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Ford Escort ZX2- The Escort GT Redesigned

First Look: '98 Ford Escort ZX2

Enthusiasts on a budget may be wondering what ever happened to the two-door, performance-tuned Ford Escort GT. When the Escort was restyled and reengineered for , the four-door and the wagon were nicely tweaked and resculpted, but the two-door hatchback model vanished along with its free-revving horsepower, twin-cam four-cylinder engine. That's about to change.

Although no formal explanation has been offered for the odd delay, Ford has just confirmed it will introduce the completely redesigned Escort ZX2 coupe for model-year ' And to make sure the ZX2 performs to expectations, the Blue Oval boys have slipped a lively liter/horse DOHC valve four into the engine bay. Paired with a five-speed manual gearbox, it should provide a mph zip in the low-eight-second range. Ford will also bolt a four-speed automatic onto this rev-happy liter four for shiftless types.

The ZX2 shares its inch wheelbase with the other current Escort models-but at inches in overall length, the sleek little coupe is actually longer than the four-door sedan and the wagon.

Ford stuck with a simple small-car ride formula that includes gas-charged MacPherson struts and an anti-roll bar in front and a Quadralink independent suspension sprung by coils in the rear. Stopping chores will be handled by the same inch front discs and inch rear drums used on the wagon and sedan.

So, wonder no more, budget-burdened enthusiasts: The Escort ZX2 will soon be here.

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Ford Escort (North America)

Car model

For the European counterpart, see Ford Escort (Europe).

Motor vehicle

The North American variant of the Ford Escort is a compact/small family car introduced by Ford in for the model year. Sharing its name with the third-generation European Ford Escort, the model line is the first front-wheel drive Ford developed and sold in North America. The direct successor of the Ford Pinto, as the smallest Ford car in North America, the Escort largely replaced the European-imported Ford Fiesta.

Overcoming the tarnished reputation for quality and safety established by the fuel tank defect of the Pinto, the Escort became highly successful in the American marketplace. After , the model line became the best-selling car in the United States, a position it held during most of the s.

The replacement of the Pinto by the Escort was the first Ford model line to adapt front-wheel drive. By the end of the s, nearly the entire Ford car range would adopt the powertrain layout (with the exceptions being the Mustang, Thunderbird, and LTD Crown Victoria/Country Squire).

The Escort was produced across three generations. The first was Ford's first "world car", designed as Ford of Europe transitioned the Escort Mk III to front-wheel drive. In North America, the model line was also sold as the Mercury Lynx and the two-seat Ford EXP/Mercury LN7 (no version was sold by the Lincoln division). Introduced for , the second generation became a near-twin of the Mazda-designed Ford Laser (a model line sold in Asia and Oceania); sharing a platform and powertrain with the Mazda , the Escort grew into the compact car segment. The second generation was also sold as the Mercury Tracer. For , the third generation was an extensive redesign of the second-generation platform Escort sedan, introducing the ZX2 coupe; Mercury continued to sell the Tracer sedan and wagon.

For the model year, the Ford Focus succeeded the Escort as the compact model line as a new-generation "world car"; after the model year, the Escort shifted primarily to fleet sales, ending production after the model year. Unlike the Escort, the Focus managed to have considerably more commonality between its European and North American variants and was in effect, the world car that Ford had originally envisaged with the Escort.

During its entire production, the Escort was produced by Wayne Stamping & Assembly (Wayne, Michigan) and Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly (Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico); the first generation was also produced by Edison Assembly (Edison, New Jersey), San Jose Assembly Plant (Milpitas, California), and Oakville Assembly (Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

First generation (–)[edit]

Motor vehicle

First generation
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Also&#;calledMercury Lynx
Production– (Escort)
– (Lynx)
Model&#;years– (Escort)
– (Lynx)
AssemblyEdison, New Jersey, United States
Milpitas, California, United States
Wayne, Michigan, United States
Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Body&#;style3/5-door hatchback
5-door station wagon
PlatformFord CE14 platform
Related
Engine
Transmission
Wheelbase&#;in (2,&#;mm)
Length&#;in (4,&#;mm)
GT: &#;in (4,&#;mm)
Width&#;in (1,&#;mm)
HeightHatchback: &#;in (1,&#;mm)
Sedan: &#;in (1,&#;mm)
Curb&#;weight2,&#;lb (1,&#;kg) (Escort GT)

