Several Ford vehicles have been revised for the 1998 model year. Among the most notable changes is a series of design and trim level tweaks have been introduced to the Ford Explorer for 1998. Six-cylinder powered Explorer sport utility vehicles receive a five-speed automatic transmission for the first time. Ford's leading family sedan, the Taurus, receives a mild styling retuning as well as simplified trim level range. Along with a facelifted appearance for the 1998 Ford Contour, the sedan debuts with an SVT performance model. Suited for the sport compact performance enthusiast crowd, 1998 includes the all-new Escort ZX2 coupe. The Ranger compact pickup truck is a recipient of an extensive redesign and re-engineering resulting in a new front end styling, larger cab as well as the return of the styleside bed. A popular vehicle among fleet and law enforcement, the rear-wheel drive Ford Crown Victoria has been completely redesigned for 1998 assuming a squarer appearance compared to the previous variant.