The refreshed 2017 Ford Escape has been caught testing by spy photographers in Michigan sporting some secret-concealing camouflage on its front and rear fascias. As Car and Driver reports, the updated Escape will likely receive updated styling more akin to that seen on the 2015 Fiesta and Focus, along with some interior tweaks and possibly a powertrain update.
Beneath the front camouflage sits a restyled front end with a large upper grille, which is reminiscent of the new Ford Edge’s grille. Thinner more contemporary headlights appear to also be in store, along with new fog lamps. Out back a redesigned hatch and taillights appear to be in store, but the camouflage has done its job and prevented us from getting a very good look.
With this midcycle refresh, there’s a small chance of a new engine replacing the 168 horsepower 2.5-liter, 178 horsepower 1.6-liter or 240 horsepower 2.0-liter options currently offered. Instead, the addition of Ford’s upcoming 9- and 10- speed a new automatic transmission may be the sole powertrain change. Inside the 2017 Escape will likely receive a slight refresh with Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system, which is also being used in the 2016 model.
The updated 2017 Escape could arrive at the Los Angeles auto show later this year, with dealerships receiving cars next Spring. Head on over to Car and Driver to check out the photos.