The refreshed 2023 Ford Escape debuted back in October, adding an updated exterior appearance and some new tech to the long-running crossover, as well as a revamped trim level lineup. That includes the plug-in hybrid model, which figures to be in high demand for not only its excellent efficiency, but also because the electrified crossover is eligible for the new tax credit that’s part of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 – with an MSRP limit of $55,000. However, those that wish to order a 2023 Ford Escape PHEV will need to do so very soon, as order banks are scheduled to close next week, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority.
2023 Ford Escape PHEV order banks will close at 10pm EST on January 30th, 2023, after which dealers will no longer be able to submit customer retail orders for the electrified crossover. Unlike some other models, however, Ford isn’t guaranteeing that dealers will be able to order this particular model after this cutoff for stock purposes either, depending on current supply chain constraints. Dealers have until February 13th, 2023 at 10pm EST to complete the Customer Order Verification Process as well.
Currently, there is no plan to offer customers whose orders are not filled in the 2023 model year a transition offer for the 2024 model year, and they will instead need to place a new order for a 2024 model, if so desired. However, customers will be able to modify their existing retail orders after order banks have closed.
Supply constraints have impacted 2023 Escape production, as Ford has dropped a handful of options from the lineup already. Those include the hands-free liftgate, which was previously set to be included in the Tech Pack #2 that’s optional on Active, ST-Line Select, and PHEV trims and was also planned to be standard equipment on the ST-Line Elite and Platinum. Additionally, the 2023 Escape lineup will add a total of two different SiriusXM with 360L removal options, as well as two manual key fob options for Base model customers.