Ford Escape is now a completely different vehicle, starting from 2012 and third generation. Beside new more contemporary look, 2015 Ford Escape Hybrid also received new batch of smaller, more fuel-efficient powertrains which was the main reason for hybrid’s discontinuation.
However, markets constantly change and once good fuel economy ratings aren’t that good today. This is why we’ll most likely see another line of Escape hybrids in the future.
Under the Hood
2.5L Atkinson cycle 4-cylinders used to move this compact SUV’s hybrid models in previous generation, but Ford’s desire to upgrade the fuel economy of its vehicles will most likely demand downsized engines. That’s why we’ll most likely see it with 2.0L Atkinson cycle engine and couple of electric motors for a combined output of almost 200 hp and available 4WD.
The real question is when Escape hybrid is going to happen. 2015 year models are presented and hybrid didn’t find its place in the lineup. 2016 brings a mid-cycle refresh and marks a perfect timing for something new. Basically, body structure will remain the same and changes will only be aesthetical. New grille, headlights, bumpers and tail-lights will change Escape enough for it to qualify for a facelift.
Interior, however won’t be changed dramatically, even though there’s still enough time before 2016 year models start rolling.
New color options and some changes in available accents are certainly going to happen, and whether Ford’s gonna move some optional features to standard set, remains to be seen. SYNC with MyFord touch will be available throughout Escape hybrid lineup, and gauge cluster will have Ford’s leaf theme which is mandatory in blue oval’s hybrid models. Panoramic roof might be standard, but will most likely remain optional and so will premium nine speakers. Safety features won’t bring anything new and flashy, but highest hybrid grade will most likely get parking sensors and a rearview camera with available blind-spot monitors and cross-traffic alerts.
2015 Ford Escape Hybrid Price and Fuel Economy
Fuel economy ratings with new smaller engines should hit mid to high thirties mpg on the highway. Commuting numbers will also be improved and could hit high twenties for that matter. As Escape is an affordable vehicle, hybrid models will most likely start from $25,000 or more, but should surpass the most expensive conventional model’s price by a few thousands and head into $30,000 range.
Ford Escape hybrid will return in order for US manufacturer to keep up with its main competitors which all offer them in their compact segment. Fuel economy will be improved thanks to the new downsized engine compared to the old model, while everything else will be shared with rest of the conventional model lineup.