The Car Connection preview of the 2005 Focus details the significant freshening of the popular econo car, from the slightly taller, chunkier exterior, to the less radical, more streamlined interior, to the three new engine choices: a standard 2.0 liter Duratec PZEV (Partial Zero Emission Vehicle) with 130 hp and (Ford claims) zero fuel-system evaporative emissions; a second, even cleaner version of this same Duratec that will be sold in states requiring Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicles like New York and California; and a performance powerplant dispatching 154 hp, to be implemented in the ST model, which replaces the outgoing SVT. New available luxuries include an MP3 player, heated seats, and a bigger gas tank. As with last year's Foci, the 2005s will arrive in a multitude of configurations: sedan, three- and five-door hatches, and wagon, with pricing that begins at $13,550 and runs to just over $18,000.

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