The KN Laser was introduced to Australia in Feb of 1999 and the facelifted KQ that followed was a current model until September 2002. Check out our articles on the final Laser models below.
The Ford KN and KQ Lasers were offered in both sedan and hatchback form and were the final form of the Laser name in Australia to date - ending the 21-year run of the nameplate. The KN was introduced in Feb of 1999 and was produced by in Japan by Mazda, based on the 323 Protégé sedan and Astina hatch. Buyers were able to choose between a 1.6L LXi and 1.8L GLXi - the latter of which had four disc brakes . The range saw some new colours in Jan of the following year and the base LXi variant got some nicer velour trim and central locking as standard.
The KQ series followed in April 2001 as a facelifted KN. It did bring with it the introduction of two sporty hatchback variants - the SR and SR2, which featured the KN's 1.8L and a new 2.0L engine respectively along with ABS as standard. ABS was now optional on all other models and a front passenger airbag was standard on everything but the LXi, where it was an option. The suspension saw some upgrades as did the body structure to improve performance in side impacts. The KQ lasted until September 2002 where it was replaced by the European Focus.
Both the 1.6L and 1.8L variants are dual-overhead-camshaft, 16-valve aluminium head affairs with multipoint fuel injection. Here's what we have on their servicing.