Back in June – prior to the debut of the refreshed 2023 Ford Escape – Blue Oval CEO Jim Farley indirectly hinted that the crossover was facing cancellation as the automaker shifts its focus from commodity products to passion brands. However, it seems as if the Ford Escape may in fact stick around for another generation – albeit as an all-electric vehicle – according to a future product roadmap recently released by AutoForecast Solutions.
The current-gen Ford Escape is reportedly set to be produced through December 24th, 2025, before it returns as an EV that is slated to enter production on January 5th, 2026. According to the roadmap, the Escape EV will still be produced at the Louisville Assembly plant where the ICE model is currently built, but will share FoMoCo’s new GE2.1 dedicated EV platform with the next-gen Ford Mustang Mach-E, Mach-E coupe, Ford Explorer, and Lincoln Aviator EVs – the latter two of which won’t be built at the Chicago Assembly plant alongside the ICE versions, but rather, at the Oakville Assembly plant in Canada.
What’s particularly interesting about this development – aside from the fact that the Escape will apparently live on as a fully-electric vehicle – is that its platform mate, the Lincoln Corsair, is not included on this roadmap, meaning that its future is unclear at the moment, at the very least.
Farley previously said that future Ford EVs won’t simply be all-electric versions of their ICE counterparts, so it stands to reason that the automaker’s second-gen models – which will be profitable, according to The Blue Oval – will look a bit different. The automaker’s next EV will reportedly be an “Explorer-like” vehicle as well, which could mean the Explorer EV or something entirely different, albeit a similarly-sized or styled crossover of some sort.