The longtime escort name died in Europe in 2002 and North America a year later when Ford released the original Focus. In 2014, the Blue Oval dusted off the legendary nickname for a Chinese small sedan based on the second-generation Focus. It was then updated in 2018, and now a more thorough facelift is being rolled out in the People’s Republic.
It’s still an old focus under the skin, but Ford went to great lengths to refresh the styling. Other significant changes have occurred in the cabin where the CN spec Escort receives two fully digital screens, as seen on the recently launched three-row Equator SUV. They’re a bit smaller here – 10.25 inches instead of 12.3 inches – but exude the same Mercedes-esque vibe.
The new old Escort is 4.63 meters long, 1.82 meters wide and 1.49 meters high and has a wheelbase of 2.68 meters. This makes it slightly smaller than the fourth generation Focus sedan available in select European markets and other parts of the world.
Under the bonnet, a 1.5-liter gasoline engine with a naturally aspirated engine transmits 122 hp to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Speaking of wheels, buyers can choose from either a standard 15-inch set or optional 16-inch alloys for the higher trim levels. Overall, the 2021 Escort manages to hide its old bones well by incorporating the latest design features and technologies from the latest Ford models for China.
The revised escort slots below the Focus sedan available in China, in which Ford continues to sell the midsize Mondeo. As a refresher, the latter died last year in the United States, where the merger ended and will be killed in Europe next year. As we deal with Fords that have been or will be eliminated in certain markets while we remain in China, the full-size Taurus is still available as the company’s flagship sedan in the world’s most populous country.
Below is a gallery of the 2020 Escort to highlight the changes brought about by the latest facelift.