Ford Escort Revealed Ahead of Market Launch ... in China
Guangzhou Auto Show will happen later this month, where the visitors will witness the birth of the new Ford Escort. The car will be launched officially market on 20th of January next year and will be strictly distributed in China. The image released by the company didn't show many surprises in terms of exterior changes. Unfortunately, it looks almost like the previous generation, featuring the familiar front grille and typical Ford headlights. The latter we have seen in the Focus.
Inside, the disappointment continues with a dash that looks completely outdated. There is no screen or specific technology to grab our attention. Instead, we find the standard six airbags and a Connect Radio system and a small display on the center console.
In terms of power, the Escort is driven by the 4-cylinder, 1.5-liter Ti-VCT petrol engine. The unit produces 115 horsepower (85 kW) and 142 Nm (105 kW) of maximum torque, and is coupled with either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
The wheel base of the car is measured at 2687mm, while the overall size at 4587/1825/1490mm, for the length, width and height, respectively. The new Ford Escort arrives in China with the sole purpose to replace the current Focus Classic, on which it is also based. The platform underpinning the Escort is called C1 MCA.
Ford Escort will be manufactured locally by the Changan-Ford joint venture. The starting price will be around 90,000 yuan which equals $14,715 USD.