Developed by a team working across Ford’s global operations, including its Australian design and engineering arm, the new sedan is destined for the Chinese market.
It is believed however that the new Escort will be built on an older existing Ford platform in a bid to keep development and production costs down.
Designed for the sedan-hungry Chinese market, where rear comfort is a major priority, the Escort is expected to measure around around 150 to 200mm longer than the Focus sedan.
The latest evolution of Ford’s ‘Kinetic’ styling language will feature, and recent patent application renderings reveal that the new model will keep much of the earlier concept’s look.
Production of the new Escort is expected to begin in China later this year, and an Indian market debut is also reported to be on the cards.
Watch for more details on the new Escort to come in Beijing next week.