A prototype of the 2023 Ford Kuga aka Escape in some markets, has been caught testing driving on public roads close to the Nürburgring. Despite being covered in camouflage, we have a close look at what is changed and updated now.
The new prototype looks way more attractive than before, and it wears the ST-Line treatment, likely for benchmarking. As far as we can see, the front end is new, featuring more aggressive headlights, lower bonnet line, larger grille, and different bumper intakes. In case you didn’t know, Kuga was available with a variety of electrified options including Ford’s mild-hybrid, full-hybrid, and plug-in hybrid powertrains.
2023 Ford Kuga Design
As we mentioned, the new 2023 Ford Kuga prototype was spied driving on public roads close to the Nürburgring. Unfortunately, its body has been camouflaged, but we still managed to notice some changes and upgrades. First of all, the design is way better, and the new model wears a popular ST-Line appearance.
The front end is all-new, featuring more aggressive headlights, a lower bonnet line, a larger grille incorporating the Ford logo, and different bumper intakes. Despite being covered most of the body, the rear of this SUV is fully uncovered, and we can see that the Kuga comes with better taillight graphics.
More Premium Interior
The interior of the 2023 Ford Kuga will be fresh, and we can expect more premium materials. According to many reports, updates will most likely include a larger 13.2-inch touchscreen with the latest SYNC4 infotainment, and the same updated graphics on the digital instrument cluster we saw on the facelifted Ford Focus.
Considering that the size is the same, the forthcoming model should fit five passengers comfortably in 2-rows. Overall, the new Ford Kuga is a great option if you’re looking for a family SUV.
2023 Ford Kuga Engine Options
As the Escape version, the new 2023 Ford Kuga should also deploy the same engines. The base engine is a turbocharged 1.5-liter unit with only three cylinders, making 180 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque. This engine uses a 8-speed automatic transmission sending output to the front wheels (FWD) in standard form. Of course, you can attach All-wheel drive (AWD) optionally.
The more powerful is a turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder unit that develops 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. This variant uses a standard 8-speed transmission, just like an all-wheel drive. Besides, the manufacturer also offers the hybrid (HEV) and the plug-in hybrid (PHEV), both deploying a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and electric motor. Combined, they are delivering output of 200 horsepower. The PHEV’s plug-in comes with a battery that can cover a useful 37 miles in electric vehicle (EV) mode.
2023 Ford Kuga Release Date, Price
The third-generation Ford Kuga will debut in the second half of 2022. In case you didn’t know, this model is also the same as the Escape in the US. Ford will make this SUV more competitive thanks to many modifications, and we assume some increase in price as well.