by Mark Nobes, chief editor
However, one model in the range that was most definitely worth considering was the 1.6i. This featured the very same engine as the sporty XR3i, but the insurance was a fair bit cheaper and it wasn't such a target for thieves. Apparently, though, the XR3i had a lower ratio gearbox which gave it more acceleration.
As with the Escort, in 1986 the Orion had a facelift and the second generation models had improved engines, new suspension and updated trim. High-end models had the added luxury of ABD brakes and a heated front windscreen. All models could now run on unleaded fuel without modifications.
Rear view of a 1984 Orion
Public Domain image of a 1986 Ford Orion - grey
Public Domain Photo (free to use) of a 1983 Ford Orion GL in Ocean Blue
A Ford Orion with it's bonnet up. I'm not suggesting for one minute that they were unreliable, though.
Although I wasn't a big Orion fan, I always thought this model looked quite smart. I especially like those pepperpot wheels (so 80s it hurts!), although the RS alloys on the 1600E were the smartest, by far.