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2021 Ford Escape to launch with driveaway pricing! New Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 rival due soon with virtual 'desk drives' available

The new Escape line-up will start entering showrooms in November.

Ford Australia will kick off the new-generation Escape’s launch next month with sharp driveaway pricing, while virtual ‘desk drives’ will also be available for the mid-size SUV.

The Escape’s pricing before on-road costs and full specification details were announced in February (see story link below), with the entry-level EcoBoost FWD variant checking in from $35,990, while the mid-range ST-Line EcoBoost FWD and ST-Line EcoBoost AWD come in at $37,990 and $40,990 respectively.

That said, those three variants will get driveaway pricing for a limited time, with the EcoBoost FWD ($36,490), ST-Line EcoBoost FWD ($38,990) and ST-Line EcoBoost AWD ($41,990) all getting sharp deals.

The other members of the Escape line-up won’t have driveaway pricing offers, with the ST-Line PHEV AWD ($52,490), Vignale EcoBoost FWD ($46,590) and Vignale EcoBoost AWD ($49,590) sticking to their pricing before on-road costs.

However, $500 will be knocked off the price of the Escape for buyers who purchase their example after conducting an in-person test drive before the end of this year.

At the same time, though, Ford Australia is planning virtual ‘desk drives’ for the Escape from mid-November, with potential buyers able to view a live walkaround of the new Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 rival via the company’s Facebook page.

Ford Australia president and CEO Andrew Birkic said: “The all-new Escape is an exceptional SUV, and we can’t wait for its arrival in Australia. Escape brings advanced safety and driver-assistance technology, including FordPass Connect, paired with effortless style, simplicity and practicality.”