Introduced as a premium companion to the Ford Granada, the Monarch was introduced for the 1975 model year. The Monarch was extensively pushed as a midsize car inside a compact, by boasting the interior room matching standard midsize. Body styles were a coupe or sedan. Trims ranged from base to top of the line Ghia. Base engine was a 200 I6 through 1977. A 250 I6 came in the Ghia model through ’77, but was standard in all trim levels starting 1978.
An updated grill and rectangular headlamps also were new for ’78. A 302 2bbl V8 was optional all years. A 351 2bbl V8 was optional up until 1977. Transmission choices were a standard 3-speed manual up until 1976. A 4-speed manual was standard as of ’77. A 3-speed automatic was optional all years. The final model year for the Monarch was 1980.