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Ford Escape Hybrid 2022: plug-in hybrid arrives in Australia


With the launch of the Escape PHEV, Chasing Cars breaks down the entire model lineup for 2022

The Ford Escape range has now expanded to include the ST-Line PHEV model which starts at $53,440 before on-road costs. 

If you are after something at a lower price point, the Escape range kicks off at $36,490 for the front-wheel drive Escape automatic. A higher spec Vignale trim starts from $47,090 before on-road costs.

The Ford Escape competes with other mid-size SUVs including the Toyota RAV4, MG ZS, Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage.

You can read a review on the new Ford Escape plug-in hybrid here.  

The Ford Escape is a plug-in hybrid which means you can charge it from home

Powertrains and performance

The Ford Escape, ST-Line and Vignale models all use a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder Ecoboost engine producing 183kW of power and 387Nm of torque

The new PHEV model uses a non-turbo 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine with electric motor and produces a combined output of 167kW. Ford claims a 56km pure electric range thanks to a 14.4kWh battery.

The 2.0-litre unit is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission powering the wheels by means of front- or all-wheel drive. The new PHEV is only offered in FWD.

Ford Escape ST-Line PHEV 2022-16
8.0-inch touchscreen shows all the useful information you will need

Standard features for the Ford Escape 

Standard equipment on the base Escape model includes a 12.3-inch digital driver cluster, 8.0-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker sound system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, satellite navigation, wireless charging and both USB A and C connections. 

Keyless entry, LED headlights and taillights and 18-inch alloy wheels are also standard. 

Additional features on the higher ST-Line variants include alloy sport pedals, artificial leather sports steering wheel, power tailgate, dual exhaust system, rear spoiler, black roof rails and unique ST-Line 18-inch wheels. 

The Ford Escape is available in ST-Line, Vignale and PHEV models

The Vignale adds a ten-speaker sound system, head-up display, privacy glass, panoramic sunroof, silver roof rails, 19-inch alloy wheels (or 20-inch alloys as an option) and a 10-way power adjustable driver seat.

Safety for the Ford Escape

Standard safety technology across the entire range includes adaptive cruise control, AEB with pedestrian protection, a driver impairment monitor, hill hold and hill launch assist, lane keeping assist, front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, rear cross traffic alert, traffic jam assist, traffic sign recognition and tyre pressure monitoring.

Ford Escape ST-Line PHEV 2022-18
The driver cluster is 12.3-inch in size

On the Vignale models you also gain advanced auto parking assist and a front camera to assist in tight spots. 

Driver and front passenger, front side and front curtain and rear-side curtain airbags are standard across the Escape range. 

Ford Escape 2022: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • Escape FWD auto: $36,490
  • Escape ST-Line FWD auto: $38,490
  • Escape ST-Line AWD auto: $41,490
  • Escape Vignale FWD auto: $47,090
  • Escape Vignale AWD auto: $50,090
  • Escape ST-Line PHEV FWD auto: $53,440