Ford Contour

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The Ford Contour is a passenger car manufactured and marketed by Ford Motor Company in North America. It was the American rendition of Ford’s CDW27 world car program that resulted also in Contour’s twin, the first-generation Ford Mondeo made and sold elsewhere around the globe. The Contour also had a Mercury version called Mercury Mystique. Both were available in 4-door sedan body style only. The Contour and Mystique replaced previous Ford’s North American mid-range models, the Ford Tempo and Mercury Topaz, and were classified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency? as compact cars.

The Contour and Mystique debuted in late 1994[citation needed] as 1995 models, and continued until 2000, when they went out of production without a direct replacement in Ford’s lineup in USA and Canada, while in Mexico Ford replaced the Contour with a locally manufactured variant of the European Ford Mondeo.

Development of the Contour, 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. While the Mondeo has been afforded three body styles (4-door sedan, 5-door liftback and a station wagon), the North American variants were developed as sedans only. The cars ended up slightly larger than the Tempo and Topaz.

Initially, three trim levels were available for the Contour a base GL, a more luxurious LX and a sporty SE trim. A 125 hp (93 kW), 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 was standard on SE models and optional on the GL and LX models. A 5-speed manual transmission was standard on all models, with a 4-speed automatic as an option. Prices ranged from about USD 14,000 for base GL versions to just under USD 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.

The Mystique was initially available in entry-level GS and upscale LS. An unnamed base model was also available from the 1997 through 1999 model years.[1]

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