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Ford Sierra (Toni). 1982–92 (prod. 2,700,500 approx. for Mks I and II). 3- and 5-door saloon, 5-door estate. F/R, F/A, 1293, 1593, 1993, 2302 cm³ (I4 OHC), 2304 cm³ diesel (I4 OHV), 2294, 2792, 2933, 2994 cm³ (V6 OHV), 4942 cm³ (V8 OHV). It seemed like the future had arrived when Ford replaced the dull Taunus with the svelte Sierra, even if some did not take kindly to the jelly-bean looks. European range went from 1·3-litre base models to sporting XR4i, a two-spoiler sporting model with Köln 2·8-litre V6—familiar power sources suggesting mechanicals not as radical as the bodyshell itself. South Africa had Essex 3·0 V6s (with GLX and XR6 models) and went one further with shoehorned V8 for homologation, the XR8 (250 built). Generally, lesser models had small headlamps and three-slat grille; Ghias and XR4i had large headlamps and grille-less look. XR8 combined the two: big lights and grille. Ford’s policy of “up-speccing” the models each year saw to all European models having the Ghia frontal arrangement by 1985, a year where strakes were added on to saloons to aid cross-wind stability. Three-door models had two different sides: one version with a large rear window; another with the window divided by C-pillar. Lesser models and Sierra RS Cosworth (separate entry, from 1985) went with the former; XR4i the latter. XR4i deleted in Europe after 1985, but exported to US as Merkur XR4Ti, 1985–9 (prod. 42,464), with 2·3-litre turbocharged OHC four made in Brazil. Four-wheel-drive models with 2·9-litre engine introduced 1985. Facelifted Mk IIs from 1987 in Europe; in South America, Sierra Mk I (including an XR4 model, but with 2·3-litre V6) soldiered on 1989–92 in Argentina with a Merkur XR4Ti-style grille, hinting at aborted Ford plan to export these models to the US under the unsuccessful Merkur brand.

Manufacturing locations: Köln, Germany; Dagenham, England; Genk, Belgium; Port Elizabeth, South Africa; Buenos Aires, Argentina

Marque: Ford | Model: Ford Sierra | Predecessor: Ford Taunus 80 | Successors: Ford Versailles (1991–6), Ford Sierra Mk II

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