Sigh. The original Mondeo was program CDW27, common with the North
American Contour/Mystique. They were identical under the skin, and
only some late-hours waffling gave the Contour different exterior
sheetmetal than the Mondeo. All of these were updated as CDW162, as I
recall, and the Mondeo has been updated as CDW126, I think.
SW164, the last car to bear the name Mercury Cougar, was program
SW164, which was based directly off the CDW27. If you look closely,
you will see that the wheelbases are identical, rather long for a 2+2
of that class. This car replaced the ST44 Ford Probe at the
AutoAlliance assembly plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, and as the Ford
Cougar, replaced the Probe as an export model to Europe.
Anyway, neither Mondeo nor Cougar is based on any Escort. The Escort
ZX2 was available with a version of the 16-valve Zetec 2.0 engie that
was the base for Contour/Mystique and optional in Mondeo. I believe
that Zetec's were also offered in later-year European Escorts, which
are totally unrelated to the North American Escorts.
Mondeos have always been offered with a wider range of engines than
the Contour/Mystique. While the North Americans got a choice of
2-liter Zetec or 2.5-liter Duratec V6, there are 1.6 and 1.8 Zetec's in
Europe. I suspect you got a 1.6 in your rental car.
-Stephen H. Westin
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