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2023 Ford Escape Is Latest Blue Oval Vehicle To Utilize FNV

The Fully Networked Vehicle (FNV) electrical architecture has made its way to a myriad of The Blue Oval’s most popular products, such as the Ford F-150, seventh-generation Ford Mustang, Ford Mustang Mach-E and Ford Super DutyFord Authority has learned that FNV will also be implemented in the 2023 Ford Escape as well.

Michael Geaney, Escape chief program engineer, confirmed in an interview with Ford Authority Executive Editor, Alex Luft, that the 2023 Ford Escape utilizes FNV. This means that the SUV will be able to receive over-the-air (OTA) software updates to the infotainment system and other vehicle systems. Additionally, FNV is less susceptible to cyberattacks and hackers, offering a higher level of user data protection than previous electrical architectures.

As technology advances, FNV will evolve as well, keeping vehicles connected and more secure. However, the downside to the complex security offered by FNV is that it makes it more difficult for third-party tuners to “hack” into it and coax more power out of vehicles that feature the tech, such as the 2023 Ford Escape.

The refreshed 2023 Ford Escape offers a host of updates to the SUV, including a revamped trim level lineup that now includes Base, Active, PHEV, ST-Line and Platinum levels. The ST-Line brings a sportier look to the SUV, including a black mesh grille, rear-wing spoiler and monochromatic exterior with matching painted surfaces. The SUV features the Ford 1.5L I3 EcoBoost or optional Ford 2.0L I4 EcoBoost for a bit more pep, or the hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants of the 2.5L I4.

Inside the cabin, the 2023 Ford Escape offers a standard 8-inch infotainment screen or a larger 13.2-inch unit that’s optional on Active, ST-Line, ST-Line Select, and PHEV trims, as well as standard on the ST-Line Elite and Platinum. Sync 4 with standard Apple CarPlay or Android Auto is standard across all trim levels, with an optional 12.3-inch instrument panel cluster also available.

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Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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  1. Fred lamp

    As technology advances, FNV will evolve as well, keeping vehicles connected and more secure. However, the downside to the complex security offered by FNV is that it makes it more difficult for third-party tuners to “hack” into it and coax more power out of vehicles that feature the tech, such as the 2023 Ford Escape. What does that mean? And what Isa third party turner???

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    1. Harvey

      Car buffs like to tweak the computer to change performance, often decreasing efficiency and increasing emissions. Probably unlikely for the Escape but more common for Mustangs if they plan on racing.

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  2. Kipp Meyers

    Don’t get anything with an eco boost engine. They are junk.

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    1. Ray H

      And you base this on what data? Or is this just S.O.Y. P? I own 3 of the ecoboost vehicles and they’ve been completely trouble free and economical performers. Love’em

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    2. RWFA

      Oh Kipp if only you had followed the maintenance schedule in between your hooning parties.

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    3. EcoBoost29579

      Agree with Kipp. They don’t get anywhere near the promised fuel economy and, in the case of mine (Fusion with the 1.5L 4), has the liklihood of needing a replacement. (Oh, where IS that stalled – thanks to Ford – recall?).
      ’23 Escape is again overpriced because who would want to pay MORE for a 3 vs. a 4? It’s not different enough and it will remain a sorry wallflower in the segment. Not on my short list, for sure.

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    4. Dennis Needleman

      I take the opposit view having owned several eco boost powered Ford vehicles. True user experience in both everyday driving and application which required full proof of performance while towing an RV trailer. In fact I don’t recall any occurance where I was the least amount disappointed in these engines. Or my Ford products overall. I wonder what the basis for your comment is and the details of your experience.

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  3. George Brodnicki

    What is the current status and what is being done for the 2023 Escape PHEV qualifying for a federal tax credit?

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  4. Arcee

    Because the stock rims have everything to do with reliability. This is why you never finance a vehicle for 84mo regardless of what it is. In the event it starts to stress you out or make life miserable, it is much easier to get out from under it when there aren’t a lot of payments left; reduces the likelihood of being “upside down”. Sorry to hear of your problems. I wouldn’t have kept it after the first couple of major problems…it would have been traded immediately.

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  5. RWFA

    The gratuitous and homophobic gay rims comment makes me wonder what other mods you might have done to your sled.

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  6. EcoBoost29579

    The features list for the ’23 is hysterical and looks like a newborn was tasked with putting it together. Lots of new tech, but the driver’s window doesn’t have auto up below mid-level ST-Lines. Even competitor’s subcompact CUVs have that.
    This is just an example. If Ford is going to overcharge (or even charge what the competition does), it had best be well-equipped and it’s far from that. Time for another reboot before production. Delay it if you must.

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  7. Francis

    I will never buy a ford again ..
    So many trouble with my ford escape 2013

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