Both trim packages were largely similar, though the LS was exclusive to four-doors.
The new option appeared in 1968: Ford's first factory-installed electric sunroof.
For the next three generations, the Cougar coupe and Thunderbird became model counterparts until the end of the 1997 model year.The car's Montego heritage was fairly evident from the sides and back.The XR-7 roofline was distinguished from standard Cougar coupes by narrower hardtop windows and the use of louvers on the forward section of the opera windows.30 To optimize its handling capabilities, the XR7 was fitted with many model-specific features.Introduced with the music of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass' "The Work Song the Cougar was a sales success from its introduction and helped the Lincoln-Mercury Division's 1967 sales figures substantially.Comfort and performance options available for the Cougar included the "Tilt-Away" steering wheel that swung up and out of the way when the driver's door was opened, the transmission in "park and the ignition was off, 5 and from 1971, a power driver's seat.While retaining a common chassis, a primary objective for designers was to maximize the visual differentiation between the Thunderbird and Cougar.This included the 390 cu in (6.4 L) V8, as well as a performance handling package and other performance enhancements.19 Within Mercury, the Cougar was slotted above the Capri and below the two-door Grand Marquis (both would be discontinued during its production).The bodysides received wide body-colored cladding.In total, Mercury produced 5,002 20th Anniversary Cougars; 800 were reserved for Canada.Twin Comfort Lounge reclining seats, with or without velour cloth trim, were the only major change for the interior.By 1972, the climate had begun to change as the muscle car era ended."Cougar Club of America production statistics courtesy of Marti Auto Works".Flat Rock Assembly flat Rock, Michigan ) from 1999 to 2002.
Power figures continued to change, as new federal/ EPA regulations began their stranglehold on the V8 engines.
Slotted between the Ford Mustang and the Ford Thunderbird, the Cougar was the performance icon and eventually the icon for the Mercury name for several decades.
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For its fifth and sixth generations, the Cougar adopted the compact Fox platform.A 351 cu in (5.8 L) four-barrel Windsor V8 was standard, with the 390 four-barrel V8, the 428CJ, and the Boss 302 available as options.A b c d e f g h i j k l "cool cats Celebrating The 1983-88 Mercury Cougar".Optional was the 264 hp (197 kW) 351 Cobra Jet.In 2002, Ford announced another restructuring of its model line, with 2002 marking the final year for the Cougar, Mercury Villager, Lincoln Continental, and Ford Escort.24 1985 Mercury Cougar LS 1985 Mercury Cougar LS, rear 1986 Mercury Cougar LS 1986 Mercury Cougar 1988 Mercury Cougar LS Interior edit For its 1983 launch, to lower production costs, the sixth-generation Cougar was required to carry over interior parts from the Cougar XR7.29 Along with a limited-slip rear axle, the only options offered were a power moonroof, power antenna, illuminated entry, keyless entry, automatic climate control, and an engine block heater.Other changes included revised tail light bezels, new front bumper and front fender extensions, and larger, recessed side markers.30 Developed from the second quarter of 1984, as a counterpart of the tenth-generation Ford Thunderbird, the 2 billion redesign of the two vehicles was intended to create handling benchmarked against far more expensive coupes (BMW 6-Series, Mercedes-Benz 560SEC, Jaguar XJS) while remaining in the.29 The 20th Anniversary Cougar was fitted with the.9L V8, sport-handling suspension with quad rear shocks (derived from the XR7) and 15-inch alloy wheels (from the Mustang GT, painted gold)."About the Ford Cougar".Mercury division of, ford from 1967 to 1997 and from 1999 to 2002.The new standard Cougar engine was a 250-horsepower 351 Windsor.As a revision of the station wagon rear bodywork was too extensive, the Cougar/LTD II wagons adopted the redesigned 1977 front fascia on the bodywork of the previous Montego station wagon.
The GS package focused on appearance, while the LS package offered luxury touches such as power windows, keyless entry external number pad, and other luxury trim touches.
36, Mercury revised the Cougar model line, with the XR7 becoming the sole trim level, dropping the LS and the monochromatic sport-oriented XR7 (eliminating some overlap with the Ford Thunderbird).