Last October – which looks like five minutes and five years ago – Ford had to push the Escape PHEV sales date back to this year. The heist came about because Ford had to recall the Escape’s European twin, the Kuga PHEV, due to a fire hazard that allegedly centered on the high-voltage battery. At the time, a Ford spokesperson said, “We are moving full-scale production of the Escape PHEV to the 2021 model year. The first Escape PHEVs will be sold next year. With just three months left in 2021, a Ford spokesperson confirmed Ford Authority that the Escape PHEV finally hit dealer lots.
The end of the Escape PHEV’s long, winding road comes about a week after the Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring reaches dealerships. The compact luxury plug-in hybrid debuted at the 2019 LA Auto Show and was slated to go on sale in the summer of last year. But because it uses the same powertrain as in the Escape, Ford also had to delay the Lincoln.
Now that you can finally buy them, here’s the quick recap. Both start with a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter in-line 4-cylinder and electric motor powering the front wheels, and a 14.4 kWh battery providing juice. The Escape puts out 200 horsepower, can go 37 miles in all-electric driving, is rated by the EPA at 105 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe), and returns a total of 40 mpg if the battery is dead. It starts at $ 34,320 before incentives.
The Lincoln adds an electric motor with a single-speed transmission to power the rear wheels, as Toyota has done with the all-wheel-drive Prius, RAV4 Hybrid, and Lexus UX250h. The Lincoln’s output is 266 ponies, it travels 28 miles in pure electric driving, is rated by the EPA at 78 MPGe, and returns a total of 33 mpg on gasoline alone. It starts at $ 51,485 before incentives.
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