Western publications presented their vision of what the updated Ford Escape / Kuga crossover can become. The debut of the novelty is expected in 2022.
It’s probably safe to say that the current generation Ford Escape / Kuga hasn’t been the easiest and quickest to hit the market, especially when it comes to the plug-in hybrid version. The automaker had to postpone the start of production of the PHEV version of the model due to quality issues it had to solve with the supplier. After it was finally launched into production, the Kuga became one of the best-selling hybrids in Europe. The model update is likely to increase demand.
Prototypes of the refreshed Escape / Kuga are currently being tested on public roads with camouflaged bodies, but our colleagues have made a “preview” of the design changes.
Their unofficial render depicts an updated crossover with a redesigned front fascia and cool visual enhancements – and, of course, no camouflage.
Since the Focus and Fiesta are sold in Europe, it really isn’t that hard to predict what the updated Escape / Kuga will look like. The two hatchbacks get new headlights and wider false grilles, and the same changes can be seen on the updated Kuga pictured here.
Not much can be said about the cabin, although we expect the refreshed crossover to receive a new 12.3-inch screen for the infotainment system, which first appeared on the refreshed Focus. Ford SYNC4 software is likely to become the new standard on this display, along with a new instrument cluster and updated safety and driver assistance systems.
The Kuga is one of the most electrified Ford models in the European market, and we doubt much will change with the engine upgrade. Expect an updated model to arrive at some point in the second quarter of next year, with sales likely to start before the end of 2022 as the 2023 model.
We also advise you to watch a detailed test drive of the Ford Kuga 2020 crossover from the FineAuto team: