Having made its debut just last week, the refreshed 2023 Ford Escape offers up revised styling inside and out, as well as a totally overhauled trim level lineup with some new additions – chiefly, the ST-Line series and Active trim, among various other changes. However, even this new model isn’t immune to ongoing global supply chain issues, it seems, as sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that the 2023 Ford Escape has dropped the hands-free liftgate feature prior to the start of production, a change that also impacts the 2023 Ford Explorer, as Ford Authority reported yesterday.
2023 Ford Escape production has left out the hands-free foot-activated liftgate from the lineup, a feature that was previously set to be included in the Tech Pack #2, which is optional on Active, ST-Line Select, and PHEV trims and was also set to be standard equipment on the ST-Line Elite and Platinum. This change does not impact the availability of the power liftgate, however, which is standard on Active trim and above.
This change does impact how the 2023 Ford Escape was initially configured, however, and with order banks for the refreshed crossover having been open since mid-October, it’s currently unclear if some early builds will come equipped with the hands-free liftgate, or if it’s being removed entirely prior to the start of production, which is currently slated to begin at the Louisville Assembly plant on December 12th, 2022, barring any setbacks.
In addition to a number of changes as part of its mid-cycle refresh, the 2023 Escape is also getting more expensive, as Ford Authority reported last month. However, with the changes to the crossover’s trim level lineup, it’s difficult to compare it with the current 2022 model in that regard, and at best, the price increases are relatively minor.