While the Ford Escape received a refresh for the 2023 model year complete with updated exterior styling and a few other changes, its counterpart sold in other parts of the world – the Ford Kuga – hasn’t yet followed suit. However, the hot-selling crossover has long been in line to receive the same sort of styling 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. Now, Ford Authority has spotted another 2024 Ford Kuga prototype out testing, this time, a hybrid all-wheel drive model.
This 2024 Ford Kuga Hybrid is covered in very minimal camouflage, which makes sense given the fact that we’ve essentially already seen what it looks like – both in terms of the refreshed Escape and the aforementioned model that recently debuted in South America. In fact, it’s only wearing camo on the bottom portions of the body in certain areas, such as the driver’s side and part of the bottom of the front bumper, the Blue Oval badge in the grille (strangely enough), and the bottom portion of both sides, plus a couple of other patches here and there.
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 crossover will almost certainly come equipped with 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 Escape’s.
Otherwise, this 2024 Ford Kuga prototype touts essentially identical styling to both the 2023 and up Escape and the Kuga recently revealed in Argentina. 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 brings forth a 13.2-inch infotainment screen running SYNC 4 that also has wireless Android Auto and Apple Car Play compatibility.