December 5, 2003
Ford announces changes to 2005 Focus
Detroit, Michigan – Ford announced a number of styling and engineering changes to the Ford Focus for the 2005 model year including a 24 percent increase in base-model horsepower and a 32 percent reduction in tailpipe emissions.
A new 136-horsepower, 2.0-litre Duratec 20 dual overhead cam, in-line four-cylinder (I-4) engine replaces both the base 110-horsepower, 2.0-litre single overhead cam I-4 engine and the available 130-horsepower, 2.0-litre Zetec DOHC I-4 engines offered since the North American debut of Focus in 2000.
A new Focus ZX4 ST model will be added – the new sedan will marry chassis components from Ford of Europe’s Focus ST170 and SVT Focus with a 150-horsepower, 2.3-litre version of Ford’s new four cylinder engine family.
For 2005, the Focus will again offer four body styles but with new, simpler model and trim designations. The range includes a three-door hatchback (ZX3), a four-door sedan (ZX4), a five-door hatchback (ZX5) and a station wagon (ZXW). The entry-level trim series is S, followed by SE and SES, which have higher levels of standard equipment and unique options.
“We have refined the Focus’ exterior styling and given it a smart new interior with a very clean, very contemporary instrument panel design,” said Focus Chief Engineer John Sidelko. “We have taken a great handling car and made it steer, ride and stop better. And we’ve backed up a great chassis with some of the most sophisticated, powerful and