No, you haven't travelled back to 2002 - this is a China-only saloon-bodied version of the Ford Focus.
The name is a surprising choice as none of the original Escorts were ever officially sold in China, and so unlike in Europe there is no heritage on which to generate sales.
Externally it is quite obviously derived from the old Ford Focus saloon, but there's just enough uniqueness to give it a separate identity while incorporating the latest Ford DNA with features like the latest Ford family grille.
Inside, the major feature on the dashboard is a control panel for the infotainment system. This is similar in style to the current UK Ford Fiesta's, but has slightly larger buttons than the fiddly mobile phone-derived keypad in that car.
No touchscreen system is available, even on the top-of-the range Trend trim, which seems an amazing oversight in tech-addicted China when such systems are available aftermarket for as little as £20.
Instead, as standard, there's a removable cradle to mount a smartphone on the dash with a USB charger hidden underneath. This might be an acceptable solution on the base model but for the money the range-topper demands, you expect more.
Materials are of good quality, with plenty of soft plastics, while the build - as you'd expect from Ford - also feels strong. Leather upholstery is standard, with both light and dark finishes available.