Mercury Lynx

The Mercury Lynx was a small car produced by the Ford Motor Company for its Mercury division from 1981 to 1987. It was simply a rebadged version of the Ford Escort. After six years, in 1987, the Lynx was dropped after poor sales. This is sort of funny because at one point, it was Mercury's best-selling car. Oh, how fast consumer preference can change. In 1988, Mercury launched the Tracer as the Lynx's substitute. The Tracer was based on the Mazda 323, and was built in Mexico and Japan and actually shared nothing with the Lynx. Although the basic silhouette of the Escort and Lynx was the same, it was almost completely different, apart from the Ford CVH engine. There was a 1.6 L engine, a 4-speed IB4 manual transmission and a 5-speed MTX transmission that were standard with a 3-speed ATX/FLC automatic transmission optional. A 1.3 L engine was engineered and prototyped but did not make it to production due to a lack of power. Later, in 1983 and 1984, there was the option of the turbocharged 1.6 L 4-cylinder rated at 120 hp, which was not too bad for that time. The Mustang GT was only rated at 175 hp. Introduced in 1981, the first American Escort was intended to share common components with the European Mk III, and was launched as a 2-door hatchback and as a 4-door station wagon, with the 4-door hatchback following a year later. It had considerably more chrome than the model sold elsewhere. This was the sister model to the Lynx, as they were essentially the same only under two different names for the two different brands. There was a minor facelift that resulted in less chrome, restyled tail lamps, flush headlights and a new 1.9 L engine. This occurred in mid-1985. The Lynx was retired for 1987, at which time it was replaced by the Mazda 323-derived Mercury Tracer.