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Spied: Refreshed 2016 Ford Escape Should Get Edge-Inspired Tweaks

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/14/2015 Erick Ayapana

The 2015 Ford Escape has slipped a bit in the compact crossover sales race, which means now would be a good time for a refresh to catch up with the pesky Chevrolet Equinox and Honda CR-V. Ford appears to be doing just that, as a spy photographer captured this 2016 Ford Escape prototype.

2016 Ford Escape© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Ford Escape The photographer suggests the 2016 Escape will sport similar design cues to the 2016 Ford Edge, and these photos appear to back that up. The prototype’s front fascia, for example, shows hints of a large, trapezoidal grille with large slats. Headlights appear larger with more detailing.

Meanwhile, the rear should also receive some tweaks, including revised taillights. We also expect a few changes inside, perhaps with simplified HVAC and infotainment controls, much like what Ford has done with the 2016 Focus. Speaking of infotainment, the 2016 Ford Escape should also be the recipient of the next-generation SYNC 3 system that runs on a new Blackberry QNX-based platform, in place of the current Microsoft system.

Powertrain options will likely carry over. The Escape’s base engine is a 168-hp, 2.5-liter I-4, while two EcoBoost options include a 178-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 and a 240-hp, 2.0-liter I-4.

In 2014, the Escape was the second-best selling compact crossover behind the Honda CR-V. The Escape, however, has fallen a bit in the first quarter of 2015, with a year-to-date total of 93,042 units, placing it in third place behind the Equinox (94,469 sold) and CR-V (102,579 sold). The Toyota RAV4 isn’t too far behind the Escape, though it too has been refreshed for model year 2016.

Photo Source: KGP Photography

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