The ‘Ford Escort’ has been long forgotten everywhere, but in China, the name has been revived as a 4-door compact sedan since 2014. At Ford’s Go Further event in Chongqing, the company unveiled the updated Escort along with the new Focus hatchback.
First introduced in December 2014, the Escort has been extremely well-received by Chinese consumers since its launch, with over 800,000 units sold. Ford said that they’ve listened to the feedback from both existing and potential customers in developing and improving the new Escort.
The restyled exterior design gets High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with integrated C-shaped LED Daytime Running Lights that is matched against a chrome outer bezel. At the rear, the LED tail lamp design extends into the deck lid. Rounding off the looks are an available 17-inch wheels and a shark fin antenna.
Inside, the new Escort introduces an Urban Grey and Domino black two-tone color scheme for a fresh and contemporary feel. A new instrument cluster along with high gloss finishes and satin aluminum accents lift up the Escort’s cabin ambience.
Other features include auto on/off headlamps, keyless entry and push button start, power memory seats and mirror, 8-inch infotainment, automatic rain sensing wipers and rear view camera.
Under the hood, customers can choose from two new engine options with a fuel saving stop/start system: the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine available on the Escort for the first time, and a new 1.5-liter Ti-VCT engine which according to Ford, delivers up to 16 percent greater fuel efficiency over the current model.
Both engines can be paired with either a 6-speed SelectShift automatic, or a new 6-speed manual transmission.
The new Escort features a high-strength steel construction. Other safety features include 6 airbags, ESC and Tire Pressure Monitoring System. The outgoing Escort has garnered a full five-star safety rating in the C-NCAP crash test assessment program.