The first North American Escort went on sale on October 3, , for the model year, along with its corporate twin, the Mercury Lynx.[1] It was intended to share common components with the European Mk III Escort, although the two design teams diverged in their thinking and the two cars ended up becoming quite different - although they had a similar exterior silhouette, there were no interchangeable elements of the bodyshell and ended up resembling a heavily "Americanized" interpretation of the European original - being larger in every dimension, and featuring a heavy amount of chrome embellishment as was fashionable on American vehicles of the period. In fact, the only directly interchangeable elements between this and the European Escort were the CVH engine and the ATX automatic transmission.

It was launched with a 65&#;hp (48&#;kW), liter hemi overhead cam inline-four.[2] It was available as a three-door hatchback and as a five-door station wagon, with a four-speed manual or a three-speed automatic.[2] The five-door hatchback was first shown in May [3] The North American Escort had considerably more chrome than Escorts sold elsewhere (except for the SS model and + GT models which feature blacked out trim). models never had the blue oval logo; on the front fenders there was an Escort badge which included a globe representing the earth, which implied this was a "world car". The Escort was available with an "SS" package that included blacked-out trim, a special stripe and decal package, upgraded brakes, and wider tires. The SS package would be replaced with the Escort GT the following year due to an interaction with General Motors Chevrolet SS option package.

The car was freshened in , and added Ford's blue oval logo for the first time along with a new grille. For models, the base price of the Escort three-door was $5,[4] The engine was also uprated, to 70&#;hp (52&#;kW). In March an HO (high output) version of the engine was added, originally only in the EXP and with an automatic transmission, but soon thereafter available with a manual and also in the sporting Escort GT (which had replaced the SS).[5] This unit produces 80&#;hp (60&#;kW), thanks to a higher compression ratio, a new exhaust system, and larger venturis in the carburetor. In addition to the HO engine, the GT featured cosmetic changes such as "GT" emblems and stripes, while under the shell there were uprated brakes and a close-ratio four-speed gearbox. Also included were metric TR sport wheels with Michelin TRX tires.[5]

For , the GLX model was dropped and replaced with a fuel-injected LX model, available as a five-door hatchback or wagon, with a GT engine, blackout trim, and styled cast aluminum wheels. The interior received a new dashboard, and new rubber shift boots for manual models; automatic models received new gear selector levers with straight lines for gear selection instead of the twisting "?" mark pattern of the previous models.

Although the basic silhouette was the same, it was almost completely different from the European version, apart from the Ford CVH engine. There was a &#;L engine, a four-speed MTX-2 and a five-speed MTX-3 manual transmission as standard options, and an optional three-speed ATX/FLC automatic transmission. A &#;L engine was designed and a prototype made, but it did not see production due to lack of power, and an inability to get it certified.[2] Beginning in , a GT model offered a multi-port EFI version of the &#;L four-cylinder that increased power by 20&#;hp over the base carbureted version. It also came with a five-speed transmission, TRX handling package, front and rear spoilers, metric-sized alloy wheels and fog lights. Also beginning with the model year, the Ford EXP received the option of the turbocharged &#;L four-cylinder rated at &#;hp (89&#;kW) and matching torque.[6] The turbo engine then found its way into the Escort GT (and Lynx RS) during the model year. was also the year that Mazda's two-liter diesel engine became available in the Escort and Lynx.[6]

Engines[edit]

  • – &#;L CVHI4, 65–70&#;hp (48–52&#;kW)
  • – &#;L CVH high output (HO) I4, 80&#;hp (60&#;kW)
  • – &#;L CVH multi-port fuel injected (MFI) I4, 88&#;hp (66&#;kW)
  • – &#;L turbocharged CVH I4, &#;hp (89&#;kW)
  • – &#;L RFdiesel I4, 52&#;hp (39&#;kW)

–[edit]

The ½ model received a facelift (less chrome, restyled tail lamps, flush headlights), and the L engine was replaced with a &#;L. GT models featured high output engines with revised intake manifolds, cylinder heads and real headers available only with manual transmissions. The Lynx was retired after , but was replaced by the Mazda derived "Tracer" model which was sold alongside it for much of the year.[7] The Tracer's Mazda platform was revamped in and debuted as the Mazda Protege; the updated platform went on to form the basis for the next generation (–) Escort/Tracer.

