Ford has announced plans to introduce a production version of the Escort at this month's Beijing Motor Show in China.

Ford has announced plans to introduce a production version of the Escort at this month's Beijing Motor Show in China.

The vehicle was previewed last year at Auto Shanghai by a near-production concept and now is about ready to show its commercial face. It will have just about the same size as the Focus sedan but with a roomier cabin and lots of tech goodies. Ford estimates the regular Escort buyer will be wealthier and older compared to an average Focus client.

Last October we saw several patent design sketches indicating the model will change very little from concept to production. Engine lineup, gearbox choices and front-wheel drive layout will be carried over from the Focus.

Although Ford UK chairman Mark Ovenden said "it's a car initially for China", he also acknowledged "it could work in other places." Production will take place in China and there are some chances of seeing the car in Russia as well as several countries from Latin America, while Europe and North America availability isn't considered.

The Ford Focus Escort production version will be unveiled on April 20 during the press day of Beijing Motor Show.

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