Ford Australia is because the case for a accepted self-charging amalgam adaptation of the all-new Ford Escape, afterward the mid-size SUV’s barrage beforehand this ages with approved agent variants.
Presented in Europe this week, area it is awash as the Ford Kuga Hybrid, the petrol-electric Escape would be a acceptable accession to the Australian ambit because affairs to acquaint a added adult constituent amalgam adaptation at barrage were scuttled and timing pushed aback by at atomic 12 months in the deathwatch of array fires across that prompted a stop-sale of the PHEV.
Toyota has additionally accepted there is able appeal for hybrids in this segment, accepting a huge acknowledgment to its RAV4 Amalgam that was Australia’s top-selling agent bar none in August.
A Ford Australia agent told carsales there were no bounded affairs for the Escape/Kuga Amalgam “to allotment today” but that its barrage actuality couldn’t be disqualified out, advertence that the aperture is able-bodied and absolutely accessible for the economical archetypal which sips ammunition at a low amount of aloof 5.1L/100km.
“We consistently attending to the best of our all-around portfolio for cartage that clothing the arising needs of Australian customers,” the agent added.
The Australian-spec Ford Escape PHEV set bottomward for barrage was based on the adventurous mid-grade ST-Line and priced from $52,490 additional on-road costs – a whopping $11,950 added than the agnate petrol-engined version.
The new plug-less series-parallel amalgam adaptation should be a abundant added affordable proposition, potentially analogous Toyota’s RAV4 appraisement anatomy that sees the amalgam powertrain with a exceptional of alone about $2300.
The new Ford Escape Amalgam is powered by a 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder petrol agent that combines with a baby electric motor and a 1.1kWh lithium-ion battery.
This compares to the PHEV’s 14.4kWh array which affords a circa-50km EV canoeing range.
The fuel-efficient self-charging archetypal has a accumulated ability achievement of 140kW, which is bottomward on the Escape PHEV’s 167kW, and won’t be able to drive far on pure-electric power.
Instead, the electric motor will advice abate ammunition burning by acceptable dispatch and demography amount off the petrol engine.
Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions are accessible in Europe, with dispatch from 0-100km/h at 9.1 seconds.
As able-bodied as its 5.1L/100km ammunition burning claim, the Escape Amalgam emits CO2 at a amount of 118g/km, which is agnate to the achievement of abundant abate agitation engines.
The Ford Escape Amalgam comes in several altered trim levels in Europe, and if it does get the blooming ablaze for Australia it should be offered with the accepted Escape accepted appearance including an 8.0-inch touch-screen with Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system, wireless buzz charging, alien agent operation via smartphone (FordPass Connect), a abandoning camera, and LED headlights and tail-lights.
Apart from the Toyota RAV4, the alone added amalgam mid-size SUVs on the bazaar in Australia at present are the Subaru Forester Amalgam and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
The abutting Hyundai Tucson and Nissan X-TRAIL due in 2021 and 2022 appropriately are amid added models that attending set to accompany the fray.