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ZX2 lives

Ford made the best of what it did not have by using the Escort name which was well known for the ZX2.
Thus they did not have to spend the advertising dollars that they did not have for this car when they launched.
On the other hand by calling it the Escort, they alienated many potential buyers of the car. Those would be the young folks who would normally be attracted to Acura Integras, Honda Civic SIs, Neon ACRs, etc. Since Escort is not normally associated with performance cars in the US. (not the case in UK with the Cosworth rally cars)

Today Ford calls it the ZX2 period. The Escort name plate does not even appear on 2001 model.

The ZX2 does not share a single exterior body panel, nor headlights, not even the windshield with the Escort. The engine is different, a 2.0L DOHC engine Zetec (which is now used with a few modifications in the Focus ZTS and ZX3).

What it shares is the platform which is a previous generation Mazda 323 (not Protege) platform. This platform was used in the Ford Escort, Mercury (Ford Australia) Capri convertible, and Mazda MX3.
In some other countries this platform also was the basis for a Ford Laser.

Job 1 for the 2002 ZX2 is in July 2001.
Assembly plant in Hermosillo Mexico.
Thus, the ZX2 will live on until next year.
There are rumours that a modified 2-door Focus coupe (with a trunk) will become the ZX2 for 2003.
Speculations of the form range from a Ford Puma and Cougar like body to just a simple 2-door Focus.

ZX2 enthusiasts like their cars because of the engine's performance with the 127lb.ft of tq available across the rpm range, because of its 130 hp, and its 0-60 of 7.4 seconds. Oh and it sits 3 inches lower than the Focus.
 

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XR2

Ok, since no Brit has answered, I will.
XR2 was a two door Escort hatchback that I believe was not sold in North America (I could be wrong!). They are built off the European Escort platform, not the Mazda 323 platform that the American machines are based on.

1.8L DOHC 115hp
0-60 9.3secs.

Does anyone remember back to early 80's, could be they were imported to US then?
 

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Re: XR2

HAGS said:
Capri XR2 is not a ZX2, it is an australian built 2 door turbo-charged convertible made by mercury(ford). etc
HAGS:
Your Capri is an XR2, and so are several Escorts and Fiestas over the years.
It's like a model of a car, or package option.
Sort of like SE, LX, etc. that Ford likes to use cause it sounds good.

If you look at some of the British Ford fan web sites, you might see the wide variety of Escorts, Cortinas, Granadas, Scorpios, etc.

The original Capri was a British Ford coupe version of the 70's Cortina.
It was a rear wheel drive car.

And then later, Mercury imported several other European Fords as Merkur XR2i, XR3i, XR4ti etc. although they were originally Escort, Scorpio, etc.

But don't rely on what I say, cause I'm hazy over stuff that's twenty years old and it can get really confusing as some cars were sold here in US, but others weren't and they had the same names for different cars, etc. etc.

Take a look at the different sites listed at:

http://www.ultimatetopsites.com/kewl/ford/
 
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