The 2018 Ford Escape Hybrid features a number of revisions which make the model attractive enough to compete with top-rated SUVs. Significant additions to this model include optional all-wheel drive, high fuel economy, and increased cargo space.
The 2018 Escape is available in S, SE, SEL and Titanium models which are differentiated by their trim levels. Each model has adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning as well as automatic lighting, braking, and wipers. The S model is the most basic model while Titanium is the most sophisticated – with more powerful features and engines.
2018 Ford Escape Hybrid – Significant Changes
The inside of the 2018 Ford Escape Hybrid is made from high-quality material, although the overall layout is almost similar to the 2014 model. The steering wheel, center console, and air conditioning are highly customized for improved access and functionality. The leather seats are also highly spaced to create more passenger space. Safety has been improved using more cameras, alarms and parking sensors. A more responsive infotainment system which features Android and Apple Carplay compatibility is also installed.
Only a few exterior features of the 2018 Ford Escape Hybrid have slightly changed to create a unique appearance. The LED lights have been also redesigned to include some circular components and the front part has a more pronounced grille with highlighted air ducts. The back of the 2018 Escape retains the same shape except for the sharp edges.
2018 Ford Escape Hybrid – Engine Specifications
Another powerful addition to this model is its hybrid engine. The 2018 Ford Escape benefits from a trio of engine options and Hybrid, each tied to specific trim levels powered using a 6-speed automatic transmission. Furthermore, the S model utilizes a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine that produces a power of 168 horsepower. It has a fuel economy of 21 mpg and 29 mpg in the city and highway respectively. The S model features front wheel drive capabilities only.
The SE and SEL models utilize a standard 1.5-liter inline-4. This engine provides 179 horsepower and a torque of 177 lb-ft. It has both front wheel and optional all-wheel drive capabilities. The engine gives this model a fuel economy of 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway for a model with front-wheel drive. For the model with all-wheels, it gets 22 mpg /28 mpg.
However, the Titanium trim model combines all the SEL features with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine which generates 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. It has a fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway for a model with front-wheel drive and 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway for a model with all-wheel drive.
According to some rumors, the new model 2018 Ford Escape Hybrid will be powered by a 2.0-liter engine which will be connected to the electric motor. It will have a max output of 180 hp.
2018 Ford Escape Hybrid – MSRP and Release Date
The 2018 Escape’s Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price is $24,845 for the S model. However, the SE model has a starting price of $26,600 and the SEL starts at $29,900. Titanium models start from $33,000. As for the Hybrid variant, the manufacturer is not yet reviled price. The release date is expected at the end of 2018.