Sales of the Plug-in hybrid Ford Escape have been delayed for over a year
The more luxurious Lincoln Corsair is now also available in PHEV form
Base price for the Escape PHEV is $39,744 in Canada and $34,320 in the US
When Ford introduced the new generation of its Escape compact SUV for the 2020 model year, a plug-in hybrid version was announced for a later introduction.
This introduction was then delayed by over a year due to a recall in Europe of the Kuga plug-in hybrid over a risk of fire.
Nevertheless, the wait is now over as Escape PHEVs are reaching showrooms across North America this week, about seven days after the more luxurious version of the Escape PHEV, the Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring.
Both the Escape PHEV and the Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring are powered by a 2.5L 4 cylinder engine paired with an electric motor that is powered by a 14.4 kWh battery. This setup gives the SUV 200 horsepower reaching the pavement through the front wheels and an all-electric range of 37 miles (60 kilometers).
The Ford is available in three trim levels, SE, SEL and Titanium, while the Lincoln Corsair comes fully equipped from the get-go. The Escape also features a regular hybrid powertrain that uses the same mechanical elements, but paired with a smaller battery that doesn’t provide a big electric range.
The Lincoln adds a second electric motor on the rear axle to provide All-Wheel Drive and an increase in power up to 266 horses. On the other hand, the electric range is affected by the additional motor and weight, thus the Lincoln only manages 28 miles (45 kilometers) of pure electric driving.
The Corsair Grand Touring starts at $60,795 in Canada and $51,485 in the United States. Both models are eligible for some government incentives.