However, the check-light system for low fuel, low oil, low coolant, low screenwash, and worn out brake pads was no longer fitted to any model.
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The car used Ford's contemporary design language of the period with the black louvred radiator grille and straked rear lamp clusters, as well as introducing the aerodynamic "bustle-back" bootlid stump trademarked by Ford sex themed hotels london Aeroback which would be further developed in the forthcoming Sierra and Scorpio ; the stump was proven to reduce the car's aerodynamic drag co-efficient significantly, which was a class leading 0.
However, the car wasn't mechanically an Escort, being based on the four-wheel drive Sierra floorpan and mechanicals, including its longitudinally mounted engine, and was merely clothed in body panels to resemble a Mark V.
Estate versions were mostly imported.
Rear suspension still sat on leaf springs though some contemporaries such as the Hillman Avenger had moved on to coil springs.
While offered in many model forms, the Escort, like the Cortinawas not popular on the Australian market, largely due to expanding competition from Japanese imports and the established preference of Australian drivers for larger six-cylinder vehicles.