After only two years of career, the Ford Escape receives a restyling. The American equivalent of the Kuga sold here offers a more assumed style, which the latter should adopt in the coming months.
Launched in 2020, the Ford Escape is already going through the restyling box. The one we know with us under the name Kuga undergoes an update faster than expected, due to a style deemed rather arbitrary. Ford therefore agrees to make an effort on the design, making its American SUV more aggressive. These developments should logically reach the Old Continent on the Kuga.
More stylish and techno
The most notable development is at the front, with a new grille much wider and lower. This incorporates a large Ford logo in the center, when the pre-restyling Kuga and Escape incorporated the emblem on the end of the hood. The headlights are also revised, with a new light signature. This is even supplemented by a thin strip, also luminous, on the top of the grille, thus connecting the headlamps. The shield is reworked, with a gray protective ski to mark its SUV side. The rear part, on the other hand, hardly evolves. The interior of the lights is slightly modified with an inverted U light signature, and the trunk handle disappears from the tailgate.
On board, the restyled Escape adopts a much larger central screen. From 8 inches before restyling, it goes to 13.2 inches as on the restyled Focus. The dashboard is therefore slightly reworked: some physical buttons (start, demisting, volume wheel or shortcut to the reversing camera) migrate to the bottom of the center console, in place of the air conditioning controls which now go digital through the touch screen. The digital counters are always displayed on a 12.3-inch panel. The Escape also retains its practical 15 cm sliding rear seat, varying passenger legroom and trunk volume as needed.
See you in the coming months for more details.
Across the Atlantic, the Ford Escape remains faithful to its 100% thermal (four-cylinder 1.5 EcoBoost and 2.0 EcoBoost) and hybrid (HEV 2.5 Hybrid or PHEV 2.5 Plug-in Hybrid) engines. In Europe, the Kuga should opt for hybrid engines only, whether in simple hybrid, with E85 bi-fuel or a rechargeable hybrid proposal as today. We should have more information during the official presentation of the Kuga restyling, which should take place in the coming months.
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