Ford Zeta engine

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Developed in the late 1980s by the Ford Motor Company, the Ford Zeta engine was a straight-4, double overhead cam internal combustion engine with which Ford had intended to replace the analogous Pinto and CVH models.

Ford designed the Zeta to share some parts with other Ford engine developments at the time, including the smaller Sigma I-4 and Duratec V6. This engine shares its bore and stroke dimensions with the 2-valve CVH engine. Ford Power Products sells the Zeta in 1.8 L and 2.0 L versions as the MVH.

Production of the engines, renamed Zetec, began at Ford's Bridgend plant in Wales in September 1991, with later production added at Cologne, Germany in 1992 and Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico, in 1993. The first Zetecs displaced 1.8 L, with a 2.0 L version arriving quickly afterwards. The final Zeta Zetec was produced on December 10, 2004 at the Bridgend factory with over 3,500,000 built at that location.

The engine fits the Ford T9, B5/iB5, Cd4E and MTX-75 gearboxes using the same bell bolt pattern as the Crossflow.

Overview of applications

Zetec manufacturing facilities
Factory Market
Bridgend, Wales Europe
Cologne, Germany Europe
Valencia, Spain Europe
Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico North America
Jhongli City, Taiwan Asia
São Paulo, Brazil South America
Inonu, Turkey Various


The 2.0 L Zetec shared its 84.8 mm (3.339 in) bore and 88 mm (3.465 in) stroke with its predecessor, the 2.0 L 2-valve CVH.

A high 10.2:1 compression ratio and larger valves contributed to the SVT version's much-higher output.


  • 1998-2003 Ford Escort ZX2, 130 hp (97 kW) and 127 ft·lbf (172 Nm)
  • 1999-2000 Ford Escort ZX2 S/R, 143 hp (107 kW) and 146 ft·lbf (198 Nm)
  • 2000 Ford Focus, 130 hp (97 kW) and 135 ft·lbf (183 Nm)
  • 2002 SVT Focus, 170 hp (127 kW) and 145 ft·lbf (197 Nm)
  • 1995-2000 Ford Contour
  • 1995-2000 Mercury Mystique

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