The different models offered for sale were a standard 1.6 or 1.8, a 1.8 automatic, and a 1.8 sport which had a six speed gear box and 16″ alloys as standard. Once again the spec improved with things like ABS, immobilisers, electric windows and seatbelt pretensioners all being fitted as standard. In October 2002, this was further enhanced with the introduction of ISO-fix child seat mounting points being added to the passenger seat, electric heated mirrors, electric aerial and a cloth soft top instead of Vinyl. The 1.8i sport gained Bilstein sports suspension and a chrome fuel filler cap, with built in sat nav being offered as an option for the first time.
As with previous models, there were a number of Mk2.5 special editions released including the Phoenix, Arizona, Montana, Nevada and Indiana (are you spotting a trend here?!). Other special editions produced included the very high spec 2002 Trilogy of which 333 were made, and signifying past, present and future, all were supplied with a solid silver keyring containing three .25 carat diamonds; the Angels, launched in 2003 was in celebration of the film Charlies Angels; and lastly in 2005 the Icon was released before production of the Mk2.5 ended.
So which model do you have?
|Model||Model Code||Production Dates||Main Distinguishing Features|
|Mk1||NA||1989 – 1998||Pop up head lights|
|Mk2||NB||1998 – 2000||Fixed headlights|
|Mk2.5||NB-FL||2001 – 2005||Openings for fog lamps in the front bumper|
|Mk3||NC||2005 – 2008||Complete redesign with the car being longer and wider|
|Mk3.5||NC-FL||2009 – 2013||Larger grille opening and “leaf” shaped fog lamp openings|
|Mk3.75||NC-FL2||2013 – 2015||Even larger grille opening and squarer fog lamp openings|
|Mk4||ND||2015 on||Awesome new looks|