Ford Escort Zx2 Parts and Ford Escort Zx2 Accessories
Fascinating Facts about the Ford Escort Zx2
- 1997 ushered in an all-new Ford Escort. Shedding off its hatchback look, the Escort transformed into a sporty coupe. Ford made this move to create a niche among a younger market. This made a lot of sense since there were people who wanted to drive a stylish automobile that can perform well yet won't cost too much. And so the Escort was redesigned, which paved the way for the Ford Escort Zx2. It proved to be a smart move, as it grew really popular among young drivers.
- The Ford Escort Zx2 was considered as the successor of the Ford Probe, which was a sport compact car. However, because the Escort Zx2 was targeted at a younger generation of drivers, it also served as the replacement for the Ford Escort GT.
- This sports coupe was entirely built at Ford's assembly plant at Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
- Ford also offered a limited number of the Escort Zx2's performance model, which was known as Zx2 S/R. It was the first ever joint project of Ford Racing and Ford Motor Company's Small Vehicle Center Product Development. Also, the Zx2 S/R was launched at the SEMA Import Auto Salon in the late 1990s.
- The first two units of the performance version of the Ford Escort Zx2 was sold in Columbus, Ohio and the next 108 in Southern California. However, the Zx2 S/R did not gain popularity in Canada. Out of the 2,110 units manufactured, only 35 were purchased in Canada.
- In 2001, the Ford Escort Zx2 was only available in fleet sales. And by 2003, its moniker Escort was officially dropped and simply became Zx2. This was also the time when the Zx2 was completely revamped. And not long after, Ford decided to remove the Zx2 from its original lineup due to low sales.
- The Ford Escort, which was the predecessor of the sporty Escort Zx2, was actually the first front-wheel drive that Ford built in North America. It also holds the record of being one of the first Ford vehicles that featured a distributorless ignition, which was better known as EDIS or Electronic Distributorless Ignition.