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2003 Ardent A150 LS Extended Cab AWD
Ardent’s newly redesigned A-series pickup hit showroom floors in July 2002 as an early 2003 model. The basic SE model was powered by a newly refreshed Vela 4.7 liter straight-six motor, putting out 245 horses and 278 lb-ft of torque. This engine was also standard on the step-up LS model, as was an optional Taurus V8, but Ardent had a little surprise in store for six cylinder fans.
The 3VB-47TDi. 4.7 liters of turbocharged fury, cranking out 314 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. While a limited-edition LS “Super Street” was produced, utilizing a 6-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive, nearly all A150’s powered by this motor came with an automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. We’re thankful, for sanity’s sake.
The A150 LS shown above is a relatively common extended cab configuration, featuring 3-abreast seating in both rows, with a fold-down center console between the driver and front passenger, for use when a center-front passenger wasn’t present. Flat woven cloth was chosen for durability and ease of cleaning, and though floor mats were technically optional, Ardent “included” a set of all-weather mats with every vehicle, as the cost of shipping and selling them as separate accessories was more expensive than it was worth.
Creature comforts on all trims included air conditioning, power steering, and an AM/FM 4-speaker radio. Jumping up to the LS model added a CD player (with a 100 watt sound system rating), power windows, locks, and mirrors (with integrated turn signals), a power bench seat, power sliding rear window, and steering wheel mounted audio controls.
All A150 models came with Ardent’s SafeGuard security suite. For “large” Ardent models, this included 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, 6 air bags, and reinforced cabin safety ring construction.
Mechanically, the LS is differentiated from the SE by a limited slip differential and different engine options, as well as a towing package that included a Class-III towing hitch, transmission cooler, and 4/7 pin combo wiring.
Production percentages for 2003 broke down as follows:
2WD vs AWD: 65/35 (2WD predominantly sold in the South)
SE vs LS vs Limited: 30/55/15 (Limited models were all AWD)
Total LS “Super Street” models built: 1455
Total production 2003 model year: 301,542
Submitted trim: A150 LS Ext. Cab with 3VB-47TDi and electronic 5-speed AWD transmission.