When the 2023 Ford Escape debuted yesterday, it did so bearing a brand new trim level lineup that’s completely different from the outgoing model – Base, Active, PHEV, ST-Line, and Platinum, which replace the outgoing S, SE, SEL, and Titanium trims. The ST-Line is notable because it’s brand new to the crossover, though Ford has used that particular name on a variety of vehicles that feature sporty styling without the extra performance goodies present on ST models with solid customer response, and it expects the same for the new 2023 Ford Escape ST-LIne lineup, too.
In fact, Escape Brand Manager Adrienne Zaski explained to Ford Authority Executive Editor Alex Luft at the 2023 Ford Escape reveal event that the ST-Line series – which consists of the ST-Line, ST-Line Select, and ST-Line Elite – is expected to represent 50 percent of all Escape sales. That’s a rather large number, but it makes sense given the trim level’s positioning within the lineup, sporty style, and pricing.
On the outside, the Escape ST-Line features a black mesh front grille, a unique rear skid plate, a single-wing rear spoiler, and standard 18-inch wheels, as well as monochromatic bodywork with matching painted surfaces. The ST-Line Elite is also equipped with a “coast-to-coast” LED light bar located between the headlights and 19-inch machine-faced Ebony-painted wheels.
Inside the cabin, the sporty crossover features an ebony hue accented by red stitching on the seats, door panels, arm rests, steering wheel, and floor mats, along with a flat-bottom steering wheel. The new 13.2-inch infotainment screen is optional on the ST-Line and ST-Line Select, as well as standard equipment on the ST-Line Elite.
In terms of powertrains, the ST-Line is equipped with the turbocharged Ford 1.5L I-3 EcoBoost engine that is targeted to produce 180 horsepower and standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive, or a hybrid option with front-wheel drive. Meanwhile, the ST-Line Select and Elite are equipped with either the turbocharged Ford 2.0L I-4 EcoBoost powerplant with standard all-wheel drive or the hybrid. In terms of pricing, the ST-Line starts out at $29,840, the ST-Line Select at $34,040, and the ST-Line Elite at $38,460, giving customers a wide range of equipment levels and price points to choose from.