The Mazda diesel engine continued to be available in the five-door hatchback versions of the Lynx and Escort. Sales were slow however, as American buyers largely gave up on diesel-engined cars during the s (the proportion of diesel sales overall went from a peak of percent in to percent in ); less than percent of Escort/Lynx overall sales were diesels.[8]

The Escort saw another minor facelift in mid, which smoothed out the front and rear fascias. New plastic bumpers (which replaced the metal bumpers), larger rear side windows, a more rounded rear-end design and larger (14&#;inch versus 13&#;inch) wheels modernized the look of the cars. Three-door hatchback models had curving windowlines along the sides towards the rear of the cars. The engine was also updated with a slightly revised camshaft and roller lifters. The new design is commonly referred to as the "" year, and existed until model year As Ford was gearing up for the April introduction of the next generation Escort, assembly of this version was restricted to Ford's Edison, NJ plant for the abbreviated model year.[9]

Finding some popularity during the final three years of this generation was the Pony model, which was the least-expensive U.S.-built Ford at the time. Pony models used plainer interior trim with greater use of vinyl and plastic instead of cloth, and four-speed manual transaxles were standard, although buyers could opt for the five-speed found in LX models or the three-speed ATX automatic. The list of available options was very limited, to the extent that such luxuries as power steering and factory-installed air conditioning were not offered (a dealer-installed A/C system was available). Given their lighter weight, the Pony models also had somewhat better fuel economy than the regular Escorts.

  • Ford Escort GLX 3-door

  • Ford Escort GL diesel wagon

  • ½– Mercury Lynx 3-door hatchback

  • ½– Mercury Lynx wagon

  • Mercury Lynx 5-door hatchback

  • – Ford Escort 5-door

  • – Ford Escort LX 5-door

  • – Ford Escort LX wagon

Engines[edit]

  • – &#;L Carbureted CVHI4, 86&#;hp (64&#;kW) **
  • – &#;L CFI (Central Fuel Injection) CVH I4, 90&#;hp (67&#;kW)
  • – &#;L EFI HO (Multi-port EFI) CVH I4, &#;hp (81&#;kW) **
  • – &#;L EFI HO (Multi-port EFI) CVH I4, &#;hp (82&#;kW)
  • – &#;L RFdiesel I4, 52&#;hp (39&#;kW)
    • All Models had roller lifters & matching camshafts
    • and had "1/2 year" refresh models

Model year changes[edit]

&#; all-new model &#; the Escort was a world car. Original trims were base, L, GL, GLX and SS. The Mercury Lynx is the Escort's twin.

&#; the GT replaced the SS. There were new trims as the base, L, GL, GLX, GT And LX

Second generation (–)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Second generation
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Also&#;calledFord Laser (Asia and Oceania)
ProductionApril –March
Model&#;years
AssemblyWayne, Michigan, United States
Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Body&#;style3-door hatchback
4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
5-door hatchback
PlatformMazda B platform
RelatedMazda
Mazda Protegé
Mercury Tracer
Engine
Transmission5-speed F series manual ()
5-speed G5M manual ()
4-speed F-4EAT automatic
Wheelbase&#;in (2,&#;mm)
Length&#;in (4,&#;mm)
Wagon: &#;in (4,&#;mm)
& –96 Sedan: &#;in (4,&#;mm)
Width&#;in (1,&#;mm)
HeightSedan: &#;in (1,&#;mm)
Hatchback: &#;in (1,&#;mm)
Wagon: &#;in (1,&#;mm)
Curb&#;weight3-door hatchback – 2, lbs (1, kg)
5-door hatchback – 2, lbs (1, kg)
4-door sedan – 2, lbs (1, kg)
5-door wagon – 2, lbs (1, kg)

