The 1996 Legion saw a new overhaul. Gone was the SE trim, but the base model got a new engine in the form of a 231 SOHC V6.
The car boasted superior output and fuel efficiency over the previous model.
The 1996 Stasera was also equipped with the same engine.
1997 was the year for the first overhaul of the Enforcer.
The most obvious change was the rear tail lights which no longer featured amber indicators. The 301 TriForce was updated to offer increased performance. Fuel economy also slightly increased, and a new 5RE3 transmission was installed.
The second Generation Interceptor made use of the same changes though it retained a slightly more performance oriented configuration.
The lower service costs and reasonable pricing made the Enforcer a popular choice among law enforcement. The car was also seeing considerable success as a taxi.
The Estate model Enforcer also received an update.
(They really need wood paneling for these station wagons)
While criticized for the rear tail lights the Enforcer Estate remained a fairly solid family car. The car was reliable, offered better efficiency over the previous model, and the power of the updated 301 TriForce proved most useful on the highway when acceleration was badly needed.
The 231 V6 found its way into the 1997 base model Stag.
While not the most powerful variant, the base V6 Stag did prove inexpensive, and the increase in fuel efficiency was welcome.
The SE trim of the Stag featured the updated 301 TriForce and an improved interior.
Both trucks featured a 4RE5 transmission. While they made use of electronic controls, the Stags retained four speed transmissions for added durability.
The 1997 base model Montauk made use of the 231 mated to a 4RE3 transmission.
Overall the car remained pretty much the same, it was a little faster and more efficient, but it was hardly a radical change from the previous generation.
The 1997 Montauk Rally featured an all new 301 TriForce geared for performance.
The Trance Am was dropped in 1996, so the Rally remained the top of the line Montauk.
The 1997 Meteor saw a variant worthy of the IX-4 title.
The 377 was built up to the maximum output ever imagined for that engine. With 426 horsepower on tap and mated to a new 6RM5 transmission, the Meteor IX-4 represented the best of the best.
To be continued.