Does The World Need A Ford Escape ST (Or Kuga ST) Performance SUV?

Ford has a brand new compact SUV out, marketed as the Escape in America and Kuga in Europe, but otherwise, identical, and naturally, rendering artists have started imagining it in different forms, including a hotter ST variant.

A hypothetical rival to something like the Volkswagen T-Roc R, the rendered Kuga / Escape ST adopts a sportier body kit in both interpretations. XTomi’s is a bit more colorful and gets body-colored plastic cladding, whereas KleberSilva has went for a chrome red look and an almost identical body kit.

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Are these renderings in vain or could Ford realistically consider making an ST version of the third-gen SUV? When the original model came out 11 years ago, it would have a tough sale, but now, the SUV boom has given birth to different niches. Performance-orientated crossovers are popping up everywhere. Plus, don’t forget that Ford seems willing to bet big on SUVs.

As for the technical aspect, developing an Escape and Kuga ST should be fairly straightforward. The regular compact SUV is based on the same platform as the new Focus, which is already available in ST guise. It was uncovered earlier this year as a VW Golf GTI and Honda Civic Type R challenger, with a 280 PS (276 hp / 206 kW) and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque 2.3-liter four-cylinder, turbocharged engine.

The new Focus ST is front-wheel drive, but the new Focus RS is coming with all-wheel drive and a rumored 400 horsepower to squeeze the Mercedes-AMG A45 and Audi RS3 Sportback in their corners.

The question is, if Ford decides to approve an Escape / Kuga ST, would you consider buying one?



    Overseas only

  • PhilMcGraw

    Does the world need it? No.

    Is Ford going to approve one, especially in the U.S. where people go bonkers over a high powered SUV and buy them in droves? Yes.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Why not?

    If it leads to more sales, more profit, and is a better drive than the regular version I see no downsides…

  • JTL2017

    I don’t think it’s a bad idea. Along as it’s not too expensive, I think it could work.

  • Rocket

    Not only do I think Ford should offer one, I firmly believe they will do so. It’s one of the reasons they made it more car-like than the previous generations.

  • Dude

    I definitely like more than the Edge ST

  • FordMopar

    New Focus ST is not selling here in US. This looks almost like one. Kinda makes it up for us. Hope Ford is secretly developing this. Better be lowered and all body colored. This is one nice looking!

  • Tenrten

    I work for Bmw part time as a Driver and their X2M 235 is $54,000 + with 300 hp way , way overpriced ….I would buy a Ford escape with 300 hp or more in a minute for anywhere near 35/38 even $40 thanks for asking!

  • SteersUright

    Just fix the goofy frog face and why not? Any and all Macan wannabe’s are welcome because, well, the Macan is too damn overpriced.

  • sidewaysspin

    do it

  • Jim Ragland

    Yes it does….and can replace the Focus ST that the masses can afford, and still take the family along.

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