The Ford Escape is coming for a big facelift, as evidenced by a camouflage prototype recently seen in the wild.

The current Escape, known in some markets as the Kuga, was introduced with a rather warm design for the 2020 model year that became even more forgotten with the launch of the related Bronco Sport a year later.

Ford seems to be addressing this shortcoming with a mid-cycle update for compact crossovers. The rounded front edge of the current escape will pave the way for a tougher, blockier look in the updated model. The headlights are also new and the grille is now elevated and features a seating center with the Ford logo. The logo currently sits on the front end of the hood.

The overall result should be something more closely related to the Mustang Mach-E.

Changes to the back styling will be less dramatic. Looks like there will be a modified fascia and possibly a new design for the drainage tips. The exhaust design shown in some prototypes is only a temporary unit.

According to our photographer, the dash was also widely concealed, indicating major changes inside as well. Don’t be surprised if a larger infotainment screen is added, something we’ve seen with an updated version of the related focus that has just been launched abroad.

It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. The current Escape has a relatively varied lineup starting with a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-3 which is good for 181 hp. A 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 offers a 250 hp quality and a 2.5-liter inline-4 in hybrid and plug-in hybrid configuration for fuel-conscious buyers. They offer 200 and 221 hp respectively.

Find the updated Escape as a 2023 model to arrive later this year

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