Following a complete overhaul for the 2020 model year, not much has changed with the 2021 Ford Escape. However, one notable feature is missing from the 2021 Escape – the 110V/150W AC power outlet that was previously included on 2020 Ford Escape Titanium models bundled with the Titanium Package 2.0, which also included the Head-up Display and the Panoramic Vista Roof.
For 2021, two USB powerpoints are located on the rear section of the center console on SE and higher trims which include one USB-A port and one USB-C port. A 12V powerpoint is standard on S trim.
In addition to losing this power outlet, the 2021 Escape is also no longer available with Ford’s SelectShift paddle shifters, as Ford Authority reported back in November of last year. Additionally, a tire repair kit has replaced the spare tire, though a spare remains an option for those that want one.
As we recently reported, the 2021 Escape adds four new exterior colors to its roster: Antimatter Blue Metallic, Bronze Fire Metallic, Carbonized Gray Metallic, and Iconic Silver Metallic. Ford’s 2.5L Atkinson Cycle I4 Hybrid powerplant is also now available on SE and SEL trims for the new model year.
The other big news for the new model year Escape is that production of the previously-delayed 2021 Escape PHEV and 2021 Lincoln Corsair PHEV models, both of which ride on the same Ford C2 platform, is currently set for April 6th, 2021 at the Ford Louisville Assembly plant – one day later than Ford previously planned.
Production of the regular 2021 Escape has been underway since January, however, as we reported yesterday, the Louisville plant is currently shut down for one week due to issues related to the recent winter storms plaguing much of the U.S.