Built by the Changan Ford joint venture using Ford’s global C-car platform, the Escort is one of the 15 new Ford models promised for the Chinese market by 2015.
The Ford Asia Pacific design team in Australia worked together with Ford’s Research and Engineering Center in Nanjing to design the Escort, with styling following the One Ford ‘global design language’.
“The Ford Escort offers a premium aesthetic without sacrificing important features like rear-seat space and practicality for everyday use,” Ford Asia Pacific designer, Andrew Collinson, said.
“Combining our global strength and local expertise, we’ve created a compact sedan that defies expectations for this segment with a clean, harmonious and sophisticated design.”
The Escort name was first revived on a concept at last year’s Shanghai Auto Show, with the concept’s styling – and the famous badge – carrying over to the road-going version.
Power comes from a 1.5 litre four-cylinder engine which Ford says “offers smooth power delivery and high efficiency”; although neither power nor fuel figures have been released at this stage.
Ford does tell us that the Escort is equipped with electronic power steering and advanced battery technology to reduce fuel consumption.
Inside, the Escort gets six airbags, Bluetooth and a ‘Device Dock’ for mobile phones, MP3 players or sat-nav systems.