India Bound Ford Escort Showcased at 2014 Auto China
Ford Escort is revived! – the legend is woken up from a long sleep of nearly 12 years, the Escort is showcased by Ford at the 2014 Auto China. The sedan is completely developed by Ford Australia and has been design specially for developing markets like China and India. Ford entered India with the Escort being it's first car in 1996 and it was discontinued in 2001. The nameplate 'Escort' was removed globally a year later, in 2002. The car is expected to hit next year in the country under Ford's 'One Ford' policy. The sedan, if launched in India will sit above the Fiesta in the D-segment.
Speaking of the design, the production-version looks identical to the Escort concept the company showcased in Auto Shanghai last year. The car is adoring the inverted-trapezoidal 'Aston Martin' alter-ego grille, as seen on the Figo concept at 2014 Indian Auto Expo and on the upcoming Fiesta. At the rear, we get wrap-around tail-lamps. On the safety front, the new Escort features six airbags and new device docking station on which you can mount smart phones and Mp3 players for connectivity with audio unit or for battery charging.
The car is powered by the 1.5 liter Ti-VCT petrol unit, similar to the one in Fiesta and EcoSport. The motor produces 112Hp and 140Nm of maximum torque. When it will enter India, Escort will definitely get a diesel heart, however, the company might incorporate the up-rated 1.5 TDCI or 1.6 TDCI.