Back by popular demand
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SIXTEEN months after it was dropped owing to a lack of demand, the 1.6-litre CVH petrol engine is once again being offered in Ford's Escort 55 van.
The 1,597cc overhead cam engine was originally deleted from the Escort van range in September 1983 as part of Ford of Europe's product rationalisation programme, when orders for the 1.6-litre-engined van fell to below 10 per cent of all Escort van production.
Pressure from Ford of Britain and from UK dealers faced with competition from the 1.6-litre petrol-engined Bedford Astra van has prompted its return. Maximum power for the Dagenham-built four-cylinder unit, which is also fitted in the Orion and Escort saloon cars, is 58kW (78hp) at 5,800rpm, while peak torque is 125Nm (92 lbft) developed at 3,300rpm.
The transverse-mounted CVH engine has a belt driven overhead camshaft and an aluminium cylinder head with selfadjusting hydraulic tappets.
Electronic ignition is fitted as standard as well as an automatic choke. The compression ratio of 9.5:1 is the same as the 1,296cc CVH Escort engine.
Price for a 1.6-litre petrol-engined Escort 55 van is £5,638, including vat.