The facelift left only the doors, the roof, and the rear quarter panels on the estate the same as the original model. Mk1 Model Year changes May 1994 A revised model line up was introduced as part of Ford launching a new 24v V6 engine version in the 24v and Ghia trim levels. Along with the Mercury Mystique, the Ford Contour is a derivation of a larger family car, the Ford Mondeo. Mondeo The Story Of The Global Car 1992. The saloon version featured some distinctive rear lights.
The automatic transmission featured electronic control with sport and economy modes plus switchable. Drivers like the Contour's steering and smooth automatic transmission. While officially classified a mid-size car, the Contour was among the smallest sedans in the segment, with its interior dimensions becoming a point of criticism. Three versions of the 16-valve engine were used. For a complete overview of all Mondeo models, see. Now all of the models received sporty suspensions. Anticipating this, Ford moved the Taurus upmarket with the release of the redesigned 1996 model, but poor customer reception to the new model's design and high price forced Ford to heavily discount it and continuously reduce its base price through its life, reviving the in-showroom competition between the two models.
Ford withdrew the Mondeo and exited the medium-sized markets in both continents in 2000, not to return until the 2005 launch of the in North America and the 2007 return of the Mondeo in Australia. The Ford Contour underwent changes for each model year. Tuning included a different throttle body, cams, flywheel, and upper manifold, to name a few. An alternative to the Zetec engines was the 1. Look for your trim level below to get a color-coded explanation of your tire size. Although not without merits, it was not seen as a strong competitor to other European diesels such as that produced by. Look for your trim level below to get a color-coded explanation of your tire size.
However, in 1999 it dipped into sixth place and had been outsold by its biggest rival, the. Mid-size car buyers were steered toward larger Taurus, while small car buyers purchased the smaller Focus. This was done to keep the engine used in Mazda vehicles to maintain a lower engine displacement based tax level in Japan. A lower-priced Contour was offered in 1997. The new car had to be good, and it had to sell. In , produced a version of the Mondeo known as the Mondeo M2000, which had a front end similar to the outgoing Mercury Mystique, but with Ford badges.
The Ford Focus then replaced the Contour after 2000. Customers in the Contour's price range were instead drawn to the which was larger and offered better value for money; large factory incentives on the outgoing Taurus throughout 1995 in anticipation of helped the Taurus cut into the Contour's initial market. Then pick the best tire size for your 1996 Ford Contour. The cars were generally too small for most Americans' tastes and enjoyed more success in Asian and European markets. United Auto Workers Local 387. Overview Ford introduced the Contour to the North American market in late 1994 to replace the aging. Previously loyal customers were already turning to rival European and Japanese products, and by the time of the Mondeo's launch, the future of Europe as a Ford manufacturing base was hanging in the balance.
This car shared the engines 2. They are five-seaters and can tow up to 1500 pounds. There are multiple tire sizes for your 1996 Ford Contour that depend upon the trim level. About the 1996 Ford Contour The Ford Contour is a compact four-door sedan that was marketed for the 1995 through 2000 model years. Compared to the debut model, the 1996 lacks chrome bumper strips but has more leg room and head space for rear passengers. It featured classic European efficiency and was priced for the middle market.
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. All three models added the model name to the rear door behind the passenger window with Mercury adding its brand emblem. There are multiple tire sizes for your 1996 Ford Contour that depend upon the trim level. Unlike the Sierra, the Mondeo is in its most common form, with a rarer version available on the Mk I car only. The Ford Contour was manufactured at Ford's busy Kansas City Assembly plant in Missouri. The bodykit option was listed as a delete option for those who did not want it fitted as standard. The Mondeo launched in New Zealand to replace the -based Telstar following the closure of the assembly plant in 1997.
Ford has not manufactured a direct replacement. Model Years Engine and type Displ. Compared to the debut model, the 1996 lacks chrome bumper strips but has more leg room and head space for rear passengers. A lower-priced Contour was offered in 1997. In 1997, the Mondeo was introduced into South Africa as a replacement for the Ford Telstar. Now all of the models received sporty suspensions. Even the extractor vents on the rear doors were replaced by a panel bearing the name Mondeo.