The Ford Escape compact crossover is due for a refresh, and our spy photographers recently caught a prototype that shows a new face clearly inspired by the look of the new 2015 Ford Edge. The 2016 Ford Escape is also likely to receive some interior revisions, which may include the new Sync 3 infotainment system announced last year.
Through the camouflage on this prototype, we can see that the 2016 Ford Escape sports redesigned headlights with LED accents, a reshaped front fascia, and a new hexagonal grille that’s practically identical to the one on the 2015 Ford Edge crossover. The overall profile doesn’t change at all, but we can see new taillights out back and a slightly reshaped liftgate. The Escape’s refresh, which should debut later this year, will also likely include new wheel designs and various trim upgrades.
The dashboard of this 2016 Ford Escape prototype is also camouflaged, suggesting that changes are in store for the crossover’s interior. We bet that the Escape will be one of the first applications of the redesigned Sync 3 infotainment system, which is set to launch this year with a clearer, more simple interface compared to the current MyFord Touch system.
The Ford Escape’s powertrain options aren’t likely to change, and should still include a 2.5-liter four-cylinder in the base model and 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engines in the upper trims. A six-speed automatic should remain the only transmission choice, with front- and all-wheel drive offered.
Keep an eye out for more news on the updated 2016 Ford Escape over the next few months, and take a look at the spy photos below in the meantime.