1 Apr 2001
By CHRIS HARRIS
This is the last of the Laser series. Ford added a passenger airbag to the GLXi’s specification, while the LXi now included a CD player and immobiliser.
Notably, the R became the SR and gained the 92kW 1.8L engine, while a new 98kW twin-cam 2.0L engine, sports suspension, anti-lock brakes and sports instrumentation mark out the SR2 series.
Sales rose slightly but by early 2002 Ford Australia decided to replace the once all-conquering Laser with the European Focus.
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Ford 2001 Laser SR 5-dr hatch
More show than go, the Laser SR retains the KQ GLXi's 1.8-litre twin-cam engine
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Ford 2001 Laser SR2 5-dr hatch
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When it was new