My local dealer was kind enough to send me a brochure for the 2005 Canadian
models, and I, naturally, focused most of my attention on the wagon version.
Except for the nose, the exterior remains unchanged. The new instrument
panel will probably look bland to anyone familiar with the previous model
(although there will finally be a CD holder). The engine choices are
different, and the front brakes and suspension will be tweeked. There will
be some new paint colours and fabric patterns.
It seems all wagons will be dubbed "ZXW's" with SE and SE/S (?) as available
trim levels. Even the tail lights will remain unchanged (the sedan appears
to get new ones though).
This will just be a light freshening-up of the North American version, but
the Focus sold here will have very little in common with the European
I'm happy enough with my 2000 wagon that I'm not counting the days untill
the '05s arrive. If I were looking to upgrade, I don't think the new model
would be the answer for me. Still, it won't hurt to take a look ...