Earlier this month, we shared an unofficial render of the refreshed Ford Escape for the North American market. Known as the Kuga in Europe, the crossover was spied on days later to further reveal its real design. Based on these spy photos, our colleagues and friends from Kolesa.ru created these exclusive and detailed renderings to give a better overview of the updated model.
As seen in the spy photos, the front end of the Escape will be redesigned to accommodate a slightly larger grille with more pronounced air openings. It is flanked on either side by narrower, more slender headlights, likely featuring LED technology with automatic cornering and high beam functions. Underneath, in the bumper, there is a new lower grille with a trapezoidal shape and a new internal pattern. Surrounding it is a pair of new air intakes channeling cool air to the engine and brakes.
Things are much more understated at the rear where the overall design is virtually unchanged, although there are a few small tweaks noticeable in this render. The taillights, for example, are expected to feature a new look with clear lenses, while the lower part of the bumper will likely get a redesigned diffuser with integrated chrome pipes. It should be noted that this render represents the premium Kuga Vignale for the European market, which currently has no equivalent in the United States.
Speaking of the two markets, we don’t expect changes under the hood on both sides of the Big Pond. In North America, customers will be able to choose between a base 1.5-liter three-cylinder and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, as well as two hybrids, including a PHEV, with a 2-cycle Atkinson-cycle ICE engine, 5 liters. In Europe there is also a 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel, and all of these versions are sold with an eight-speed transmission as standard or as an option.