The long-awaited Ford Escape PHEV has finally arrived in Australia, priced from $53,440 plus on-road costs – though a price rise is already slated for July 1.

Serving as Ford’s first of at least five electrified vehicles arriving in Australia before the end of 2024, the first Escape ST-Line PHEVs are being delivered to customers this month, following two years’ worth of delays.

Ford Australia has also confirmed that from July 1, 2022, the Escape ST-Line PHEV’s pricing will increase by $1000 to $54,440 before on-roads. When the current-generation Escape first launched in 2020, the PHEV was priced from $52,940.

Power in the Escape ST-Line PHEV comes from a 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine mated to an electric motor and a 14.4kWh lithium-ion battery. Combined power output is quoted at 167kW.

The Escape plug-in hybrid uses a CVT automatic and drives the front wheels exclusively.

Combined fuel consumption is rated at a frugal 1.5L/100km with an emissions rating of 33g/km of CO2. Ford claims an electric driving range “in excess of 50 kilometres” per charge.

Plug-in rivals include the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Plug-in Hybrid Exceed ($53,990), the MG HS Plus EV Essence ($48,990 drive-away), and the soon-to-be replaced Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid Sport ($50,490). You could also pit the Escape PHEV against the non-plug-in Toyota RAV4 Edge AWD Hybrid ($52,700).

Being based on the ST-Line specification, the plug-in Escape gets:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED headlights
  • LED fog lights
  • LED tail lights
  • ST-Line exterior styling
  • ST-Line exterior styling
  • Paddle shifters
  • Alloy pedals
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (wired)
  • Satellite navigation
  • Wireless phone charging
  • DAB+ digital radio
  • FordPass Connect services
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Ambient lighting
  • Privacy glass
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Heated, power-folding exterior mirrors with puddle lamps
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Remote start

ST-Line PHEV extras include:

  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • 10-speaker premium sound system
  • Partial leather upholstery


ST-Line Pack – $1950

  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • Head-up display
  • Heated front seats
  • Power tailgate

Park Pack – $1500

  • Semi-autonomous parking assist
  • Front camera
  • Door edge guards

Prestige paint – $675

2022 Ford Escape pricing

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

*Escape ST-Line PHEV price will increase to $54,440 from July 1, 2022

Prices exclude on-road costs

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James Wong

James Wong is the Production Editor at CarExpert based in Melbourne, Australia. With experience on both media and manufacturer sides of the industry, James has a specialty for product knowledge which stems from a life-long obsession with cars. James is a Monash University journalism graduate, an avid tennis player, and the proud charity ambassador for Drive Against Depression – an organisation that supports mental wellness through the freedom of driving and the love of cars. He's also the proud father of Freddy, a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI .

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