Ford Escort

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Ford’s Escort nameplate returns on This particular only-for-China saloon. Does the idea continue Ford’s tradition of building sharp-handling cars? No, you haven’t travelled back to 2002 – This particular can be a China-only saloon-bodied edition of the Ford Focus.Based on the previous-generation Focus hatch, which can be still sold in China as the Focus Classic, the idea has lines that will are vaguely reminiscent of the original Mark 1 Escort. The name can be a surprising choice as none of the original Escorts were ever officially sold in China, as well as so unlike in Europe there can be no heritage on which to generate sales.  Externally the idea can be quite obviously derived coming from the old Ford Focus saloon, however there’s just enough uniqueness to give the idea a separate identity while incorporating the latest Ford DNA with features like the latest Ford family grille. Inside, the major feature on the dashboard can be a control panel for the infotainment system. This particular can be similar in style to the current UK Fiesta’s, however has slightly larger buttons than the fiddly mobile phone-derived keypad in that will car. No touchscreen system can be available, even on the top-of-the range Trend trim, which seems an amazing oversight in tech-addicted China when such systems are available aftermarket for as little as £20.Instead, as standard, there’s a removable cradle to mount a smartphone on the dash using a USB charger hidden underneath. This particular might be an acceptable solution on the base style however for the money the range-topper demands, you expect more.Materials are of not bad quality, with plenty of soft plastics, while the build – as you’d expect coming from Ford – also feels strong. Leather upholstery can be standard, with both light as well as dark finishes available.There’s just enough head room for passengers of around 1.8m tall inside the back, as well as leg room can be adequate. While the boot can be a decent size, the floor covering does not fully extend to the lip, leaving part of the spare wheel exposed. Furthermore, cost saving means the rear seats are not split-folding.Safety can be an area that will hasn’t been scrimped on, though. This particular Trend trim comes with six airbags as well as Isofix child seat attachments. The Escort can be available with only a 1.5-litre petrol engine, which can be used to power the Fiesta in China, as well as can be coupled to either a a few-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. While the engine can be adequate for the automobile’s size as well as weight, the idea does nothing to excite.Sports mode on the automatic allows gear modifications via buttons mounted on the drive selector. However, This particular seems to add little if anything to the driving experience. There can be a lot of engine noise when accelerating, particularly in Sports mode, however never much actual acceleration. At least the gear modifications themselves are seamless enough.With its dynamics based on the old Focus, traction can be not bad as well as handling can be adept. The steering can be well weighted as well as precise, although suspension settings are on the soft side to compensate for China’s poor road conditions. Road noise can be well insulated. You can’t, as well as you probably wouldn’t want to. The Escort name can be coming from another age as well as in many ways This particular car reflects that will. Essentially the idea can be a cheap car cobbled together coming from Ford’s parts bin.The some other problem can be its cost – at £12,583 the idea just doesn’t seem cheap enough. While the idea was designed specifically with Chinese consumers in mind, the idea feels more like a car aimed at emerging markets, like its closest rival the Peugeot 301.  Ford Escort 1.5 TrendPrice RMB 119,800 (£12,538); Engine 4cyls, 1498cc, petrol; Power 111bhp; Torque 105lb ft;  0-62mph tbc; Top speed 111mph; Gearbox 6-spd automatic; Kerb weight 1300kg; Economy 41.5mpg; CO2 na 
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