The refreshed 2023 Ford Escape was just revealed back in October, but as has long been the case with a number of automotive models, the crossover is also facing its fair share of supply chain challenges. As Ford Authority reported in November, the 2023 Escape has already dropped its hands-free liftgate feature, and just last week, that certain 2023 Ford Escape models are also adding a manual key fob option, too. Now, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that 2023 Ford Escape production is adding a pair of SiriusXM removal options in the latest change for the refreshed crossover.
The 2023 Escape lineup will add a total of two different SiriusXM with 360L removal options in the future, which are officially known as the Sirius XM with 360L Removal Credit. Both will fully remove SiriusXM from impacted models, of which there are two different options, one for each Sync 4 system – the 8-inch and 13.2-inch infotainment screens. Since SiriusXM is standard on Active-trimmed Escapes and above, this could impact a wide number of future Escape models.
As of now, this option only becomes mandatory if the chip supply become inadequate. Additionally, the Sirius XM with 360L Removal Credit options are late availability, so production hasn’t likely accommodated either yet. The 2023 Ford Escape isn’t the only model to ditch SiriusXM in recent months either, as the 2022 Ford Explorer introduced a similar option back in October, too. Unfortunately for consumers, these sorts of changes seem likely to continue as supply chain challenges are expected to persist for the foreseeable future, according to Ford CEO Jim Farley.
In addition to this and a number of other changes as part of its mid-cycle refresh, the 2023 Escape is also getting more expensive, as Ford Authority recently reported. However, with the changes to the crossover’s trim level lineup, it’s difficult to compare it with the 2022 model in that regard, and at best, the price increases are relatively minor.