Photos with a test prototype of the Ford Escape Active crossover have been published. The more off-road version of the model did not receive camouflage.
Judging by the published photos, the updated Escape received a new octagonal radiator grille, not the current hexagonal one. The grid elements in the corners of the front have clearer edges instead of the existing rounded design. Big changes have also affected the optics – the headlights have a sharper shape, and now there is an LED strip on the edge of the hood between them.
Changes in the headlights also required a new hood. Like the rest of the updated design, it has become more angular than the current Escape.
The sides of the car have hardly changed. The chrome trim along the rear pillar seems slightly thicker on the updated crossover. Unlike other aspects of the design, the taillights have a more rounded shape. The bottom panel looks identical to the existing Escape.
Earlier we saw the updated Escape in the contested ST-Line configuration. It had a different grille grid than in these spy shots, and there were also fog lights in the corners at the front. There was a metal finish on the bottom panel. ST-Line received a set of discs with five spokes, which were separated in the shape of the letter Y on the rim. For comparison, this model with active trim has a more conventional 10-spoke layout.
We don’t have spy shots of the updated Escape interior. Technology improvements are possible because this is a very competitive segment and Ford would like its offering to keep up. Changes in power units still remain a mystery. However, we don’t hear anything about major repairs.
Having seen the updated Escape three times in a row without camouflage, it seems that Ford is not too concerned that the public will see the modified crossover style. This may signal that the debut is just around the corner. We certainly expect a debut before the end of the year.
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