In recent weeks, we’ve reported that a couple of Ford and Lincoln models equipped with SelectShift paddle shifters would offer a more limited availability of that feature for the 2021 model year. Now, Ford Authority has learned from sources familiar with product plans that this list also includes the 2021 Ford Escape, which will no longer offer the paddle shifters at all – even as an option.
When the all-new Ford Escape debuted for the 2020 model year, only models equipped with Ford’s optional 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 engine came with the SelectShift paddle shifters. However, even those models will no longer come equipped with paddle shifters.
Ford’s SelectShift system with paddle shifters gives owners a sportier way to shift the vehicle without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. The feature also allows the driver to choose between fully automatic shifting or semi-automatic, clutch-less shifting on the fly.
The SelectShift automatic transmission allows drivers to choose between a conventional automatic-shifting drive mode (“D”) or semi-automatic shifting sport mode (“S”). Within Sport mode, drivers can choose between automatic Sport shifting and manual shifting.
The 2021 Ford Escape joins the 2021 Ford Explorer and 2021 Lincoln Nautilus in this regard. As we previously reported, paddle shifters are only standard equipment on 2021 Explorer Limited Hybrid, ST, and Platinum trims, and are not available on Base trim models.
For the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus, SelectShift capability with paddle shifters will only available on vehicles equipped with Ford’s twin-turbocharged 2.7L EcoBoost V6 or 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 with the Class II Trailer Tow Package. Models equipped with the 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 will only come equipped with the paddle shifters if they are also equipped with the tow package.