The new 2016 Ford Escape Hybrid is said to be available in both plug-in hybrid and hybrid model variants. The Escape was formerly boxier during the presentation of its second generation. With the generation shift, the boxy look of the American made compact crossover utility vehicle has been discontinued. The latest offering of the vehicle is being offered exclusively with engines that are internal combustion. The 2016 model will be a refreshed version just as many of the vehicles within the Ford lineup.
2016 Ford Escape Hybrid Engine Specs
Currently, the Escape offers consumers with fuel efficient power train options. For this reason, there are a number of experts within the industry that believe that the emergence of hybrid power train options are not necessary for this particular vehicle. They tend to not take into consideration that the turbo four 1.6 liter engine does not offer the efficiency figures of the hybrid models. The base engine option of the crossover vehicle is that of a four cylinder, naturally aspirating 2.5 liter engine. Also available within the lineup will be an Atkinson cycle AC 2.5 liter four cylinder power unit that will be coupled with an electric motor that delivers upwards of 100 horsepower.
The 2016 Ford Escape Hybrid has an impressive fuel economy that has been rated at 34 mpg in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway due to its hybrid power train.
2016 Ford Escape Hybrid Exterior and Interior
The new 2016 Ford Escape Hybrid has been prepped for a facelift and not a complete overhaul. This is more of a mid-cycle refresh that will be best described as incredibly mild. The largest alteration that has been reserved for the currently bland front fascia. The front will become more proportionate as the upper airdam will be resized. Consumers should expect a minor handful of changes within the compact crossover’s tailgate. Additionally the exterior styling will borrow different tail lights as well as new chrome garnish.
The interior of the 2016 Ford Escape Hybrid will receive refurbishing accordingly. The cabin materials will remain the same as those utilized within the outgoing models. This means that the base model will be outfitted with cloth seating, while the top trim levels of the line will receive leather seating. Also remaining unaltered within the cabin is the vehicle’s futuristic dash layout. Consumers will be introduced to new color options as well as new graphics. Each hybrid that leave the factory will find itself equipped with the highly successful smart gauge with EcoGuide.
The top trim levels of the compact crossover vehicle will continue to benefit from options that are quite luxurious and include: ambient lighting, a Sony sound system as well as leather wrapped surfaces. As far a safety, the Ford Escape offers a great deal of features as a measure of keeping both the driver and their passengers safe. Some of the features include cross traffic alerts, blind spot monitor, rear and front parking assist and a rearview camera.
2016 Ford Escape Hybrid Price and Release Date
There is a great amount of chatter that indicates that the base trim level of the 2016 Escape will not be offered with a hybrid power train at all. According to this chatter, the hybrid power options will be available only within the Titanium or SE versions. With that being said, the pricing for the 2016 Ford Escape Hybrid will cost consumers on average $35,000.