grill that’s flanked by a pair of fog lights.
The side profile of the 2023 Ford Escape PHEV looks much like the existing model, which isn’t a huge surprise given the fact that this represents a refresh for the crossover – not a total redesign. Out back, however, the Escape gains a revised taillight design that’s also a bit more modern looking than the existing model.
As Ford Authority reported earlier this month, the 2023 Escape will ditch the existing model’s trim levels completely in favor of an entirely new lineup, which includes the addition of the ST-Line and Active. While all-wheel drive will be available in some configurations, that won’t include the PHEV, as Ford Authority reported a few weeks ago. In addition to some exterior styling updates, the interior of the refreshed crossover will also receive a new, larger infotainment screen running SYNC 4, a digital instrument cluster, capacitive touch buttons, and a few other tweaks.
Order banks for the 2023 Ford Escape are currently scheduled to open on on September 19th, with production following on November 1st. As always, these dates are subject to change, however, particularly amid numerous ongoing supply constraints.