Mercury Cougar alternatives
Latest model: Mercury Cougar Zn 2001
The decline of personal luxury vehicles downsized the Mercury Cougar to return as a sports vehicle after 25 years as a personal luxury vehicle. Of the three names that had constituted Ford's personal luxury lineup, Mark, Thunderbird, and Mercury Cougar, the Mercury Cougar returned first. This time, it is based on the CDW-27 platform, the same platform that serves as the basis for the Ford Mondeo (ford Contour & Mercury Mystique in the US and Canada).
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Mercury Cougar details:
This generation of Mercury Cougar had a far more contemporary suite, with modern DOHC 4-valve engines, a fully independent multilink suspension, and front-wheel drive. This was also the first hatchback Mercury Cougar, and the first to have its own body, unshared by any Ford. The body layout used a philosophy Ford dubbed "new Edge" design: a mix of organic upper body lines with sharp, concave creases in the lower areas. The Mercury Cougar's body, and the New Edge idea in basic, was presented as a concept named the Mercury MC2 in 1997.
The 1999–2002 Mercury Cougars were available with two motor features, the 2. 0L Zetec 4-cylinder motor with 130 horsepower, and the 2. 5 L Duratec V6 with 170 horsepower. Also, two transaxle features were available: the manual Ford MTX-75 transmission (the only available feature with the 4-cylinder Zetec engine), or the automatic Ford CD4E transmission (available in the U. with either motor, although the I4/automatic combo was extremely rare; supposedly only 500 Mercury Cougars were built with the I4/auto combination). "sport Package" models with the V6 featured 4-wheel vented disc brakes (from the Contour SVT), and had no speed governor installed.
Ford also prepared two high performance concept-only versions dubbed the "eliminator", which was a supercharged version built with aftermarket available parts, and the "cougar S", which featured new body work, all-wheel drive and a 3. 0L Duratec motor.