The Escort and the Mercury Tracer were replaced by all new cars in April as early model year s. They are both based on the Mazda B platform (BG), which was also used by the Mazda , Protegé and first generation Kia Sephia. Ford, which owned a 25 percent stake in Mazda, already sold a version of the /Familia in Asia and Australasia, called the "Ford Laser", which had replaced the old rear-wheel driveEscort there. Although the Escort was now essentially a twin of the Laser instead of the European Escort, it kept the Escort name in North America due to strong brand equity as well as Chrysler already using the Laser name on the Plymouth equivalent of the Mitsubishi Eclipse.

The prior Escort used localized engines and shared some elements of design with the European model. The Escort for the s, however, was almost identical to the Ford Laser and its derivatives, with minor differences in appearance and base engine. While the Laser featured identical powertrains to the Mazda Familia, the Escort carried over the liter eight-valve Ford-designed CVH engine from the previous Escort, with the GT and LX-E receiving the Mazda-built &#;L BPI4. Much of the external styling mimicked the first generation Ford Taurus.

This generation of the Escort was one of the first Ford automobiles to feature, on the &#;L engine, distributorless ignition (known as EDIS, Electronic Distributorless Ignition System). It also featured a new electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission, as well as an independent rear suspension, both (at the time) relatively uncommon in cars in this class.

The Mazda-based model sold sluggishly in America at first, since only hatchback models were offered upon its launch, but became popular later by , after the sedan was introduced, available in either LX or LX-E trim levels.

For the – model years, Ford offered the Escort on a "one price" basis, with the same price for a three- or five-door hatchback, a sedan or a wagon when equipped with the most popular options (three-doors quickly added alloy wheels to the "one price" specification). The LX-E, equipped with the same sporting equipment as the GT and Mazda Protegé LX (four-wheel disc brakes, larger front brakes, larger clutch, equal-length driveshafts, larger anti-roll bars, dual-outlet exhaust, sport interior and &#;L Mazda DOHC valve engine), lasted only until The Pony departed in , replaced by the "standard" trim level.

Trim levels were originally Pony, LX, and GT. The GT was the North American equivalent of the Laser XR3i version, featuring a &#;L Mazda DOHC engine. The LX and standard or Pony were equipped with the &#;L overhead cam eight-valve CVH inline four. The Pony or later standard was the base trim level, lacking most features like power steering or a radio. The LX was the upscale trim level, and a sport package could be added to make it look like a GT. Subtle differences can be noticed in all three Escort models (sedan, hatchback and wagon) from to In , the grill oval hall around the "Ford" emblem became a little larger in order to allow more air to enter under the hood to cool the engine. In , the wheel size was changed from 13&#;inches to 14&#;inches. A driver's airbag was introduced in as well, and by , both driver and passenger airbags were standard with the redesigned dash for the model year.

Engines[edit]

  • – &#;L (&#;cc) CVHI4, 88&#;hp (66&#;kW) &#;ft⋅lbf (&#;N⋅m), standard/Pony and LX
  • – &#;L (&#;cc) Mazda BP I4, &#;hp (95&#;kW) &#;ft⋅lbf (&#;N⋅m), LX-E and GT
  • Ford Escort 5-door hatchback

  • Ford Escort 3-door hatchback

Third generation (–)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Third generation
 Ford Escort wagon.jpg
Production
Model&#;years
AssemblyWayne, Michigan, United States
Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Body&#;style4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
PlatformMazda B platform
RelatedMazda Protegé
Mercury Tracer
Engine&#;L SPISOHCI4
&#;L ZetecDOHC I4
Transmission5-speed G5M manual
4-speed F-4EAT automatic
Wheelbase&#;in (2,&#;mm)
LengthWagon: &#;in (4,&#;mm)
Sedan: &#;in (4,&#;mm)
Width&#;in (1,&#;mm)
HeightSedan: &#;in (1,&#;mm)
Wagon: &#;in (1,&#;mm)
Curb&#;weight2,&#;lb (1,&#;kg)

The restyle dropped the hatchbacks and added a new sporty coupe for the model year.

