The all-new 2000 Ford Focus, which debuted Oct. 1, is a small car designed to meet the truck craze head on.
Ford designers and engineers borrowed truck attributes in creating the small car that replaces the Ford Escort.
The Focus' high roofline, raised seating position and tall, wide doors are a response to drivers accustomed to the command seating position and roominess of minivans and sport-utilities.
The Focus, which rides on an all-new platform, comes in three-door, sedan and station wagon versions. Except for minor items required by governmental regulation, the North American Focus is identical to the European model, which already has been on sale.
Engine choices are a Zetec 16-valve, double-overhead-cam, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that delivers 130 hp or a single-overhead-cam, 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 107 hp.
Antilock brakes are standard on the image-leading ZTS sedan and optional on other models. Side airbags are also optional.
Prices range from $12,280 for the three-door ZX3 to $15,580 for the ZTS sedan. Base stickers on the 1999 Escorts were $11,870 to $13,705. All prices include destination charges.