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    Beijing-bound Ford Escort leaked

    Beijing-bound Ford Escort leaked
    By Ronan Glon
    April 14, 2014

    Ford has confirmed it will travel to the Beijing Motor Show to unveil a new compact sedan that will resurrect the Escort nameplate. Details are being kept under wraps until next Saturday, but two images likely taken at a Ford factory in China give us a good idea of what to expect from the compact sedan.

    Previewed by a close-to-production concept at last year's Shanghai Motor Show, the Escort will be roughly the same size as a four-door Focus sedan but it will be aimed at a clientele willing to pay extra for more room inside and a wide panoply of high-tech feature. The Dearborn-based automaker believes the typical Escort buyer will be older and wealthier than the average Focus buyer.

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    Re: Beijing-bound Ford Escort leaked

    So instead of bringing Lincoln world-wide, they'll just make a fancier Ford? What is the point of trying to revive Lincoln then? Might as well close it up like Mercury.

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    Re: Beijing-bound Ford Escort leaked

    As a former Escort owner ('87 GT - beat the crap out of that car, and it took it), I'm highly amused that the Escort nameplate is going to outrank the Focus name. If I remember correctly, they dumped the Escort name because the cars were so thoroughly unloved.

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    Re: Beijing-bound Ford Escort leaked

    Where does this slot in, in the Ford hierarchy?
    Above Focus or below?
    Is it built on the same platform as Focus? How does it compare in size to the Focus?

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    Re: Beijing-bound Ford Escort leaked

    Quote Originally Posted by AMcA View Post
    As a former Escort owner ('87 GT - beat the crap out of that car, and it took it), I'm highly amused that the Escort nameplate is going to outrank the Focus name. If I remember correctly, they dumped the Escort name because the cars were so thoroughly unloved.
    It's a Chinese market only model - the European Ford Escort was well regarded for most of it's life and is unrelated to the US Escort.

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    Re: Beijing-bound Ford Escort leaked

    Quote Originally Posted by HuJass View Post
    Where does this slot in, in the Ford hierarchy?
    Above Focus or below?
    Is it built on the same platform as Focus? How does it compare in size to the Focus?
    Literally all of these questions are answered in the article linked...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyDiablo View Post
    Literally all of these questions are answered in the article linked...
    Why would I want to click on anything. Seems like too much work.

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    Re: Beijing-bound Ford Escort leaked

    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyDiablo View Post
    So instead of bringing Lincoln world-wide, they'll just make a fancier Ford? What is the point of trying to revive Lincoln then? Might as well close it up like Mercury.
    to me this escort does NOT replace Lincoln but offers a more LUX / practical compact over the sporty focus for a market that appears to really like luxury over being sporty

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    Re: Beijing-bound Ford Escort leaked

    Quote Originally Posted by HuJass View Post
    Where does this slot in, in the Ford hierarchy?
    Above Focus or below?
    Is it built on the same platform as Focus? How does it compare in size to the Focus?
    Escort has a bigger backseat for shuttling the boss/parents around. Focus is more about individual driving. They are about the same size and this is just catering to the market needs.

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    Re: Beijing-bound Ford Escort leaked

    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyDiablo View Post
    So instead of bringing Lincoln world-wide, they'll just make a fancier Ford? What is the point of trying to revive Lincoln then? Might as well close it up like Mercury.
    Sooooo, because Ford has developed a LWB Focus specifically for China, Lincoln fails.

    Gotcha.

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    Re: Beijing-bound Ford Escort leaked

    It's a shame that the Escort is Chinese market only. If it turns out as nice as the concept it'll blow the Focus away.
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    Re: Beijing-bound Ford Escort leaked

    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyDiablo View Post
    So instead of bringing Lincoln world-wide, they'll just make a fancier Ford? What is the point of trying to revive Lincoln then? Might as well close it up like Mercury.


    You do know this slots below the Focus...?

    And that it is mainly for China, which has three price segments within the C-segment?
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    Re: Beijing-bound Ford Escort leaked

    Woah...is reading a lost art or something?

    The Chinese C-Segment car is divided three-ways, Low, Middle, High. The Focus is High, the Escort slots below it in the middle.

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    Re: Beijing-bound Ford Escort leaked

    I thought it was another ford with a leaking gas tank or radiator (from the heading!)

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    Re: Beijing-bound Ford Escort leaked

    If it to be a "luxury" car in China, I say bring it here, add on the options and sell it as an entry level Lincoln...such as Buick's Verano which is really a Chevrolet Cruze underneath. From what I have heard and read, Lincoln needs products for every demographic.

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