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Ford Contour
Ford
aka Ford Mondeo
Production 1995-2000
Class Compact
Body Style 4-Door Sedan
Length 183.9 Inches
Width 69.1 Inches
Height 54.4 Inches
Wheelbase 106.0 Inches
Weight 2,760-3,110 LBS
Transmission 4-Speed Automatic, FWD
5-Speed Manual, FWD
Engine 2.0L I4
2.5L V6
Power 125 HP - 200 HP
Similar Mercury Mystique
Platform CDW27

The Ford Contour was a North American variant of the European Ford Mondeo sedan sold by Ford Motor Company. It was sold in North America from 1995 through 2000. The platform also underpinned a Mercury version called Mystique and the 1999 to 2002 iteration of the Mercury Cougar. It was called the Contour in the US as Ford thought people would associate Mondeo with 'Rodeo'.

OverviewEdit

Ford introduced the Contour to the North American market in late 1994 to replace the aging Tempo. Like its predecessor, the Contour remained a compact car, according to the EPA. Development of the Contour, the nearly identical Mercury Mystique and the Mondeo in Europe was a major project for Ford Motor Company; reportedly US$6 billion was invested in the development of the CDW27 platform. The Contour filled the market and size gap between the Escort and the larger Taurus. The Contour was slightly larger than the Tempo and was only available as a sedan. By contrast, the European Mondeo was also available as a hatchback and a wagon.

Initially, three trim levels were available; a base GL, a more luxurious LX and a sporty SE trim. A 125 hp, 2.0 L Zetec inline four-cylinder engine was standard on the GL and LX models, while a 170 hp 2.5 L Duratec V6, originally designed as a Porsche project before it was sold to Ford, was standard on SE models and optional on the LX model. A 5-speed manual transmission was standard on all models, with a 4-speed automatic as an option. Prices ranged from about $14,000 for base GL versions to just under $20,000 for an SE with all available options.

However, in April 1996, Ford produced a "Sport" model in both the 2.0 L four-cylinder and 2.5 L V6. The "Sport" model was an option in both SE and GL series.

In 1998, Ford restyled the Contour and added the SVT version, which utilized a specially tuned and modified version of the 2.5 L V6 that produced 195 hp and was only available with a 5-speed manual transmission, making the Contour SVT one of the hottest numbers in its class. The restyle was based on the facelifted Mondeo which had been launched in Europe two years earlier. Also included with the SVT Contour was new bodywork, seats and trim, white-faced gauges, larger wheels with ultra high performance tires, upgraded brakes and a retuned suspension. Slowing sales in later model years prompted Ford to cut back production of the Contour, and by 2000 only the SE model and the SVT version remained. The Contour SVT was available primarily by special order by specially designated Ford dealerships

End Of the ContourEdit

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After the 2000 model year, the Contour was canceled because of decreasing sales, and the Kansas City plant was retooled to build the Ford Escape. Many editors remarked that the car, sized for Europe, had a small interior compared to peers such as the Dodge Stratus, though many praised the car for its European handling and V6 power. The Contour (alongside the Ford Escort) were replaced by the Focus as Ford's compact car. Mid-size car buyers were steered toward larger Taurus, while small car buyers purchased the smaller Focus. In reality, though, the departure of the Contour left a gap in Ford's lineup which wouldn't be filled until the 2006 introduction of the Fusion.

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