Quite a few people have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Ford Escape PHEV, or plug-in hybrid. We first learned of the Escape and Lincoln Corsair PHEV’s existence way back in February of 2019, after all. And while it’s unclear what has delayed Ford Escape PHEV production to this point, Ford Authority has learned that the new model will enter production in January 2021.
Despite entering production in 2021, from what we understand, the Escape PHEV will still be a 2020 model year vehicle. Incidentally, 2021 Ford Escape (regular/non-PHEV) production will begin on January 4th, 2021 at the Ford Louisville Assembly Plant.
“Customers love the all-new Escape and Escape Hybrid, which have earned top honors in the J.D. Power 2020 APEAL Study. We expect to soon start shipping Escape PHEVs to dealers,” Ford Motor Company spokesman, Mike Levine, told Ford Authority in a statement.
Meanwhile, the Escape’s Ford C2 Platform mate – the Corsair PHEV – will enter production earlier, on November 9th, 2020, as we recently reported. The Kuga PHEV – which is what the Escape PHEV is called in Europe – is already on sale and doing quite well.
The Escape PHEV is powered by Ford’s 2.5L iVCT Atkinson-Cycle I-4. That traditional gas powerplant is paired with a permanent magnet synchronous motor and a liquid-cooled, 14.4 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery to produce a combined targeted output of 209 horsepower, which flows to the front wheels through an electronic continuously variable transmission (CVT).
When running strictly on gasoline, the Escape PHEV carries an EPA-estimated rating of 41 miles per gallon, or an EPA-estimated all-electric fuel economy rating of 100 MPGe combined, which is best-in-class. The Escape PHEV will travel up to 37 miles on battery power alone, too.
The Escape PHEV is capable of charging on Level 1 or Level 2 AC. Using a 110 volt Level 1 charger, the estimated time to fully charge the battery is 10 to 11 hours. Using a 240 volt Level 2 charger, charge time drops to roughly 3.5 hours.
The new Escape PHEV has a very affordable base MSRP of just under $35,000. The plug-in hybrid drivetrain is available on every Escape trim level except for base S and SE Sport, meaning that it can be had on SE, SEL, and Titanium trim levels.