Escape is becoming one of the best-selling models in Ford’s portfolio. The interest in compact crossovers is growing, so are the sales of the abovementioned vehicle. The company updated the mini SUV for the 2020 season, which is wasted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the crossover is going to stun its buyers sooner or later, with its design and the class-leading mileage. But, the competition will have time to react. Toyota is not wasting time and the Rav4 is getting the PHEV configuration. The 2022 Ford Escape might also get the plug-in hybrid setup to keep pace with the Japanese crossover.

The Blue Oval carmaker will continue to shake things up in the lineup with the upcoming model. The 2022 Ford Escape is going to offer more options, in the base trim level, and on higher-end models. The hybrid version is already available at all versions, including the default setup on the Titanium. Still, there is more room for improvements. First of all, the PHEV is an option. Then, more luxury features might happen in all models. Finally, we look forward seeing self-driving technology.

2022 Ford Escape hybrid

2022 Ford Escape Specifications, Hybrid, MPG

Engineers in the US company are keen on turbocharged units. That is why they choose smaller units with better gas mileage. Still, you can’t call the entry-level version impotent. A 1.5-liter EcoBoost will come with only 3 cylinders, but also 180 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. The system also features the cylinder-deactivation option that shuts down on the clip and improves the gas mileage when you don’t need too much power. That is why the crossover can return up to 30 mpg combined when equipped with the front-wheel drive. An AWD is optional.

If you are looking for more power, then the 2.0-liter turbo-four enhances outputs to 250 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Here, the power is being transferred to all four corners. SEL and Titanium trims are required if you want to upgrade the drivetrain to the turbo-four. The gas mileage stays good, at 23/31 mpg in the city/highway.

Finally, the most impressive move is made by introducing the most efficient hybrid engine in the segment. Ford responded to Toyota Rav4 and 40 mpg with even more miles. The Escape hybrid is going to return 44/37 miles per gallon with the help of the electric battery. Again, the system is available with front- and all-wheel drive. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit is able to produce 200 hp and 155 lb-ft of torque.

For the 2022 Ford Escape, we can expect even higher mileage thanks to the upcoming PHEV system. This is another step to complete electrification. We won’t wait for too long until this happens. Ford is already out with the Mach E and a lot of other projects involving an electric unit.

2022 Ford Escape interior

2022 Ford Escape Packages

Ford is going to keep all the packages from the current edition. However, more options are going to be available for upgrades. Also, features will be reshuffled across the lineup. So, the base 2022 Ford Escape S model won’t stay only with standard accessories. Still, the 1.5-liter engine is the single drivetrain. Meanwhile, we could see a larger touchscreen display and Apple CarPlay as the default service. Drivers will be able to select which mode of ride suits them best.

It will close the gap with the SE package. Nevertheless, this one will still offer keyless entry and heated front seats. Expect more premium features on this trim. It can be also upgraded with the Sport bundle, whose highlight is a hybrid drivetrain. Besides that, the interior will offer a leather steering wheel, a large gauge screen, and unique exterior styling.

The 2022 Ford Escape SEL is a premium model with a hands-free power tailgate and special wheels. Inside, buyers will find memory seats and sport buckets in the front row. Top of the range version packs the most exclusive features. The 2022 Ford Escape Titanium offers the latest Co-Pilot safety package. Parking aid and lane alerts are standard. You can also upgrade it with even more advanced options. Ford adds 19-inch wheels to make the Titanium model easier to recognize. Finally, there are B&O surround sound and two-zone climate control inside the cabin.

2022 Ford Escape

When Will 2022 Ford Escape Be Available?

The arrival of the 2022 Ford Escape depends on a few things. First of all, we must monitor the situation with COVID-19 outburst. Then, fans must wait for designers and engineers to finish the job on the new crossover. The good thing is that the price stays put. The MSRP starts at $25,000 for the S package. The company can’t push it too far because of the tough competition. Still, the Escape Titanium is going to cost around $35,000.

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