Lincoln-Mercury has recently made a statement that the 2011 Mercury Cougar will go into production starting September 2011.
Ford Motor Company plans to add fuel to the fire of pony car wars once again and gain full authority in the segment by reviving Mercury Cougar. Based on the S197 Ford Mustang D2C platform, the vehicle will be produced at the Auto Alliance International plant in Flat Rock, Michigan.
There will be three engine choices offered for the all-new Mercury Cougar. The base model will be equipped with Ford's new Duratec 3.7-liter V6 engine producing 305 horsepower. The fuel economy will be estimated 19 mpg in the city and 30 mph on the highway. Customers, who want to experience more power can opt for the 3.5-liter direct-injected, twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 rated at 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft. of torque. This powerunit can be found in the new 2011 Ford Taurus Police Interceptor. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. Another engine option is a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine, which could have also be seen under the hood of the 2011 Ford Mustang. It puts out respectable 412 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, the powerunit will deliver up to an estimated 17/25 mpg city/highway.
The new Mercury Cougar will feature the Electric Power Assist Steering system, large four-wheel ABS disk brakes, modified underbody shields, and improved front fascia for better aerodynamics. The vehicle will be available in V6 Coupe, V6 Premium, V6 XR7 Coupe, V6 XR7 Premium, XR7 GT, XR7 GT Premium trims.