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Ford U.K. and Ford Germany combined their forces under the new Ford of Europe name and jointly developed Cortina's third generation, and their efforts paid off.

Launched in 1970, the Cortina marked a turning point for the blue-oval brand in Europe. It was inspired by the Coca-Cola bottle design trendy in the U.S. and introduced new engines and technologies. It was available as a coupe, four-door sedan, and station-wagon to answer all the market's needs and, starting with 1972. It was Britain's best-selling car until 1976 when the Escort overtook it.

The boxy design of the Cortina MKII was gone, and the new look took its inspiration from the European Taunus model. Its curved lines over the front and rear fenders made the vehicle looks more muscular. While it wasn't longer than its predecessor, it featured a longer wheelbase, and it was 100 mm (4") wider. The rear windscreen was sloped more than before, and that led to a sportier look.

But it wasn't just a sportier exterior look. Inside, the carmaker installed a new dashboard and a raised area for the instrument panel. Depending on the engine size and trim level, the dials were either installed on a panel or scooped down in a binocular style. The carmaker mounted a panel on the center stack with other gauges in addition to the speedometer, tachometer, and clock. The interior room was adequate, thanks to its longer wheelbase than before.

Under the hood, Ford installed a wide range of engines, depending on the market. While the base model still featured the old 1.3-liter from its predecessor, there were a few new engines with overhead cams (OHC). Another significant improvement was on the comfort side, where the Cortina MK3 received a double-wishbone suspension.
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FORD Cortina 1970 - 1976
  3 gasoline engines
  • 1.3L 4MT (68 HP)
  • 1.6L 4MT (69 HP)
  • 2.0L 4MT (99 HP)

FORD Cortina 1.3L 4MT (68 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.3L 4MT (68 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1298 cm3
Power
43 KW @ 5500 RPM
58 HP @ 5500 RPM
58 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
67 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
91 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
85 mph (137 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
23 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
155/80 R 13
DIMENSIONS
Length
167.7 in (4260 mm)
Width
67 in (1702 mm)
Height
52 in (1321 mm)
Front/rear Track
56/56 in (1,422/1,422 mm)
Wheelbase
101.6 in (2581 mm)
Cargo Volume
17 cuFT (481 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.47
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2083 lbs (945 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
22.6 mpg US (10.4 L/100Km)
Highway
28.3 mpg US (8.3 L/100Km)
Combined
23.5 mpg US (10 L/100Km)

FORD Cortina 1.6L 4MT (69 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 4MT (69 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1599 cm3
Power
51 KW @ 5200 RPM
69 HP @ 5200 RPM
68 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque
85 lb-ft @ 2600 RPM
115 Nm @ 2600 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
92 mph (148 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
155/80 R 13
DIMENSIONS
Length
167.7 in (4260 mm)
Width
67 in (1702 mm)
Height
52 in (1321 mm)
Front/rear Track
56/56 in (1,422/1,422 mm)
Wheelbase
101.6 in (2581 mm)
Cargo Volume
17 cuFT (481 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.47
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2116 lbs (960 kg)

FORD Cortina 2.0L 4MT (99 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 4MT (99 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1993 cm3
Power
73 KW @ 5500 RPM
99 HP @ 5500 RPM
98 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
111 lb-ft @ 3500 RPM
150 Nm @ 3500 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
105 mph (169 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
155/80 R 13
DIMENSIONS
Length
167.7 in (4260 mm)
Width
67 in (1702 mm)
Height
52 in (1321 mm)
Front/rear Track
56/56 in (1,422/1,422 mm)
Wheelbase
101.6 in (2581 mm)
Cargo Volume
17 cuFT (481 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.47
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2205 lbs (1000 kg)
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