The upcoming new Ford Escort will be called Yachiti in Chinese, nest translated as ‘Special Elegant Galaxy’. The Ford Escort will be launched on the China car market in the second half of 2014. The Ford Escort is part of Ford’s ambitious master plan to sell one million cars per year in China by 2015. The Ford Escort will be build by the Changan-Ford joint venture.
The new Escort is based on the current China-made Ford Focus Classic, which is a slightly dressed up second generation Ford Focus. The Ford Escort will technically replace the Ford Focus Classic, and will be positioned under the current third generation Ford Focus. The Escort however will be powered by different engines that the Focus Classic. Engines available will be a 1.3 and a 1.5, both borrowed from the China-made Ford Fiesta. Some Chinese automotive media say the 1.0 3-cylinder Ecoboost might become available as well.