The Ford Escort was discontinued in both Europe and North America after the 2002 model year, but is still alive and in good shape in China, where it has been for sale since 2015. There the Escort is based on the Ford Focus built in China and drives on the Ford C1 platform. Now the 2021 Ford Escort has made its debut in China with a number of styling improvements and technical updates that help modernize the compact sedan for this market.
Externally, the 2021 Ford Escort has received a number of front and rear updates mimicking other newly updated Blue Oval products in the area, including the Territory and the 2021 Ford Equator, as well as the recently spied leaked Ford Fusion / Mondeo Active. That means smaller headlights with sleek LED daytime running lights, a large oval grille and sharply shaped taillights with a chrome rod connecting them.
The interior of the 2021 Ford Escort is quite luxurious and of a high quality, similar to the equator. There’s a large, landscape-oriented digital instrument cluster and infotainment screen in the center stack, just like in the Equator, though it measures 10.25 inches versus 12.3 inches in the SUV. The interior also features a rich two-tone color scheme, in this case black and brown.
The 2021 Escort is powered by Ford’s 1.5-liter naturally aspirated engine, which develops 122 hp and sends it to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Wheel options include standard 15-inch or optional 16-inch models, while the Escort is slightly smaller than the current fourth-generation Focus available in other parts of the world.
In China, the Escort is below the Focus, the newly redesigned Mondeo and the flagship Taurus sedan in Ford’s lineup.
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