The Escort ZX2 replaced the Ford Probe as Ford's sport compact car. The ZX2 was a much lower-slung and rakish car than both the Escort sedan and wagon, aimed squarely at the youth market as a replacement for the Escort GT (although lacking the its rear disc brake setup) and was built exclusively at Ford's Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, assembly plant. The interior was refreshed for , and the model was retired after It had a completely redesigned dashboard, and included a panel that unified the heat and radio controls, similar to that of the third generation Ford Taurus.

The Escort ZX2 coupe featured the &#;L, &#;hp (97&#;kW) ZetecDOHC four-cylinder engine as standard equipment, an option unavailable on the sedan or wagon. Intended for use as the base engine in the larger European Ford Mondeo and its American cousins, the Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique, the Zetec gave the ZX2 respectable performance, running 0–60&#;mph in seconds.

The and models offered a performance limited edition ZX2 S/R which further enhanced the car's performance.

The Escort sedan and wagon used the lower-powered CVH SPI engine with &#;hp (82&#;kW). There are subtle differences in the Escort sedan from to The trim lines for were base and LX, for – it was offered in LX and SE trims. For , the reverse lights were moved into the same piece as the tail lamps; they were previously below the tail lamp on the body.

A very rare trim package was available with chrome 14&#;in (36&#;cm) wheel covers and other features. It was offered in

The Escort was offered in a "sport" package as well. The Mercury Tracer's version was called the "Trio" or "Sport" depending on the year. A basketweave type of wheel was put on the Tracer Trio while a flower petal pattern was used on the Tracer Sport. The Sport/Trio package included aluminum wheels, a sport exhaust tip, a tachometer, and a rear decklid spoiler.

The Escort wagon largely retained the same body style, gaining only the new interior, front end and fascia, side-view mirrors, door handles, badging, and slightly restyled taillamps and reflectors. The black window frames on the doors of some models became body-colored.

Both the Escort wagon and the Mercury Tracer sedan and wagon were discontinued after The Escort sedan was discontinued in , but continued to be sold as fleet and rental cars only. It was replaced by the Ford Focus[citation needed]. The last Ford Escort rolled off the assembly line on February 20, The last ZX2 rolled off the assembly line on March 21, In Mexico, it was replaced by the smaller Ford Ikon.

Engines[edit]

  • – &#;L (&#;cc) CVH SPI, SOHCI4, &#;hp (82&#;kW) at 5,&#;rpm, &#;ft⋅lbf (&#;N⋅m) at 3,&#;rpm, redline 5,&#;rpm sedan and wagon
  • – &#;L (&#;cc) Zetec, DOHC I4, &#;hp (97&#;kW) at 5,&#;rpm, &#;ft⋅lbf (&#;N⋅m) at 4,&#;rpm, redline 6,&#;rpm, 7, rpm rev limiter ZX2
  • – &#;L (&#;cc) Zetec, DOHC I4, &#;hp (&#;kW), &#;ft⋅lbf (&#;N⋅m) ZX2 S/R

ZX2[edit]

Motor vehicle

For , the four-door sedan was limited to fleet sales only and the Escort moniker on the Escort ZX2 was quietly dropped, making the car officially just a two-door notchback coupe.

The Ford Focus debuted in ( in the U.S.) and was produced concurrently with the ZX2. Despite some popularity, the ZX2 was replaced by the Focus ZX3, ZX4 and ZX5. Though the two cars share the same Zetec engine, there are a few differences. The Focus lacks the exhaust-side VCT, and contains less aggressive camshafts that push the power band down a few hundred RPM. The two models share the same block but, due to the different camshafts and the different cylinder head, the torque output for the Focus was bumped up by 8&#;ft⋅lbf (11&#;N⋅m). Thanks to better gearing and less weight, the ZX2 continued to outperform the Focus. The ZX2 continued with little more than 15&#;in (38&#;cm) alloy wheels and a rear defroster newly offered as standard equipment, and for , a revised front fascia. Production ceased at the end of the model year.

