2005 Ford Focus ZX4 ST
WAYNE, Mich. - The Ford Focus, a favorite of enthusiast drivers and lately recognized as one of the highest quality small cars available, will receive major design and engineering improvements for the 2005 model year, Ford Motor Company Executive Vice President Jim Padilla told a gathering of 500 Ford employees, state and local government officials and United Auto Workers leaders at the company's Wayne Assembly and Stamping Plant today.
Focus is one of six new Ford and Lincoln-Mercury vehicles - five cars and a crossover - that will launch in next year, following the complete redesign of the company's sport utility vehicles that began in 2002 and the launch of two new minivans and the all-new F-150 pickup this year.
"The all-new and freshened 2005-model vehicles alone will deliver more than 1.2 million units of volume - that means nearly one-third of our U.S. sales will be from new designs," Padilla said. "When you include the new F-150, Mercury Monterey and Ford Freestar, which just hit the market, that number is closer to two million. That means half of our Ford, Mercury and Lincoln volume in the U.S. - or one-third of all Ford Motor Company vehicles sold worldwide - is new."
2005 Ford Focus ZX4 ST
Ford Focus: Quality, Performance and Refinement
Since Focus was launched in North America as a 2000 model, auto enthusiasts have frequently praised the car for its sporty handling, modern design and exceptionally roomy cabin. In each model year, Ford advanced the basic concept, and improved quality. Today, J.D. Power and Associates ranks Focus well above the industry average in its Initial Quality Study.
Focus Chief Engineer John Sidelko said the priority for 2005 was to add more refinement to areas customers can see, and make a bold statement in what they feel and hear - particularly in the "stop and go" department.
"We have refined the Focus' exterior styling and given it a smart new interior with a very clean, very contemporary instrument panel design. 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 'green' four-cylinder engines you can buy in any car," he said.
For 2005, Focus will again offer four unique 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.
New for 2005, a Focus ZX4 ST performance sedan has been added to the line up. This sedan will marry chassis components from Ford of Europe's Focus ST170 and the SVT Focus with a 150-horsepower, 2.3-liter Duratec engine.
Cleaner, Greener and Meaner Engines
The 2005 Focus, like all other vehicles Ford will launch in 2004, will benefit from the company's "Revolution Under the Hood" - a massive undertaking that began about four years ago to improve powertrain performance, refinement, fuel economy and emissions.
Ford estimates that the 2005 Focus fleet will produce 32 percent less smog-forming pollution than its 2004 fleet - which was already exceptionally clean. But at the same time, base horsepower will rise 24 percent and fuel economy is expected to improve slightly.
Three engines will be offered:
A new 136-horsepower, 2.0-liter Duratec 20 dual overhead cam, in-line four-cylinder (I-4) engine replaces both the base 110-horsepower, 2.0-liter single overhead cam I-4 engine and the available 130-horsepower, 2.0-liter Zetec DOHC I-4 engines offered since the North American debut of Focus in 2000.
In California, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine, a super-clean 20E version of the Duratec 20 is the standard engine. All Focuses powered by the Duratec 20E meet California's Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle tailpipe standard and have zero fuel system evaporative emissions in order to qualify as a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle. This means the 20E version of Focus is cleaner than some hybrid electric vehicles.
A 150-horsepower 2.3-liter Duratec 23 DOHC I-4 engine will power the new Focus ST performance sedan, which will be available in all 50 states. This free-revving engine is derived from the same family as the Duratec 20 but its larger displacement and performance-tuned exhaust help it produce 10 percent more horsepower. Torque is 153 foot-pounds, a 16 percent increase for exceptionally strong off-the-line and mid range acceleration.
The Duratec 20 and 20E are available with a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic. Focus ST is offered with the Duratec 23 engine and a five-speed manual. Horsepower and torque figures are estimates.
Clean, Modern and Refined Design
Every 2005 Focus receives a new front-end treatment that picks up cues from Ford's new flagship sedan, the Five Hundred, which will be unveiled at the 2004 North American International Auto Show in January, and Ford of Europe's Mondeo.
Focus designer Larry Erickson calls the look more upscale and aspirational. The new hood and fenders fall away less sharply than the original design so the car appears more substantial, particularly in a three-quarter view. Detail changes include new headlamps with reshaped clear lenses, a larger grille with a new crosshatch pattern ringed in chrome, and a new fascia that incorporates a wide lower air intake and new round fog lamps.
To better resist dents and dings, a new harder steel alloy is used for the hood, and the plastic fascia is 11 percent thicker. Sedan models also receive new taillamps and a new rear bumper fascia that looks sportier and has a more finely detailed lower valance.
(Dec. 4, 2003)