The current-generation Ford Escape is growing rather long in the tooth, by automotive standards; it debuted way back in 2013, and it certainly isn’t getting any younger. So, beyond the addition of the new SYNC 3 infotainment system for the 2016 model year, 2017 will introduce a full mid-cycle refresh to keep the Escape from growing too stale.
On that note, what certainly appears to be a refreshed 2017 Ford Escape prototype was just recently captured on video by The Fast Lane Car. You can view that below.
The camouflage on this mystery crossover certainly isn’t giving much away, but we can glean some details. For instance, it appears that the 2017 Ford Escape is getting a new, broader grille, and thinner headlights. Those tweaks ought to bring the revamped crossover more in-line with the facades of the new Ford Edge, Explorer, and 2015 Focus. Changes out back look fairly minimal, with perhaps slightly altered liftgate sculpture and taillight graphics adorning the new 2017 Ford Escape.
What we certainly don’t expect any changes to is the list of powertrain options. We expect the base 2.5-liter four to continue serving alongside the very popular 1.6-liter turbo, and the range-topping 2.0-liter turbo option in the 2017 Ford Escape. Meanwhile, it’s rumored that the 6-speed automatic could conceivably give way to Ford’s new 9- or 10-speed unit; assuming those gearboxes are ready for production in time, that may actually be a safe bet.
Truthfully, the crossover has sold remarkably well despite the length of time it’s gone without a refresh. The less Ford has to change about its winning formula, the better.