ZX2 S/R[edit]

The increased presence and success of tuner models from overseas in the late s caused Ford to create their own performance model, the ZX2 S/R, meant to compete with cheap factory performance sport compacts such as the Honda Civic Si and the Dodge Neon ACR. Its initial debut was at SEMA's Import Auto Salon in Pomona in The ZX2 S/R was the first product jointly developed by Ford Racing and Ford Motor Company's Small Vehicle Center Product Development.

Ford's final limited production count was 2, units, consisting of yellow S/Rs for , the first two of which were sold in Columbus, Ohio, and the other in California; and for , black, red and 1, yellow S/Rs were sold. The upgrade price to the S/R package was $1, in both years. It is believed that only 35 of those S/Rs were sold in Canada, making it a very rare trim there.

The optional S/R package added stiffer suspension parts (Eibach springs (MZ2), Tokico struts (MZ2) and Energy Suspension brand polyurethane suspension bushings), more power (through a Ford Racing PCM (MZ2)), more efficient intake (Roush or Iceman), rear disc brakes (MZ2), a stronger clutch (Centerforce dual friction MZ2), a short-throw B&M manual-transmission shifter (MZ2), an S/R-unique shift knob (MZ2) and boot (MZ2), upgraded seats, a unique blue valve cover, a different speed cluster that goes up to &#;mph (&#;km/h) and a unique tire and wheel package. Engine power was increased 10% over the base Zetec engine used in the ZX2 to &#;bhp (&#;kW; &#;PS), courtesy of a recommended premium fuel re-calibration, new air inlet system, the performance PCM, improved Borla muffler and pipe (MZ2). All ZX2 S/Rs have a special "S/R" badge on the back, either silver (on a red car) or red (on a yellow or black car). Some S/Rs went out of the assembly plant without some of the performance mods. The suspension bushings were not installed at the factory but instead packaged with the car for installation at the dealership. This also led to many cars leaving the showroom without the full complement of S/R parts.

  • Ford ZX2 (facelift model)

  • Ford ZX2 SE, rear view (facelift)

Sales[edit]

References[edit]

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Ford Escort

The compact market is awash with all kinds of good cars, but we think this may be the best looking of the bunch. It also has one of the best looking interiors, excellent road manners, a useable back seat and more power than its family-oriented counterparts from the Escort and Tracer lineups.

Due in Ford showrooms this spring, the Escort ZX2 coupe arrives exactly one year after the major update accorded the Escort and Tracer sedans and wagon.

It shares the same basic front-drive chassis and suspension components as the other Escorts, but no body panels and no powertrain elements. And it's exclusive to Ford dealerships. A Mercury Tracer version was also planned, but it died on the drawing boards.

Style counts for a lot in a small sporty coupe, and if that were the only criteria the ZX2 would be a sell out.

But the ZX2 will be measured by other standards, and against some compelling competitors&#;the Honda Civic, for example, and the sassy Chrysler Neons.

How does it stack up when all the blanks on the scorecard are filled in?

We strapped on a brand-new ZX2 for a few days to find out.

Walkaround

Although it shares no sheetmetal with the Escort sedan and wagon, it does share the same wheelbase and the same general structure. This structure began life as a Mazda Protege, a car which has since been redesigned. Rather than use the new Protege chassis for its Escort/Tracer update, Ford retained the old chassis, investing instead in extensive stiffening measures.

The result was a vastly improved lineup of sedans and wagons that came to market at highly competitive prices, thanks to the relatively low investment.

Offered in two trim levels&#;base and LX&#;Escort sedans and wagons are powered by a horsepower liter overhead cam four-cylinder engine, mated to a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic. While hp isn't the highest for this class, it's 22 hp more than the previous standard Escort engine, and the engine's torque characteristics lend good driveability, even with an automatic transmission.

The Escort ZX2 is available essentially as a single model, with a so-called Sport model option, and it uses the same engine supplied with standard editions of the Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique&#;Ford's hp liter twin cam valve Duratec four-cylinder. It's the ZX2's only engine offering, and it's exclusive to the coupe.

