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Is it just me or does this look like a next gen coug?
 

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It would be sweet if it where real! I think its real I got it off of fordeurope.net.
 

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No it's a photoshop. The right headlight is a cougar headlight.
 

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SamuraiCougar,

It is a photoshop. We know that Ford is planning a new sports coupe for Europe. The only thing concrete that has come from Ford is the Visos concept. (Link to photo) (Link to info)

There is no telling what its going to be called. Recall that in 1997, the car that became our Cougar was being dubbed as the "next Ford Capri". However, like our current Cougar, the lineage will be traced back to the Capri line.

If you are interested in Capris or European Fords in general, feel free to join us at the FordEurope.net Forums. I'm a moderator over there.
 

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That viseos looks sweet. I'll definately join over at your site. Thanks for the info!
 

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Originally posted by: SamuraiCougar

Is it just me or does this look like a next gen coug?
The Cougar is really the current car in the Capri heritage line. There had been a few threads discussing that I think, use the search tool and you should find them. I think people are saying that mainly because of FWD (as opposed to the classic Cougars' RWD configuration) and various design commonalities such as the triangle on the hood and circular-shaped headlights. There's probably others that I don't recall.
 

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yeah, thats gotta be a chop. same side mirrors, side skirts, door handles, hood, front bumper, tail lights, fog lights....

and on that visos, there arent any side view mirrors? thats kinda weird...
 

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The photoshop above was a modification of an official FMC photo of the European Cougar ST200, which was cancelled just like its counterpart, the North American Cougar S.



Samurai,

Just to clarify, FordEurope.net is not my site. Dave Mathijs, who is a Ford fanatic from Belgium and a really good guy, owns FordEurope.net. I'm just a moderator on the forums.

nate230,
The "Cougar" is nothing but a brand name. It's been tacked onto every sort of car, even four-door family vehicles and station wagons. If there was an end to the "line", it happened in 1973. I'm certain that the Cougar name will be used again by Ford in the future. It's probably a stronger name than "Mercury" itself. Perhaps it could even outlive the Mercury brand. The original "Cougar" was not even a Mercury! (Image 1, Image 2, Image 3)*
The "Cougar" name was first used on prototypes under the Ford brand.

Our Cougar's lineage, in terms of its role and fitment in the Ford range, traces back the European Ford Capri. With respect to "Cougar" enthusiasts, the Capri was much a more significant car in the history of the Ford Motor Company than any Cougar, past or present.

The car that will replace OUR Cougar will likely not carry the Cougar name. It may not even be called a Probe or a Capri. It's all up to FMC. The name does not matter.

JAMallott,
The Visos has two cameras in place of mirrors. When the car is turned on, they pop up where the side mirrors would normally be. When they're not needed they hide into the bodywork. It also has front and rear spoilers that are hidden but reveals themselves at speed.

*Credits for the images: images 1 and 2 - www.coolcats.com; image 3 - www.allfordmustangs.com
 

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damn fern! nice info! and i love that second image of that "Cougar"!!

that thing with the cameras for mirrors on the Visos....thats just frickin sweet!!!! thanks again for all the info...i feel like im back in school already...but a school that teaches stuff i like!
 

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Click here for a photo of the Viso's pop-up rear-view camera.. When not in use, the fold down and sink into the body.

More on our Cougar's true lineage. The following are images that I have used to support my argument in the past. The first is a magazine cover of an Aug 97 issue of Turbo magazine (released in July of 97) from Portugal with spyshots of the "new Capri", which became the Cougar and the "next Escort", which was a Focus with Mondeo/Contour styled body. This particular magazine was one of many European publications that carried these spyshots during that time. Never any mention of the term "Cougar". They always refered to the car as the new Capri, some said it might sell as a Ford Probe in North America. It predates the unveilling of MC2 concept car at the Pebble Beach that year. (Magazine Cover)

The next two images I made up to demonstrate that our Cougar's lineage not only follows that of the Capri in terms of its role and fitment in Ford's range but also in terms of design language. (Image 1, Image 2). Of course there are more similarities. Through the Capri's lineage, each generation with the exception of the OSI and the Capri MkIII had a four-year production cycle (despite the sales numbers), the top model of each generation with the exception of the Probe MkI had V6 engines ranging from 2.0 to 3.1 litres displacement, each generation held the 2+2 coupe configuration, each generation was based on an existing sedan platform but sported completely different body work.

On the other hand take all the Mercury vehicles that were named "Cougar" and you will find that they have very little in common with our car and very little in common with each other. How can some one think that our Cougar could have evolved from something like this? ;)
 

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that last pic has got to be the ugliest "cougar" ever. boo to station wagons!

those lineage things are pretty sweet. thanks for posting those! any other random info you have of the cougar?
 

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Almost everything that anyone would like to know about our cars is available here and on the other CDW-27. Unfortunately there is a little bad information too. Almost everything that was discussed in this thread was also discussed in the past. If you have questions concerning Capris or the OSI, I'm confident that I can answer most of them or at least direct you to where you would able to find the information.
 
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