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THE 1992 MERCURY COUGAR

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Revised October 26, 2016

1992 Mercury Cougar XR7
Cougar XR7

The 1992 model year was essentially a carryover one for the Cougar, the second of a two-year cycle, with nothing much changed on the outside or inside save for some new exterior colors and minor revisions to the options list.


 

Cougar LS

Remaining the standard engine on the LS model was the 3.8L V6. The 5.0L V8 was optional in the LS and standard in the XR7. The fuel tank capacity was reduced by 1 gallon in all models.

1992 Cougar LS Interior

Left: The 1992 Cougar LS interior featured a handsome new steering wheel and standard cloth and leather-trimmed seats.

1992 Cougar LS Electronic Dash

Left: The optional full electronic instrument cluster on the LS kept all data very well organized and readily available.


 

Cougar XR7

In addition to Black, Oxford White, and Electric Red Metallic, the XR7 received two unique new monochromatic colors: Silver and Mocha Frost. Both are considered very rare due to the limited production of XR7s and late availability of those colors.

1992 Cougar XR7 Wheel

Left: The 1992 Cougar XR7 received new 16" finned wheels. This was the only model year that this particular 16" wheel was offered, and it was only offered on the Cougar XR7, making it extremely rare.

1992 Cougar XR7 Dash

Left: The XR7 dash received the same woodgrain trim as the LS model.

 

 

25th Anniversary Mercury Cougar

25th Anniversary Cougar

Since 1992 was another anniversary year for the big Cat, Mercury announced that a 25th Anniversary Cougar model would be offered. Sporting a unique Tourmaline Green paint scheme, handsome BBS-style wheels and a sumptuous green-and-tan leather/Ultrasuede interior, this special edition Cougar was truly the epitome of the 1992 model year. The production total of 25th anniversary models was estimated at around 5,000 total, although that number may be higher due to additional runs of cars spawned by high dealer and customer demand.


 

Conclusion

The quality of features continued to be impressive; however, sales were not. Ford was very cautious in their plans for the Cougar in the next few model years. The 2-door sport coupe market was rapidly shrinking due to the sales of sport utility vehicles, and Ford was quick to notice this. Steps would be taken to cut costs on the Cougar, starting with the 1993 model year. A major refreshening of the car, long planned but delayed due to sales and the economy, was pushed back until 1994.



TECH SPECS

ENGINES
LS - 3.8L (232 cid) V6; 140 hp @ 3800 rpm; 215 lb-ft torque @ 2400 rpm
(optional) - 5.0L (302 cid) V8; 200 hp @ 4000 rpm; 275 lb-ft torque @ 3000 rpm
XR7 - 5.0L (302 cid) V8; 200 hp @ 4000 rpm; 275 lb-ft torque @ 3000 rpm
TRANSMISSION
LS & XR7 - AOD 4-speed automatic with overdrive
BRAKES
LS - Front 10.8" disc, rear 9.8" drum
Optional - Front 10.8" disc, rear 10.0" disc with antilock brakes
XR7 - Front 10.8" disc, rear 10.0" disc with antilock brakes
SPECIFICATIONS
Wheelbase - 113"
Overall Length - 199.9"
Overall Width - 72.7"
Overall Height - 52.7"
Cargo Capacity - 15.2 cubic feet
Fuel Capacity - 18.0 gallons
CURB WEIGHT
LS - 3587 lb.
LS w/V8 (w/5 speed) - 3753 lb.
XR7 (w/auto) - 3800 lb.

 

 

PRODUCTION


  • 46,982
  • 41,982 (est)
  • 5,000 (est)