The Ford Escort continues to exist: it is a successful affordable sedan, but only for China
By: Fedora Atjeh | April 27, 2018
|The Ford Escort continues to exist: it is a successful affordable sedan, but only for China|
If you thought that the Ford Escort disappeared in its sixth generation, in the middle of the two thousand years, we are sorry to tell you that you are wrong. In fact, there is a seventh generation since 2013, although it is true that it is not sold in the West, since it is an exclusive model for China (what a surprise!).
Now, on the occasion of the Beijing Motor Show, the American manufacturer has presented the new Ford Escort, an affordable four-door sedan manufactured on Ford's global platform for medium cars, which will be sold only in the Asian giant and has features of some of his brothers, like the Ford Focus or the Ford Fiesta.
And it is not a cheap saloon of the bunch, but one that promises space, practicality and efficiency, which has been quite successful in China since its launch in December 2014, with more than 800,000 units sold.
A success in China, simple and affordable
To improve its offer and attract even more young customers and families, the Ford Escort 2018 proposes a more interesting design than the previous one and a more premium aspect, in the words of Ford. On the front, the typical grille of the brand, as well as xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, while in the rear pilots also use LED technology. The tires, meanwhile, are 17 inches.
In the interior the upholstery is now in two colors, in Urban gray and Domino black, along with decorative moldings with glossy finishes or satin aluminum. In addition, it sports an instrument panel with three clocks -with the central one as the protagonist, bigger- and the dashboard has an 8-inch touch screen for the multimedia system.
Under the hood of the Ford Escort 2018 for China is the well-known 1.0-liter EcoBoost tricilíndrico and, for the first time, also the new 1.5-liter Ti-VCT, an atmospheric four-cylinder gasoline. Although power figures have not been announced, it is known that they will be combined either with a six-speed manual gearbox or with the SelecShift automatic, also with six gears.
With regard to safety, the Escort includes six arbags, stability control or tire pressure monitoring system, although there is no talk of advanced assistance systems such as those already incorporated by all models of the brand in Europe. .
Finally, the standard equipment includes, for example, electric folding mirrors, electric adjustment seats with memories, reversing camera, light and rain sensors, electrochromic interior mirror or keyless access and start, for example.