The Ford Escape will be receiving an Edge-inspired makeover for the 2007 model year that features a headlight treatment similar to the aforementioned CUV but lacks the corporate three-bar grille so popular with the young Fords these days. Larger in size and exuding a more macho demeanor than the inaugural Escape, the next gen model features refreshingly unadorned sheetmetal and a tall beltline that adds visual weight to the vehicle.

And lest owners can’t distinguish their new Escape apart an Edge in the local neighborhood Super Wal-Mart parking lot, Ford has branded the vehicle’s name in the plastic part of its front bumper so they won’t forget.

[Source: The Car Connection]