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2021 Ford Escape PHEV On Sale Now After Delayed Launch

Originally revealed way back in 2019, the 2021 Ford Escape PHEV and Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring have since been plagued by numerous delays after both were originally scheduled to launch in 2020. Production has been pushed back multiple times, first due to the Kuga PHEV’s stop-sale and recall in Europe and then because of supply issues stemming from the semiconductor chip shortage. However, Ford Motor Company spokesperson Kelly Wysocki recently confirmed to Ford Authority Executive Editor Alex Luft that the 2021 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring has finally reached dealerships, and now, she has also confirmed that the 2021 Ford Escape PHEV is on sale as well.

Ford has maintained for some time that its new plug-in hybrid crossovers would launch this year. “It’s coming,” Ford spokesperson, Mike Levine, told Ford Authority at the Chicago Auto Show, where an Escape PHEV was on hand driving around as part of Ford’s demo program. “We’re working through the global semiconductor shortage and are trying to make it as soon as we can. It won’t be a whole lot longer.”

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 output of 200 horsepower, which flows to the front wheels through an electronic continuously variable transmission (eCVT).

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.

As Ford Authority reported in July, 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.

We’ll have more on the Escape PHEV and Corsair Grand Touring soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Escape newsLincoln newsLincoln Corsair news, and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Alan

    I ordered my Escape in May (?) and picked it up 9/30. So far it’s been great.

  2. Thomas Wagner

    Bought one. Not fast but that’s a good thing for me and my lead foot. I turn off the touch screen to save power. I drive carefully to save power. I’m like an old person now. EV credit made my net cost $31k. The engine runs when car is cold so it will be ready if called upon. You cannot defeat this. Front wheel drive only. Cheapest way to get an electric car if you don’t drive more than 30 miles a day.

  3. Richard Potter

    Thomas, think of it as 30 miles at a trip, not 30 miles a day.

    I have a ’14 C-Max PHEV that only goes up to 20 miles on electric. I charge it as soon as I hit home, and it is ready to go again in a couple hours. Using only the 120V charger. With a 220V charger it’s ready again in 30 min.

    Even with this limited capability, I average over 100 MPG over the life of the car, according to the Lie-O-Meter.

  4. Antonio Velasco

    Considero con la ESCAPE nuca perdió competitividad, equipamiento, potencia al no tener el motor Ecoboos 2.0, pero si se incrementó desproporcionadamente su precio.
    La ESCAPE TITANIUM 2019 excelente vehículo.
    He tenido FORD ESCAPE nuevas 2010, 2016, 2019 y pensaba cambiar por una 2021, pero por lo comentado cabio de marca.

  5. Jeffrey D. Sproul

    Still waiting on my Maverick XLT hybrid which I ordered on July 25. I was told by the dealer it could be Spring of 2022.

  6. Mike Parnell

    With Ford launching the Lincoln Grand Touring PHEV, Escape PHEV and Maverick Hybrid with all their pent-up demand and orders, as well as continuing to supply the Escape hybrid, in a computer chip restricted environment ( which hybrids/PHEVs use 3 to 4 times more chips then ICE vehicles ), who knows how and when they are going satisfy, and supply, all their customers, and when you can expect one.


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