We term the Sport model &#;so-called&#; because it's basically an appearance option, adding a handsome set of inch aluminum alloy wheels, a rear decklid spoiler and various trim items to the standard ZX2. The suspension tuning is identical between the base and Sport editions, and the only functional difference is a slightly more aggressive set of tires&#;series versus 65&#;on the ZX2. That slight reduction in profile might lend a tiny improvement in cornering capability, but you'd need a test track and on-board telemetry to quantify the distinctions. A similar package is available for the Escort sedan.

However, even though the ZX2 employs the same basic suspension as the sedans and wagons, it's been retuned for a slightly firmer feel and sportier responses.

Although it has only two doors, the ZX2 is almost exactly the same size as the Escort and Tracer sedans. It's a tad longer, wider and lower, but the distinctions are all within one inch. Its cubic foot trunk is also one cubic foot smaller than the sedan, but that's still sizeable by compact standards. And like most small cars, the ZX2's split rear seatbacks can be flopped forward to make extra space for all that bulky recreational equipment that younger owners like to haul.

Standard safety features&#;dual airbags and side impact protection&#;are average. Consistent with industry trends, antilock brakes cost extra&#;$ in this case&#;on Escorts and Tracers. We think this important active safety feature should be standard on all cars, but carmakers have found that, given the choice, buyers would rather have a nice sound system than ABS.

While it's not really a safety feature, the Escort and Tracer do have 5 mph bumpers, which could lower repair bills from minor fender-benders.

Interior Features

Like its exterior, the ZX2 has very little commonality with the other Escorts. The sporty-looking instrument panel sweeps attractively into the door panels, and interior fabrics and materials are of high quality compared to other cars in this class.

Standard comfort/convenience features are a little sparse. Beyond an AM/FM radio, you have to pay extra. But the quality of the interior appointments keeps even a basic ZX2 from feeling like a stripper, a trait it shares with most of the other Escort/Tracer models.

Other useful interior touches include three cupholders, two forward, one aft, plus a center console and heater ducts for the rear seat area.

There's plenty of room up front in all of the Escorts and Tracers, and the ZX2's attractively upholstered front buckets are exceptionally comfortable and supportive. The driver's seat is also height adjustable, a nice extra for shorter drivers.

Rear seat roominess is also a strong suit for this clan. Although rear leg-room isn't quite as plentiful as it is in a Neon, the Escort and Tracer are above average in comparison to other compacts. And, remarkably, the ZX2 is within a half-inch of the sedan in terms of rear legroom, though its swoopy rear roofline compromises headroom a bit.

Driving Impressions

With an extra 20 horsepower, the ZX2 is certainly livelier than its sedan and wagon cousins. The Zetec is pleasant and willing in all driving situations, with plenty of extra punch for tight passing situations on two-lane highways.

Overall handling response is a cut above the Escort sedan and wagon, which are competent in their own right. We were also impressed by the precision and feel of the steering, as well as the firm-but-smooth ride quality.

While its power-to-weight ratio is close to that of a Neon sedan, the ZX2 doesn't provide quite as much dash as the Chrysler product. On the other hand, its performance seems to measure up very well versus other leading compacts, including the best-in-class Civics. And it has a distinct edge in refinement versus the Neons, which continue to be a trifle raucous, despite ongoing refinements to their hot rod hearts.

Summary

Already a best selling line, the Escort family is sure to benefit by the addition of this charming new coupe.

Its performance doesn't quite measure up to its tigerish appearance, but it does measure up favorably versus most competitors, and it offers better-than-average driving fun with top-notch comfort and quality. That's a winning blend by any standard.

Due to hit Ford showrooms in April, the ZX2's pricing had not been finalized at press time. However, we know it will be at the top of the Escort family tree, with a base price of about $13,, including Ford's $ destination charge. Judging by Escort sedan options, we estimate the price of our test car at about $14,

Sedan prices start at $11,, wagons, which are LX only, at $12, Prices for the Tracer sedan and wagon run a touch higher.

Whichever version you choose, we think you'll be pleased with these pleasant, competent small cars.

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