Although the Escort was now essentially a twin of escort office christmas party the Laser instead of the European Escort, it kept the Escort name in North America due to strong brand equity on the Escort name as well as Chrysler already using the Laser name on the Plymouth.
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The Focus lacked the exhaust-side VCT, and contained less aggressive camshafts that pushed the power band down a few hundred RPM.
A very rare trim 1997 ford escort lx wagon package could be found with chrome 14 in (36 cm) wheel covers and other features.
Though not without its fans, both then and now, and still fairly well represented in the automotive aftermarket, the ZX2 was replaced by the Focus ZX3, ZX4 and ZX5.The Pony or later Standard was the base trim level, lacking most features like power steering or a radio.6 This unit produces 80 hp (60 kW thanks to a higher compression ratio, a new exhaust system, and larger venturis in the carburator.In Mexico, it was replaced by the smaller Ford Ikon."The Pantagraph from Bloomington, Illinois on September 30, 1980 Page 13".Road Track's Road Test Annual Buyer's Guide 1981 (JanuaryFebruary 1981.A.3 L engine was designed and prototyped but did not see production due to lack of power, and an inability to get it certified.
For 1999, the reverse lights were moved into the same piece as the tail lamps; they were previously below the tail lamp on the body.
There were now new trims as the Base, L, GL, GLX and.
It also featured a new electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission, as well as an independent rear suspension, both (at the time) relatively uncommon in cars in this class.