After spotting multiple 2023 Ford Escape prototypes covered in heavy camo, Ford Authority spies most recently came across another, completely uncovered version of the refreshed crossover that wound up giving us our first look at the new Escape ST-Line, which we confirmed just yesterday thanks to a new prototype spotted wearing ST-Line badging. One thing we haven’t seen, however, is a 2023 Ford Escape PHEV prototype, but a very interesting post at Solution Ford’s website seems to have leaked the electrified crossover ahead of its official reveal.
The dealer – which is located in Châteauguay, a suburb of Montreal in Quebec, Canada – posted a couple of “non-official” photos of what it purports to be the 2023 Ford Escape PHEV, along with some information about the forthcoming model. According to the dealership, the refreshed plug-in hybrid will come equipped with many of the same features as the current model, which isn’t a huge surprise, given the fact that the 2023 Escape represents a refresh and not a complete redesign.
According to the post, the 2023 Escape PHEV will be powered by the Ford 2.5L inline-four cylinder Atkinson cycle IVCT engine, along with a 95 kW electric motor, and can be fully charged in 11 hours on a regular 110-volt outlet or 5 hours using a 240-volt outlet. Fuel consumption is said to come in at 5.8L per 100 kilometers, while three selectable drive modes are available – Normal, Eco, Sport, and Slippery.
Otherwise, the post doesn’t really reveal any new information about the forthcoming Escape PHEV, though it does say that it will come standard with SYNC 3. Given the fact that Ford is implementing SYNC 4 into its new vehicles at a rapid rate, it’s unclear if that will actually be the case, though we do know that the refreshed Escape will tout a larger infotainment screen, as Ford Authority reported back in November of 2021. Regardless, we’ll know more about the 2023 Escape soon, as order banks for the refreshed crossover are scheduled to open up this September, as Ford Authority reported back in June.