Ford produced the Sierra from 1982 to 1994. It was designed by Uwe Bahnsen, Robert Lutz and Patrick le Quement, with aerodynamic styling taken from the 1981 Ford Probe III concept car. The Ford Sierra was designed to significantly reduce the drag coefficient, however its design was a far cry from the sharp styling of its predecessor the Ford Cortina, which resulted in a slow start for sales.
Ford Sierra MkI 1982 - 1986
When the Ford Sierra was first launched it wasn''t that well received. Nicknames for the large family car included "Jellymould" and "The Salesman''s Spaceship", the latter due to the Sierra''s popularity as a fleet car. The car also suffered with some crosswind stability issues (addressed in 1985) which contributed to the negative press and slow sales early on.
When it was first released the Ford Sierra MkI was available with the 1.6 and 2.0 litre Pinto engines that had been used in the Cortina. The Sierra also only had a four-speed manual gearbox, when competing cars in the same class, and smaller cars, had a five-speed manual gearbox. This lead to suggestions that the Sierra was underpowered.
At launch, the Ford Sierra was available as either a five-door hatchback or five-door estate. A three-door hatchback was launched in 1983. The lack of saloon was controversial and Ford ended up adding a saloon to the lineup in 1987.
The 1985 Geneva Motor Show marked the first unveiling of the four-wheel drive Sierra XR4x4. This all-wheel drive model was designed for extra traction and security on slick or snowy roads, with two thirds of the power directed towards the rear wheels and one third to the front.
Ford Sierra Mk II 1987 - 1989
The front end of the Sierra was completely revised for the 1987 model year, including a new headlight design and indicators being moved to above the bumper. The Sierra Sapphire saloon was added to the range and sold alongside the hatchback and estate until the Sierra was replaced by the Mondeo in 1993.
The XR4x4 was now based on the five-door hatchback and was given different front and rear body-coloured bumpers and wider side rubbing strips, differentiating it from the previous model. Ford added the RS Cosworth to the lineup in January 1988. This famous Cossie was based on the saloon version of the Sierra with a different front bumper style and a performance tuned engine. More power and four-wheel drive were added to the Sierra RS Cosworth two years later, and, to prevent too much wear to the cam, a roller cam was added in 1987.
Ford Sierra Mk III 1989 - 1994
The final generation of Ford Sierra introduced DOHC engines. Any other changes were just superficial. There were some minor styling changes in 1990 including a revised dashboard and steering wheel, new front grille, the addition of clear-lens indicators at the front and smoked rear lamp lenses, fuel injection as standard, 15-inch wheels and rear disc brakes.
The final change to the Sierra was in 1992 when colour and trim upgrades were introduced as well as a new instrument binnacle for the dashboard. UK production of the Sierra ended in December 1992, however stocks remained and the last Ford Sierra was sold in 1994.
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