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Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Coupe

The Mercury Cougar was a major step forward featuring the Mercury’s “New Edge” design.

Aesthetically, the new Cougar featured sharp styling cues and a round contour. At the front, the Cougar featured a pair of cat-eye headlamps, projector headlamps, a small grille and a lower air intake.

At the rear, blistered taillights added lots of style to the sporty coupe.

The first front-wheel-drive Cougar had a stylish and practical interior, with cloth covered seats that offered great comfort and good lateral support, even if they were a bit firm. The driver’s seat featured an adaptable lumbar support.

The dashboard and the center console were simple, with a clean design that added to the cosy atmosphere inside the Cougar.

A fine sounding stereo was fitted with the new Cougar and it featured a detachable front panel that made it less interesting for the thieves.

A first in their range, the Mercury Cougar had improved safety with side impact airbags.

The cabin was roomy, but mostly for the front occupants. In the back, the headroom was better than expected, but legroom was limited.

As far as the cargo area goes, the Cougar featured a very usable trunk and its capacity could easily be increased by folding the rear seats.

Customers could choose between between two engine options, a powerful 2.5-liter V6 that cranked out 170 hp and reached 100 km/h in around 6.8, and a less punchy unit, a 2.0-liter ZETEC unit with 125 hp as standard.

MERCURY Cougar 1998 - 2002 5 Photos
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MERCURY Cougar 1998 - 2002
  2 gasoline engines
  • 2.0 16V
  • 2.5 V6

MERCURY Cougar 2.0 16V

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0 16V
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2008 cm3
Power
93 KW @ 5500 RPM
126 HP @ 5500 RPM
125 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
131 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
177 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
130.5 mph (210 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/60R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
185 in (4699 mm)
Width
69.7 in (1770 mm)
Height
52 in (1321 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.3/58.7 in (1,506/1,491 mm)
Wheelbase
106.3 in (2700 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.4 cuFT (351 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2862.1 lbs (1298 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)
Highway
34.1 mpg US (6.9 L/100Km)
Combined
31.8 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
176 g/km

MERCURY Cougar 2.5 V6

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5 V6
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
2544 cm3
Power
126 KW @ 6250 RPM
172 HP @ 6250 RPM
169 BHP @ 6250 RPM
Torque
165 lb-ft @ 4250 RPM
224 Nm @ 4250 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/60R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
185 in (4699 mm)
Width
69.7 in (1770 mm)
Height
52 in (1321 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.3/58.7 in (1,506/1,491 mm)
Wheelbase
106.3 in (2700 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.4 cuFT (351 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3020.8 lbs (1370 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
22.6 mpg US (10.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
247 g/km
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