SCRAPPED 1996 Ford Contour GL
The first model show was held in 1994. In 1997, the body and interior of the car underwent an easy modernization.
Contour - the car of the middle class with a transverse engine. It has two body styles: four-door sedan and five-door hatchback. Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions are available.
American brother of the European Ford Mondeo. For the first time in the practice of Ford, cars for Europe and America are almost identical. Especially they are similar from a technical point of view. For example, both cars are assembled on the same platform - the design of the floor, sills, chassis and other power body elements are exactly the same. However, cars are very different from each other in appearance. In Contour differently decided design of the front and rear. As a true "American" Contour is characterized by a luxurious interior with a mass of electric drives and additional equipment such as coasters or an elite radio tape recorder. In the cabin there is some composure. The color scheme of the internal space of the car as it unites the dashboard and the seat into one. The driver's seat is adjustable in length and angle of the back, and the steering column has a fixed position.
Visibility from the driver's seat is good in all directions, the road is clearly visible from the front, the front roof pillars do not interfere when cornering, and from the rear-view mirrors you can create an exhaustive picture of what is happening behind your back while driving.
The dimensions of the car allow you to comfortably sit in the back seat, including tall passengers. The trunk is roomy, and separately folding rear seat backs make the cargo room even more roomy.
The main advantage of the car is a reinforced MacPherson-type front suspension - with a stabilizer bar and a rear multi-link Quadralink also equipped with a stabilizer, plus powerful engines. At the heart of the Contour is a strong 16-valve 4-cylinder 2.0 liter engine and a prestigious 2.5-liter 24-valve V6.
Standard equipment includes ABS. Front brakes - ventilated disc, rear - drum. Automatic transmission 4-speed, with electronic control and the ability to select two modes - sports or economical.
In motion, the Ford Contour feels remotely reminiscent of the Mondeo. But Contour is “American,” and in this he is true to himself. A soft suspension, an American-style steering wheel and an automatic gearbox are features that make it possible to unmistakably determine the nationality of a car.
In service, it is noteworthy that almost all parts are interchangeable with the European "Mondeo". In addition to body panels.
Since 2000, the model Contour collected only in Mexico. Now all cars are equipped with only a 2.5-liter V6 engine with a power of 172 and 203 hp, which accelerates the car to 100 km / h in 7.9 seconds. (SVT performance).