Frugal new Ford Escape Hybrid revealed

Conventional self-charging hybrid rival for Toyota RAV4 could come to Australia

Ford Australia is considering the case for a conventional self-charging hybrid version of the all-new Ford Escape, following the mid-size SUV’s launch earlier this month with regular engine variants.

Presented in Europe this week, where it is sold as the Ford Kuga Hybrid, the petrol-electric Escape would be a welcome addition to the Australian range considering plans to introduce a more sophisticated plug-in hybrid version at launch were scuttled and timing pushed back by at least 12 months in the wake of battery fires overseas that prompted a stop-sale of the PHEV.

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