For the 2021 model year, the Ford Escape followed a trend that’s become more prevalent in modern vehicles in general – it ditched its standard spare tire in favor of a repair kit, though the automaker continued to offer the spare as an option. Now, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that the refreshed 2023 Ford Escape has gained a mini spare tire in a bit of a reversal after the automaker’s decision to nix that item a couple of years ago.
The 2023 Ford Escape now once again comes standard with a mini spare, or a “donut” as it’s otherwise known. In the meantime, the previously-available Tire Inflator and Sealant Kit has been deleted altogether, which marks quite the shift for the crossover as it prepares to launch with revised interior and exterior styling, along with a larger touchscreen and various other changes to boot.
As Ford Authority reported last week, the 2023 Ford Escape has also ditched the current model’s trim level lineup in favor of entirely new trims, with the plug-in hybrid becoming its own standalone model, while the new-for-the-U.S. Active trim won’t mimic its European counterpart, as it’s merely an appearance package with no additional off-road capability.
Meanwhile, the refreshed crossover won’t be available with Ford’s BlueCruise hands-free highway driving feature, and has also dropped the MyKey feature as well. The 2023 Escape PHEV will not be available with all-wheel drive, while the refreshed crossover won’t offer BlueCruise in any configuration. As Ford Authority reported back in June, order banks for the 2023 Escape opened up on September 19th for select dealers, which will be followed by the start of production on November 1st.