Ford's long-dormant Escort nameplate returned affixed to a sedan concept at last year's Shanghai Motor Show. While not exactly a beauty, it showed a clean, straightforward take on Ford's current styling. The Blue Oval said at the time that it wanted to create a model that was stylish "but not one that is arrogant or pretentious." Job done. A year later, it looks like the minimalist vehicle might make its production debut at the Beijing Motor Show.

Autocar claims that the streetgoing version has been confirmed to it for the upcoming show, but so far, Ford isn't saying. If unveiled, the Escort is likely to be produced locally for the Chinese market with a domestic partner. Powertrain details remain a secret, but it seems highly likely that any production model would use a small three- or four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. Sales in other major world markets like ours are unlikely, but a test car was recently spotted in Europe.

Autoblog contacted Ford for confirmation, but the automaker demurred, with a spokesperson saying only, "At the moment, we are not confirming any vehicles planned for the show." It looks like we will have to wait to know for sure.

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      I think it's nicer looking than the Fiesta sedan for what it's worth.
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      Hey "One Ford" bring it to the US.
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      I could see this selling well in the US...
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford - you should be selling this here
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      The Nissan Versa should take notes.
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      How about this as an entry level Ford here (like Datsun is in the far East)? Nice.
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      It has better proportions than the Fiesta sedan, if the production model looks as good, Ford should sell it here.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd rather have Ford bring a 3 door Ka to the US
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just like everyone else, it seems -- I would be happy to see this replace the Fiesta sedan in the US. I would also love to see Ford introduce and even-lower-priced Versa competitor. The Escort name is not deserving of such a low title but still I'd like to see it happen one way or another.
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      Why is it so... appliance-like and ugly?
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      This would SELL here, obliterating the Focus sedan
      • 1 Year Ago
      The taillights with protruding chrome bar design is very reminiscent of Tesla! Looks a lot better than the Fiesta. Was looking at one last night at the dealer, it was pathetic.
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