The Ford Escape received a mid-cycle refresh for the 2023 model year that brought forth updated exterior styling and a few other changes for the long-running crossover. However, its counterpart sold in other parts of the world – the Ford Kuga – hasn’t yet followed suit, though the top-selling model is in line to receive the same sort of updates as the refreshed Escape, as Ford Authority reported back in August. Shortly thereafter, Ford Authority spotted the refreshed 2024 Ford Kuga out testing for the first time, and roughly a week later, that same model was revealed for Argentina. Things escalated further earlier this week when Ford Authority spotted a 2024 Kuga Hybrid all-wheel drive model testing, and now, Ford Authority has come across a 2024 Ford Kuga ST-Line prototype being evaluated, too.
As was the case with the prior hybrid model, this 2024 Ford Kuga ST-Line is covered in very minimal camouflage, which makes sense given the fact that we’ve essentially already seen what it looks like in its entirety – both in terms of the refreshed Escape and the aforementioned model that recently debuted in South America. In fact, this crossover is only wearing camo on portions of the lower front bumper, across its front Blue Oval badge, and covering the Kuga logo located on the rear, as if there was any doubt concerning what we’re looking at.
Like the hybrid prototype spotted earlier this week, there are a few other interesting features present here worth pointing out, including the antenna present on the rear portion of the roof, which has two shark fins – meaning that the 2024 Kuga lineup will almost certainly offer a 5G modem. This also means that the Escape – which currently has 4G LTE capability – may follow suit at some point in the future, too. Additionally, the dual exhaust tips and housing around those parts in the rear are shaped differently than the ones on the refreshed Escape.
Otherwise, this 2024 Ford Kuga ST-Line prototype touts essentially identical styling updates when compared to both the 2023 and up Escape and the Argentinian Kuga. The most notable features of those models on the outside include slimmer LED headlights, a coast-to-coast light bar, a new front grille, new wheel designs, and a revised rear end with new taillights, while the interior overhaul includes the addition of a 13.2-inch infotainment screen running SYNC 4 that also has wireless Android Auto and Apple Car Play compatibility.