Following multiple delays stemming from the Kuga PHEV’s stop-sale in Europe due to fires and various supply chain constraints, the Ford Escape PHEV and Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring finally launched in the U.S. back in September of last year. However, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that 2022 Ford Escape PHEV retail order banks are set to close after tomorrow, July 12th, due to high demand, though dealers will still be able to order the plug-in hybrid for stock. However, production of the electrified crossover will prioritize retail orders made on or prior to July 12th.
This move comes as order banks for the refreshed 2023 Ford Escape are scheduled to open up in September with production following in November, as Ford Authority reported last month. The refreshed crossover will receive a host of changes for the new model year, including revised front and rear exterior styling, an updated cabin with a larger infotainment screen, and the addition of a new ST-Line trim, as Ford Authority recently reported.
The 2023 Ford Escape PHEV leaked online just last week, giving us our first look at the refreshed version of the plug-in hybrid, as well as some info regarding that model, which looks set to carry over largely unchanged from the current-gen model. In the meantime, the 2022 Ford Escape PHEV is powered by the Ford 2.5L I-4 iVCT Atkinson-Cycle engine. The 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.