Electric cars and hybrids are the future of automobile industry without any doubt. However, Tesla proved that the future is actually here and forced most of the carmakers to change their philosophy right away. Ford, for example, has decided to develop and produce 13 new electrified models by 2020. These are great news, especially when we know that the electric and plug-in hybrid fleet includes some high-riding models. One of the first models which will suffer some serious electrification is the 2019 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid. The crossover should be introduced in the second half of 2018 and here’s what we know so far:
The 2019 Escape Plug-In Hybrid will reportedly host pretty much the same powertrain as the Fusion. The system combines a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine with a 118-hp electric motor. Altogether, the system delivers 195 horsepower. The electric motor is mated to a 7.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which pickups some power via regenerative braking. The idea is fine, though the crossover should host a few improvements. For instance, Blue Oval could add a bit larger battery to improve car’s electric-only driving range. Plus, it’s always good to have more ponies, so why would not the Escape Plug-In Hybrid have at least 200-hp strong powertrain?
What Else Could Be Changed
The exterior design of the electrified SUV should not differ too much from the regular gasoline model. Moreover, aside from a few small reworks in the ends, the 2019 Ford Escape Plug-In will look pretty much the same as the current model. The interior, on the other hand, will definitely feature an updated infotainment and a few additional driving aids. Ford will add at least one or two color options for the interior and as many exterior paints.
Escape Won’t Come Alone
The 2019 Escape PHEV isn’t going to be alone. Ford will allegedly add plug-in hybrid versions of the Explorer, Focus, and Transit before the end of the next year.