All About Ford Escort
The Ford Escort was introduced in Ford’s compact car segment all across the world but in North America, the car was a rebadged version of an earlier design. Ford
incorporated the front wheel drive for the first time in this model. The sales surged as the popularity gained momentum during the most part of the eighties decade.
Initially when the car was brought to the market for the first time in 1981, it possessed many of the component parts that were also present in the Mk III. When the car
was released, two versions of it were made available to the consumer such a hatchback with two doors and another rendition, which was a station wagon with four doors. There was also a hatchback with four doors, which was introduced after a year. The car was revamped in its third year by replacing the grille, which has squares with the grille having rectangles.
The noteworthy features of the first generation Ford Escort
which was in production till 1990 were the CVH engine which had a capacity of 1.6 litres with a four speed IB4 manual transmission or a five speed MTX transmission. The consumer also had the choice of a three-speed ATX/FLC automatic transmission. During the third and fourth years of the first generation, Escort models
, there was a four-cylinder engine with the same 1.6 litre capacity but was turbocharged and capable of generating 120 horsepower of speed output. Before going out of production in 1990, the first generation models received modifications such as redesigned tail lamps and headlights and an increased engine capacity of 1.9 litres.
The second generation of Ford Escort models
entered production in 1991. The main difference between the engines in the earlier versions of the Escort
and those of the second-generation models was that the engines in the latter were standardized across the different countries. The new cars which were made available to the consumer were primarily derived from the concept and engineering of the Mazda. The market response to the hatchback versions of the Escort was quite slow but there was a complete reversal when the sedan version was made available in the market.
The sedan came in LX and LX-E trim levels with the LX-E having disc brakes on all four wheels, a sport suspension and an engine capacity of 1.8 liters. The second-generation Escort models were among the first Ford cars company
to incorporate an engine capacity of 1.9 liters with the innovation of an Electronic Distributor less Ignition System. There was also an advanced four speed automatic transmission, which was electronically controlled.
The third generation of Escort
models introduced the sporty coupe version, which was known as the ZX2. Ford
was planning to allure young car enthusiasts by launching this model. The car had a Zetecd DOHC four-cylinder engine with a capacity of 2.0 liters and capable of generating a speed output of 130 horsepower. There was also the ZX2 S/R, which also acquired an excellent reputation for combining performance and stylish design.