Just a few days ago, we reported the production dates for the Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring, the plug-in hybrid version of the Corsair. Now, Ford Authority has also learned the 2021 Ford Escape PHEV production dates as well, which shares the Ford C2 Platform with the luxurious crossover.
2021 Ford Escape PHEV production is currently scheduled to begin on April 5th, 2021 at the Ford Louisville Assembly Plant – the same day Corsair Grand Touring production is scheduled to begin. Meanwhile, the standard 2021 Ford Escape will enter production on January 4th, 2021. As is always the case, however, these dates are subject to change.
It’s been a long and winding road for the Escape PHEV and Corsair Grand Touring. The models were revealed in 2019, and in July of this year, Lincoln confirmed to Ford Authority that the Grand Touring was still slated to launch in 2020, though it would be later in the year rather than the planned summer arrival. One month later, we reported that it was scheduled to enter production in November.
Then, in October, we reported that Escape PHEV production had been delayed once again, this time to 2021, because of the Kuga PHEV – a rebadged version of the Escape – stop-sale and recall in Europe that stemmed from a handful of those models catching fire. However, at the time, Ford was still planning for the model to enter production in January of 2021.
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.