The 2023 Ford Escape made its debut in late October, showing off nifty updates such as Sync 4 connectivity and a completely revamped trim level lineup which now includes the Base, Active, PHEV, ST-Line and Platinum. However, the forthcoming crossover will not offer BlueCruise, The Blue Oval’s semi-autonomous driver assist feature, and Ford Authority spoke with the team behind the Escape’s development to find out exactly why that is.
“We saw that feature [BlueCruise] as less relevant for this customer group. We prioritized the Sync 4 feature and the 360-degree camera development,” Michael Geaney, 2023 Ford Escape chief program engineer, explained to Ford Authority Executive Editor Alex Luft in an interview.
As previously mentioned, Sync 4 is standard on the 2023 Ford Escape, which features standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. The 360-degree camera, meanwhile, shows an overhead view of the vehicle while backing up and adds a front and rear camera washer to the crossover. This feature is available with Tech Pack #2, which is an optional extra that can be added to the Escape Active, ST-Line Select and PHEV, and is included as standard for the Escape ST-Line Elite and Platinum trims.
Interestingly, the Ford Escape’s upscale corporate cousin, the 2023 Lincoln Corsair, features ActiveGlide, which is the luxury automaker’s version of BlueCruise.
As a reminder, other upgrades on the way for the 2023 Ford Escape include the Fully Networked Vehicle (FNV) electrical architecture, enabling over-the-air (OTA) updates to the infotainment and other vehicle systems while enhancing cybersecurity. It’s also important to note that while the crossover does feature an all-new ST-Line, this is not the Ford Escape ST, since there are currently no plans to produce a range-topping performance variant.