Front-wheel drive Hatchbacks: 1.2i Merit, Merit E-Drive; LS and GLS (45 bhp); 1.4i LS and Flair (60 bhp); 1.4 SRi and GLS (82 bhp); 1.5 D Merit (50 bhp); 1.5 TD LS and GLS (67 bhp); 1.6i GSi 16v (109 bhp). 5-speed gearbox except on 4-speed 1.2i Merit (close-ratio gearbox on 1.4i GLS, 1.4i SRi and 1.6 GSi), independent front suspension, torsion beam rear suspension (with rear anti-roll bar except 1.2i), rack and pinion steering (PAS on 1.4i GLS, 1.5 TD and 1.6 GSi, optional on other 1.4i and 1.5 D models), disc/drum brakes (disc brakes with ABS on GSi, optional on all except Merit models). Merit has remote-adjustable mirrors, headlamp levelling, cloth trim. LS has split/fold rear seats, black bodyside mouldings, stereo, external temperature gauge. GLS has tinted glass, central locking, height-adjustable driver's seat, wider wheels. Flair has sports steering wheel, wider wheels and distinctive trim. SRi has most GLS features plus rear spoiler and red bodyside strip. GSi 16v has body-colour bumpers and side skirts, alloy wheels, integral front fog lamps, alarm/immobiliser (optional on other models).
4-speed dual-mode automatic transmission optional on 1.4i (60 bhp) Merit, LS and GLS models.
Driver's airbag optional on all models.
Special edition 1.2i 'Swing' models launched in UK. New prices: 3-door 4-speed £6995; 3-door 5-speed £7295; 5-door 5- speed £7695. Used and Trade values: 3-door 4-speed approx. 7% higher than standard 1.2i Merit 3-door; 5-speed models approx. 10% higher than comparable Merit 4-speed models.
Revisions: gas shock absorbers, optional passenger airbag on all models; rear wash/wipe, stereo radio on Merit; close-ratio gearbox on 1.2i LS/GLS; airbag on GLS/SRi/GSi; 16-valve 90 bhp engine on 1.4i GLS/SRi; two-way 'cat' on 1.5 D models; modified low exhaust emission 106 bhp engine on 1.6 GSi.
SRi and GSi now have engine deadlock immobiliser.
Special edition 1.2 'Breeze' 5-speed models launched, based on Merit. New prices: 3-door £7440, 5-door £7840. Used and Trade values similar to 1.2 LS models.
1.4i CDX 5-door (90 bhp) launched with sunroof, alloy wheels, body-colour bumpers/mirrors, elec front windows and mirrors, twin airbags, CD, immobiliser and velour/leather trim.
Long-running front drive hatchback. 1.2, 1.4 petrol engines, 1.5TD diesel. Merit, LS and Envoy spec. Special edition 1.2 Arizona 5 speed based on Merit - used values slightly lower than 1.2 LS models. 1.2 Twist launched - used values similar to Merit. 1.4i 16v Sport launched with uprated suspension, rear spoiler, sunroof, elec windows/mirrors, sports instruments, driver's airbag. 1.2i Merit has standard 5 speed gearbox. Special editions: 1.2i Spin - used values similar to 1.2i Merit. 1.2i and 1.4i Montana - used values similar to LS models.
Special edition Premier 1.2i 3 door (£7750) and 1.4i 5 door (£8250) launched in UK. Used values: 1.2i approx. 7% higher than 1.2i Merit 3door; 1.4i similar to 1.2i LS 5 door. 1.7D (60bhp) Merit and LS launched. 1.7D LS has standard PAS. Optional auto plus PAS available on 1.4i Merit/LS. Special edition 1.2i Trip launched. Used values similar to Merit. Special edition Vegas 1.2i launched - used values similar to LS models.
Revised range with restyled front and rear, uprated suspension, new interior trim. 1.6i Sport launched. Special edition 1.0i Sting launched with 3 cylinder 55bhp engine. Used values slightly higher than 1.2i Merit. Special editions: Breeze 1.2 3 door and 1.4 5 door. Used values 5% higher than 1.2 Merit 3/5 door models. 1.0 Merit/LS models launched, mechanically as earlier 1.0i Sting.
1.0 GLS launched. Special editions: 1.0 Trip - used values similar to 1.0 Merit. Breeze 1.0, 1.4 3/5 door and 1.7D 5 door - used values 5% higher than comparable Merit models. 1.4i Cabriolet launched with PAS, central locking and padded roll cage. 1.2 16v models (65bhp) replace 1.4i 60bhp cars. Envoy 1.0 12v, 1.2 16v and 1.7D models replace Merit models. Special edition 1.2 16v SXi 3 door - used values slightly higher than 1.2 16v LS.
GLS models available with 1.7 diesel. CDX available in 3 or 5 door. Special 1.5 TD SXi 3 door - used values 5% higher than 1.7D GLS 3 door.