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That rumor has been around for a while, though DEW-lite is most likely not going to be used. Latest speculation has the C170 (Focus) chassis being used.

It should also be noted that any new mustang/cougar will show up in 04 as a 05 model.
 

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PLEASE........let it be true!!!!!!!!! My SHO will be 9 years old soon. I've got to replace it sooner or later. I'd like to buy a new Cougar with some Muscle. How Ford is going to do it on a Focus Chassis is beyond me. The Focus is a good platform, but how will it be transformed into a RWD platform?

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The RWD/V8 conversion has already been done! And it's a bolt in for 5.0 or 351 with a 5 speed or C4 and 8.8 Mustang rearend.
http://www.ford-v8-focus.com/
 

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Yeah, that is scary. So much for blowing away the sh*tbox Focus with a 4" fart pipe! (Notice I capitalized "Focus") :D
Man, talk about the ULTIMATE sleeper!
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will the new cougar look like the old?!

The new cougar idea sounds great!! But, will the new design look at all like the good old cougars. If they did a retro look for the car yet modern it would be a great hit!! For example, the thunderbird look has that retro look of the past yet modern. Ford did a good job with that but I think the price is high. I really hope that if they do bring back the Cougar, it will look alot like the old ones of the sixties and affordable.
 

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The new Ford RWD/AWD platform has been locked down for about 6 months. The same platform is being used for short wheel base (Mustang, dead Jag F-type), mid wheel base (Falcon, Lincoln LS, Jag S-type) and long wheel base (Jag XJ, Marqis, Fairlane / LTD) for model releases after 2003.

Current RWD platforms are being progressively changed to accept components from the new platform such as a common IRS. The next Falcon / Fairlane is about to inherit the S-Type rear and I believe it is going under the next release of Mustang as well. Falcom gets new platform in 2004
 
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