The all-new 2015 Ford Escort was officially revealed at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show a.k.a. Auto China 2014, as the American carmaker decided to revive one of its most famous nameplate. The 2015 Escort has been designed for the Chinese customers this time, as it is part of the company’s plan to introduce 15 new models in China by 2015.
Looking almost identical with the Escort Concept that was unveiled back in 2013 in Shanghai, the 2015 Ford Escort is built on Ford’s C-car platform. The new Escort will join the Ford Focus in order to provide more choices for consumers in China's compact car segment, which is expected to grow to 7.2 million vehicles by 2017, which means bigger than the total auto market in Germany, the U.K. and France combined.
The front end of the vehicle comes with elongated, jeweled headlamps and a stylish inverted trapezoidal grille. From the side, we observe that the designers pushed back the A-pillar in order to create more athletic proportions. At the rear we find taillights that echo the headlamp design. Inside, the 2015 Escort features premium materials, enough room for the rear passengers and design elements “borrowed” from luxury vehicles.
The interior also features the Device Dock, which is an innovative central dock positioned above the vehicle’s center console. According to Ford, the Device Dock introduces a new way to store, mount and charge devices such as mobile phones, MP3 players and satellite navigation systems, as well as integrating them into the in-car entertainment system.
Moreover, the Escort comes with Connect Radio, a smart system that allows the driver to connect a smart phone to the vehicle's radio using Bluetooth. Under the hood, there is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder Ti-VCT engine. The Ti-VCT, or Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing, allows precise, variable control of the "valve overlap," the window of time in which both intake and exhaust valves in an engine are open at the same time.
As the system continuously adjusting this overlap, the engine can maximize the fuel economy and power output.