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Ford delaying launch of Escape PHEV and Lincoln Corsair Touring over fire risk

Ford delaying launch of Escape PHEV and Lincoln Corsair Touring over fire risk

The upcoming plug-in hybrids from Ford and Lincoln have apparently been delayed while the automaker investigates reports of vehicle fires in Europe. The Ford Kuga is a European crossover that was released earlier this year and there have been reports of a fire risk with the battery.

The Ford Escape PHEV and Lincoln Corsair Touring will both begin manufacture in 2021 instead of this year while the matter is investigated

“We are moving full scale production of Escape PHEV to the 2021 model year,” a Ford spokesman said, adding the company is working with its suppliers to address the issue.

These are only reports of fire risk and as far as we know, nobody has been injured. However, Ford is being careful and wants to ensure there is zero risk before launching new cars that use the same setup.

Both the Escape and Corsair use the same engine and drivetrain as the European Kuga. That’s a 2.5-litre four cylinder with electric motor and 14.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

The issue with the Kuga appears to be a fault permitting its battery packs to vent gas which could theoretically overheat and catch fire.

Ford obviously thinks it’s too much of a risk to launch new vehicles based on this system, hence the delay.

Ford Escape PHEV

The Ford Escape PHEV is part of the Blue Oval’s plan to electrify as many vehicles as possible while still leaving options for those who don’t want to switch just yet.

That engine and battery combination provides up to 37 miles of EV-only range with an MPGe rating of 100.

It’s a good looking vehicle from what we have seen. It will come with heated driver’s seat, LED headlights and taillights, 6.0 or 12.3 inch touchscreen, hands-free power tailgate, panoramic moonroof, 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio, wireless charging, leather upholstery and a ton of safety equipment depending on what trim level you go for.

The Escape can also be specified with adaptive cruise control and lane centring, evasive steering assist and a voice activated navigation system.

As this is Ford, we expect materials quality and finishing to be top notch. The design looks very modern with nice lines and some attractive wheels. Combine that with a quality interior and lots of features and as long as the price is sensible, it should be a winner.

We now have slightly longer to wait than we thought but it’s definitely coming. Visit Northway Ford Lincoln, 388 King George Road Brantford ON N3S 3N2 to learn more.

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