Produced by Ford from late 1994 through 2000, the Ford Contour is a passenger car offered in the North American market only. The Contour was offered only in the four door sedan body style that included three trim packages. The GL was considered the base model, while the LX was designed as a more luxury minded vehicle. The SE trim model rounded out the three ans was intended as the sporty sedan version of the body style.
Ford considered the development of the Contour along with the Mercury Mystique and its European cousin the Mondeo, major project and invested more than five million dollars in the deveopment of the CDW27 platform. Although only one body style was offered for the Contour It did include several different engine options. The sport model, the SE, was offered with both a 2.0 Liter 4 cylinder engine and the 2.5 Liter V6 engine.
In 1998, Ford redesigned the Contour and the Contour SVT was the result. Included with the SVT was a 2.5 Liter V6 that produced 195 horsepower and was offered with a five speed manual transmission, new body work, seats and trim, white faced gauges, larger wheels with ultra high performance tires, upgraded brakes and a retuned suspension.
The Contour SVT was only available by special order from specially designated Ford dealerships. And the SVT trim was named the most wanted sedan under $25,000 in 1999 by Edmunds.com. It was also named to the Ten Best list by Car and Driver magazine for 1995, 1996 and 1997.