Following a bit of a lull as The Blue Oval worked to sort out quality issues with the refreshed Ford Escape, production got off to a slow start but steadily ramped up throughout the rest of the year. With production of the 2024 Escape kicking off at the Louisville Assembly plant in November, those numbers did take a bit of a dip that month, going from 20,018 units in October to 8,618 units – a decrease of 11,400 units, or 57 percent. However, things bounced back somewhat in December, according to the automaker’s latest sales report.
In its first full month of production, the 2024 Ford Escape tallied 13,736 units in December – a healthy 59 percent increase versus November. Though it was only the crossover’s seventh-most productive month in the 2023 calendar year, that did boost total production of the Ford Escape up to 162,733 units to close things out.
For the 2024 model year, the Escape is only being treated to a few minor updates following its 2023 refresh, as is typically the case. For starters, the Base trim has become a fleet-only offering, leaving the new Active model as the entry-level offering in the lineup. Additionally, the SecuriCode keyless entry keypad has been dropped (but is still available as a dealer-installed option), and the factory navigation option has been reduced from three years to one.
Meanwhile, the 2024 Ford Escape is gaining just one new exterior paint color for the new model year – Race Red – which is exclusively available on the new Active and Base trims. However, this new color comes at the cost of two other color options that have been deleted from the lineup as part of the model year changeover – Cinnabar Red Metallic and Atlas Blue Metallic.