There has been little news about Ford's China-focused Escort concept since debuting at last year's Shanghai Motor Show, but the no-frills sedan has shown its camouflaged face again during cold weather testing in Northern Sweden. While far from a guarantee, the test location might hint that the Blue Oval plans to market the car outside of Asia.

The Escort's black robe and zebra paint make it hard to tell if anything specific has changed about the design, but the shape of the sedan looks close to what was shown in Shanghai. Under the disguise, you can still make out the hexagonal front grille from the concept. When Ford announced the model, the company said that the design wasn't supposed to be "arrogant or pretentious," and it certainly achieved that. The engine range is still a mystery, but it seems safe to expect small, economy-focused powertrains.

A report from last year indicated that Ford may be considering broadening the new Escort beyond Asia and possibly even selling it in Europe. The fact that the company brought it to Sweden for testing could bolster that argument. A release date hasn't been set yet, but the automaker has promised 15 new products for China by 2015. The basic sedan could be on the road soon.


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      johnnythemoney
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about finally releasing the new Mondeo (also known as present Fusion)? The Focus is fine as it is, small sedans have a limited market in Europe anyway.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        onewayroll
        • 1 Year Ago
        Not we but you. The Focus is and continues to be a huge seller.
        Sam123
        • 1 Year Ago
        Why would ford stop selling the best selling vehicle in the world
      deus ex wagon
      • 1 Year Ago
      If they weren't trying to be arrogant or pretentious, they wouldn't call it an Escort. They would call it a *****.
      Pat
      • 1 Year Ago
      Europe doesn't have the Fiesta sedan ... I wonder if this would take its place?
        David Murray
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Pat
        Highly unlikely. There is no good reason that the Fiesta sedan isn't sold except that no one would buy it - most Europeans don't like sedans smaller than the (Euro) Passat unless they are BMW/Audi/Mercedes. It might be possible to sell the Escort in places such as Greece, Turkey, eastern Europe and Ireland - who do like sedans - but they tend to be relatively small markets with relatively high taxes, so the actual transaction price (and the return) to the manufacturer is quite low. Even the Focus sedan is a niche. I think this will just be cold weather testing and Ford has capacity in its European engineering facilities, rather than something that they are looking to market in Europe.
        David Murray
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Pat
        Highly unlikely. There is no good reason that the Fiesta sedan isn't sold except that no one would buy it - most Europeans don't like sedans smaller than the (Euro) Passat unless they are BMW/Audi/Mercedes. It might be possible to sell the Escort in places such as Greece, Turkey, eastern Europe and Ireland - who do like sedans - but they tend to be relatively small markets with relatively high taxes, so the actual transaction price (and the return) to the manufacturer is quite low. Even the Focus sedan is a niche. I think this will just be cold weather testing and Ford has capacity in its European engineering facilities, rather than something that they are looking to market in Europe.
      bootsnchaps60
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would make a nice enrty level Ford, or Lincoln (it could be called . . Mercury!).
      • 1 Year Ago
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