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Introduced for the 2000 model year, the European-designed Focus quickly displaced the Escort as Ford’s top-selling passenger car. Reworked as an early 2005 model, the front-wheel-drive compact has a simplified group of model designations in four body styles. They include a ZX3 three-door hatchback, ZX5 five-door hatchback, ZX4 sedan and ZXW wagon. Trim levels include the entry-level S, midrange SE and upscale SES.

Ford dropped the high-performance SVT Focus as the 2004 model year began. For 2005, a new ZX4 ST sedan rides on a performance-oriented suspension that borrows components from both the SVT Focus and the European Focus ST170. The ZX4 ST’s new 151-horsepower, 2.3-liter four-cylinder is said to be twice as clean as the standard for Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles.

In regular Focus models, a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 136 hp replaces both the base 110-hp and optional 130-hp versions of 2004. In five states with strict emissions requirements, a 130-hp, 20E version of this engine is installed.

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