This is the 1986 Toronado. It should instead have been the 1987 or 1989 Mercury Cougar. Stay with me here.
The Cougar started with full-length taillights. Fix the badging and mirror the lines on the grille and aren’t you set?
The Toronado was always a bit ponderous until this leaner, meaner version. The first and last Cougars were sexy and lithe, so that works.
Maybe the plans just got switched. Both models death spiraled into oblivion, so we’ll just never know what could have been.* * *
If they really were going to do this, the interior would need some tweaks…