2023 Ford Escape ST-Line Elite
DETROIT — Ford Motor is updating its standard Escape as a part of a two-pronged gross sales technique alongside the newer, extra rugged Bronco Sport within the extremely aggressive compact SUV section.
Ford expects the brand new design of the 2023 Escape, together with extra comfort and security applied sciences, to assist it maintain, if not develop, gross sales of the car.
“The Escape is already our fourth best-selling car inside our portfolio, and we expect we have a possibility to develop additional,” mentioned Craig Patterson, Ford SUV advertising and marketing supervisor, throughout a media briefing.
With the replace, Ford can be including a brand new ST sport package deal that the corporate expects to account for roughly half of the car’s gross sales going ahead. It is going to be obtainable on three fashions, beginning at $995. It options darker styling, bigger wheels and different options.
The beginning worth for the 2023 Escape ranges from roughly $29,000 for an entry-level mannequin to $40,000 for a plug-in hybrid electrical car. That compares with the present lineup which fits for about $27,000 to $41,000.
The 2023 Escape is anticipated to start arriving in vendor showrooms early subsequent 12 months. The automaker started taking reservations for the car on Tuesday.
The objective is to distinguish the mainstream Escape from the extra rugged Bronco Sport, permitting every car to type a distinct segment within the compact car section, in accordance with Adrienne Zaski, Escape model supervisor.
“This section is giant. It could actually really feel commoditized. We expect with the enhancements that we’ve right here we’re going to have the ability to get away of the ocean of sameness,” she mentioned.
U.S. gross sales of the Escape outsold the Bronco Sport by roughly 30,000 models via the third quarter of this 12 months. The Bronco Sport began arriving in Ford dealerships within the middle of last year.
Each autos share the identical car platform, or underpinnings, however are produced at completely different crops. The Bronco Sport is made at a manufacturing unit in Mexico, whereas the Escape is produced at Ford’s Louisville Meeting Plant in Kentucky.
The 2023 Escape options headlights much like the electric Mustang Mach-E and can be obtainable with a full LED mild bar throughout the entrance of the car. Different updates embody a refreshed inside, together with bigger screens; wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; and extra security options.
The Escape retains its powertrain choices, together with a conventional hybrid and plug-in hybrid electrical car. Each mannequin within the new lineup targets an EPA-estimated vary of at the very least 400 miles per tank, in accordance with Ford. The hybrid with front-wheel drive targets an EPA-estimated vary of greater than 550 miles.
Ford mentioned the plug-in hybrid electrical mannequin accounts for under about 7% to eight% of present unit gross sales. Relying on components and uncooked materials prices, the carmaker might look to increase gross sales of these autos, in accordance with Zaski. Gross sales of the standard hybrid is constrained attributable to provide chain points and accounts for about 15% to twenty% of gross sales, Patterson mentioned.