Ford Escape PHEV has finally entered the electrification battle

Ford Escape PHEV – Ford Australia has finally entered the electrification battle. They have just released a Plug-in Hybrid Electric vehicle (PHEV) version for their Escape medium sized SUV.

Ford Escape PHEV

The Escape PHEV has a  2.5L four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle petrol engine, electric motor, and generator with a 14.4kWh lithium-ion battery, for a combined 167kW of power.

With a rated combined fuel economy figure of 1.5L/100km and 33g/km of CO2 and should deliver at least 50 kilometres in pure electric driving mode.

Ford plans to have at five electrified vehicles in Australia before the end of 2024

Drivers can choose when and how to deploy battery power using four different modes: EV Auto, EV Now, EV Later and EV Charge.

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This Escape has come onto the market at a price, before on-road costs of $53,440 but on 1st July it will increase by $1,000.

So far in this disrupted year, the Escape is only in 12th place in the category for vehicles that are, in the main, below $60,000.

The Toyota RAV4 currently outsells the Ford by 25 to one.

So far in this disrupted year, the Escape is only in 12th place in the category for vehicles that are, in the main, below $60,000, way behind the class leader, the Toyota RAV 4 sales of which have been dominated by hybrid vehicles. The RAV4 currently outsells the Ford by 25 to one.

In fact, there are 6 prestige medium SUVS that have sold more than the Escape starting with the BMW X3 and including the Porsche Macan.

When the vehicle is in EV Now mode, and the battery reaches its lowest state-of-charge, Escape PHEV will automatically revert to EV Auto mode, supplementing the petrol engine power with electric motor assistance.

So far in this disrupted year, the Escape is only in 12th place in the category for vehicles that are, in the main, below $60,000, way behind the class leader, the Toyota RAV 4 sales of which have been dominated by hybrid vehicles. The RAV4 currently outsells the Ford by 25 to one.

In fact, there are 6 prestige medium SUVS that have sold more than the Escape starting with the BMW X3 and including the Porsche Macan.

Fuel consumption and emissions as per ADR 81/02 (combined cycle)

Actual range will depend on many factors including the driver’s habits, prevailing conditions and the vehicle’s equipment, condition and use.

Options MLP*:

Options MLP* ST-Line PHEV
ST-Line Pack $1,950 ü
Park Pack $1,500 ü
Prestige Paint $675 ü

* Recommended MLP only. The offer price of any vehicle or option is entirely at the discretion of the Dealer. Prices shown exclude Dealer delivery and statutory charges.

ST-Line Pack: Hands-Free Power Tailgate, Front Heated Seats, LED Glare Free Headlamps and Heads Up Display

Park Pack: Enhanced Active Park Assist, Front Camera, Door Edge Guards

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