As Ford Authority reported earlier this week, one component of Ford’s new tentative contract agreement with the United Auto Workers (UAW) – which ended the union’s six-week-long strike against the automaker – is a major, $8 billion dollar investment in current and future products. However, this roadmap is far more interesting that that, providing us with some clues as to what the future holds for certain Blue Oval models. As it turns out, things don’t look so good for the Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair.
The roadmap seen here notes that the Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair will continue to be produced at the Louisville Assembly plant through the “planned product lifecycle” of each, after which an “all new EV product will be added” as the automaker invests $1.2 billion in that facility. The new Ford and UAW contract is set to run through the end of April 2028, so it’s possible that production for each of these models could likely end at some point before that date, too.
Of course ,this doesn’t necessarily mean that the Escape and Corsair nameplates are going away completely in North America – rather, it could just simply mean that Louisville will stop producing each before 2028. The Escape and Corsair are currently produced in China by Changan Ford, and the Escape is also built at the Valencia Assembly plant in Spain and sold under the Kuga nameplate.
Regardless, the proverbial writing on the wall for the Escape has been there for some time now, dating back to June 2022, when Ford CEO Jim Farley stated indirectly that the crossover was facing cancellation and noted that the automaker intends to get out of the two-row ICE crossover market. Then, last December, a report surfaced indicating that the Escape will live on as a new all-electric model, as this roadmap alludes. As for the Corsair, it’s worth noting that the luxurious counterpart of this duo may follow the direction of the Lincoln Nautilus, which is no longer built at the Oakville Assembly plant in Canada, but rather, production of the redesigned 2024 model will now take place at the Changan Ford Hangzhou Assembly plant in China, and it’s set to be imported into the U.S. and sold there.