Rumors are swirling that an all-new plug-in hybrid version of the Ford Escape will hit the U.S. auto market in the very near future. The plug-in hybrid Escape was expected to be released for the 2020 model year and even got so far as to be priced and EPA-rated for that model year as of late 2019. Unfortunately, the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 turned the entire auto industry upside down. Faced with the forced closures of many manufacturing plants and car dealerships worldwide as a result of global stay-at-home orders, many auto brands—including Ford—ended up having to delay the releases of some of their eagerly-awaited vehicles. Ford also cited battery safety concerns and a shortage of global semiconductors as additional reasons why the Ford Escape plug-in hybrid was not released for the 2020 model year or in 2020 at all.
As of mid-2021, the auto industry has all but fully recovered from the many challenges the COVID-19 pandemic threw in its way throughout 2020 and even into early 2021. Barring future delays, the Ford Escape hybrid is expected to be released sometime in 2021. Keep reading to learn more about this plug-in hybrid model and what is and is not currently known about its expected upcoming release.
About the Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid
Although it has not yet been released, the Ford Escape hybrid has been in the works for quite a while and many details about this plug-in hybrid version of the popular Ford Escape have already been released.
When it finally hits the U.S. auto market, the Ford Escape hybrid will come equipped with a battery in addition to a 2.5-L four-cylinder engine that produces 209 horsepower. This hybrid model will be available as a front-wheel-drive model only.
The Ford Escape plug-in hybrid will have a battery-only range of approximately 40 miles and come equipped with a fast-charging battery that charges from dead to a full charge in less than 3.5 hours when charged with a 240-volt charger. Plus, this plug-in hybrid will reach more than 40 MPG on the road when its gas-powered engine is engaged.
Currently, three trim levels have been announced for the all-new plug-in hybrid Ford Escape—SE, SEL, and Titanium. The preliminary prices for these trim levels range from just under $34,000 for the base-mode SE trim level to just under $40,000 for the top-tier Titanium trim level.
When Will the Ford Escape Hybrid Be Released in the U.S.?
It is not yet known for sure when the Ford Escape plug-in hybrid model will be released in the United States. Perhaps learning from their past mistakes, Ford has not promised any specific production start or model release dates for the plug-in hybrid Escape.
That being said, a spokesperson from Ford recently announced that they plan to start the production of the plug-in hybrid Escape sometime in 2021 and release it on the U.S. auto market later this same year.
Having been disappointed by premature release dates in the past, many drivers and auto critics remain skeptical that the Escape plug-in hybrid will actually be released and become available for purchase this year. Only time will tell if the Ford Escape plug-in hybrid actually hits the U.S. auto market sometime in 2021.
Where to Buy a Ford Escape Hybrid in Morris, Minnesota
If you are in the market for a hybrid vehicle in or around the city of Morris in Stevens County, Minnesota, consider taking your business to Valu Ford & Chrysler of Morris.
Valu Ford & Chrysler is an official, top-rated Ford and Chrysler dealership that is located in the heart of Morris, MN. This dealership sells one of the broadest selections of new and pre-owned Ford and Chrysler vehicles in all of Stevens County. They are also a full-service dealership that offers maintenance services, repairs, and part replacements for virtually all Ford and Chrysler vehicles.
Once the Ford Escape plug-in hybrid model is released to car dealerships throughout the United States, Valu Ford & Chrysler in Morris, MN, will have this all-new Escape model available as soon as possible.
Keep checking Valu Ford & Chrysler’s blog and website to stay up-to-date with details regarding the expected upcoming release of the Ford Escape plug-in hybrid model in 2021.