They shut down a plant for a week that produces the Escapes.That's the reason for the delay.
This is literally what is happening to everyone, I feel your pain.As of exactly a month ago, was scheduled for next week. Actually scheduled for a specific day and not just the week, though the day did move around.
Only a week before it was supposed to finally get built, it got kicked out of the last week before the July 4 holiday shutdown, so now it won't be built before July 18.
Total of 7 delays of 9 weeks so far. Will end up being over 6.5 months from order to build, if it ever gets built before end of MY 2022. Kinda becoming a running joke.
If the car is missing the sensor, the window sticker will show it removed.New information from BlueOval as of June 13th..
- Due to the global semiconductor shortage, customers taking delivery of some Escape, Explorer and Expedition vehicles including Hands-Free Power Liftgate must be informed that these vehicles are not equipped with the Hands-Free Power Liftgate, which provides the capability to open and close the power liftgate using a foot-activated sensor as the feature is not available. Note: The Power Liftgate remains equipped on these vehicles.
- Hands-Free Power Liftgate feature is being deleted from applicable Escape, Explorer and Expedition vehicles. The Power Liftgate remains equipped on these vehicles.
- A $55 MSRP credit will be applied to any vehicles that have had this feature removed.
My interpretation is that the sensor to activate the handsfree is a major supply problem and they are giving up on it.
My order included the SEL Technology package 86D (with hands free, foot activated rear hatch and the tow hitch. So perhaps that will break the cycle of delays.
I have no idea what the priority was for the order. How do you find that out?Thanks to JLTorres for another data point. SEKSYEscapist and I have ordered SEL Hybrid AWD and it is taking 24 weeks to build (and climbing). You ordered a SEL Hybrid FWD in March and it took 12 weeks to build. You could add 3 weeks to that because they put it back into production. So, perhaps AWD is a commodity that is in short supply. Only other variable is if your dealer gave your order priority. SEK and I are both retail order priority 19, the lowest on a number scheme of 10 to 19. Do you know if your order priority was a 10 or 11 or 12?