Though the 2023 Ford Escape has yet to be officially unveiled, order banks for the refreshed crossover opened up at select dealers back on September 19th, as Ford Authority originally reported back in June. Production was slated to begin at the Louisville Assembly plant on November 1st, but sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that 2023 Ford Escape production has now been pushed back by a grand total of six weeks.
Now, 2023 Ford Escape production is scheduled to begin on December 12th, 2022, over a month after the previously expected date. Of course, as is always the case, this date is subject to change once again – particularly as FoMoCo continues to battle various supply chain issues, so it may not be set in stone, either.
When it does launch, the 2023 Ford Escape will introduce a number of changes to the long-running crossover, including revised interior and exterior styling. These updates also include the addition of standard LED headlamps, an upgraded Ford Co-Pilot360 safety system that adds rear cross-traffic braking, a standard eight-inch digital instrument panel, and standard eight-inch or optional 13.2 inch infotainment screens. The refreshed model is also getting a completely revamped trim level lineup, with the plug-in hybrid now standing alone on its own and the Active joining the lineup, though that particular trim is just an appearance upgrade and not a more capable off-roader like its European counterpart.
While the Escape is getting new trims and regaining its mini spare tire that was deleted for the 2021 model year, the crossover is also missing a few notable features. That includes an option for all-wheel drive on the PHEV, the previously-available MyKey, and Ford’s BlueCruise hands-free highway driving feature.