The new China-only Ford Escort to be sold together with the Approach

Ford has presented the new China-only Escort, a mid-size saloon is going to sell in the country along with the new Approach, at the Beijing motor show.

The first generation Focus replaced the Escort in most of the world markets when it was launched in 1998, but the model name was reintroduced in China in 2014 for a car based on the second generation of the Focus.

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The new Escort will be sold in China with the current Approach and the soon-to-arrive fourth-generation Approach. Ford says offers three the same size as the models due to the size of the mid-size car market in China – around 7.3 million cars in 2017, making up 31% of the passenger car market.

The Escort will be built on the new Ford global midsize car platform, will be offered with a choice of 1.0 or 1.5 liter engines and a choice of six-speed manual transmission or automatic gearboxes.

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The interior features a two-tone color scheme designed to appeal to young Chinese buyers, and features, including an eight-inch infotainment touch-screen.

The Escort is one of a series of models shown at the show in Beijing, as part of Ford in China by the year 2025 expansion plan.

Other machines on display include the Mondeo Energi PHEV, the electric model will be offered in China.

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