It’s been a long and winding road for the Ford Escape PHEV and Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring. The models were originally revealed in 2019, and in July of 2020, Lincoln confirmed to Ford Authority that the Grand Touring was still slated to launch in 2020. One month later, we reported that the plug-in hybrids were scheduled to enter production in November. In October, Ford Escape PHEV production was pushed back again because of the Kuga PHEV’s stop-sale and recall in Europe before it was moved to April 5th, and later, April 6th, 2021.
Now, Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring and Ford Escape PHEV production is scheduled to being a few days later – April 12th at the Ford Louisville Assembly Plant, according to Ford Authority sources. As is always the case, this date could very well change again, especially in light of the ongoing global chip shortage that is still affecting 2021 Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair production, along with a host of other models.
When it finally launches, the Escape PHEV will be 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 Corsair Grand Touring (PHEV) is powered by the same traditional gas powerplant as the Escape PHEV but features a higher combined output of 266 horsepower. That gas/electric powerplant combination is mated exclusively to Lincoln’s PowerSplit electric continuously variable transmission and electric all-wheel-drive.
As we previously reported, the 2021 Ford Escape PHEV in base SE trim will carry a starting MSRP of $32,650. Stepping up to the SEL trim will cost buyers at least $35,510, while the range-topping Titanium starts out at $38,585. This Ford Escape PHEV pricing does not include a $1,245 destination and delivery fee, however.
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