Ford Motor Co. is set to launch deliveries of the redesigned Escape crossover in China in mid-December as part of continued efforts to reverse a sharp sales slump.
The Escape will be priced above 200,000 yuan ($28,450), Changan Ford, Ford’s passenger vehicle joint venture that produces the crossover, announced at the Guangzhou auto show last week.
The vehicle will be equipped with Ford’s fourth-generation, 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost gasoline engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Escape will further expand the Ford brand’s product line of crossovers and SUVs. It is the latest Ford-badged SUV or crossover model assembled in China, following the Edge, Everest, Focus Active, EcoSport, Kuga and Territory.
In the first ten months, deliveries of Ford-brand vehicles built at Changan Ford and Ford’s truck partnership with Jiangling Motors Corp. slumped 41 percent to just under 220,000.
With the introduction of two new models -- the Territory and Focus Active – and the redesigned Taurus sedan earlier this year, the decline in sales of Ford’s locally assembled products has slowed.
In October, combined deliveries of Ford-badged vehicles assembled at the two joint ventures fell 12 percent to around 27,000, according to Changan and Jingling Motors, which are both listed companies in China.
Locally built products account for the majority of Ford’s China sales.
Ford does not disclose monthly vehicle deliveries for China.