Ford Escort Engine
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Ford brought the Escort to market in 1981. By the second generation 1991-1996 sales were strong and moving as Ford wanted. This generation of Escort offered a 1.8 liter DOHC engine that was used in the Escort GT, Mercury Tracer and the Mazda 323. The Mazda protégé shared the same platform as the Escort but the drivetrain components were different. The 1.9 liter SOHC motor was made for the base type Escort for price economy and gas mileage. For the 5 years of production for this generation Escort Ford used the same engine and transmission. The body styles offered in this year span were the 3-door hatchback, 4-door sedan, 4-door station wagon, and the 5-door hatchback models.
The third and final generation of Escort received new engine types and dropped some models. The 1.9 liter SOHC engine was replaced with the 2.0 liter Split Port design. This engine was almost identical to the Ford Focus with the exception of mounting holes on the cylinder head. The 1.8 liter was also discontinued and was upgraded to a 2.0 Zetec DOHC motor. The Escort GT was re-badged with the names Escort ZX2 and was coupe body style. The 3-doorhatchback and 5-door hatchback were dropped from the Escort line. The Escort ZX2 was similar in performance and handling with the Ford Contour and the Mercury Mystic. Even though the Escort ZX2 shared a Zetec 2.0, the engine was would only fit the Escort and no other Ford car. This was due to block and head configuration including the different fuel injection system. In 2001 the Escort ZX2 was renamed the ZX2 and was offered for the first time in a sedan. This was an attempt to offer the car for fleet sales but was not successful. The Ford Focus has much stronger sales so Ford quietly stopped making the Escort line in 2002.