Mercury Mariner
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Mercury
Model: Mariner
Mercury Mariner

The Mercury Mariner is undergoing a facelift for the 2008 model year in which it will be significantly updated with a new look. The engines will remain the same but the 3.0L Duratec V6 has been modified to reduce fuel consumption by 10%, which is a great thing. The exterior changes will include a new grille, new headlights, new taillights, a new lift gate, a higher beltline and new doors and wheels. On the interior, significant updates include the use of higher quality materials and more refined features. The first 2008 Mercury Mariner was showcased at the Florida International Auto Show on October 6, 2006 and was touted as a new direction for the Mercury Brand, which was a welcomed decree. The 2008 Mercury Mariner and Mariner Hybrid went on sale in February 2007 and sales figures have yet to be released. It has received a number of awards such as being named a Consumers Digest best buy for 2005, 2006 and again in 2007. Also, the Mercury Mariner Hybrid was awarded the 2006 Green Car of the Year. The Mercury Mariner compact SUV was first launched in 2005. It is a sibling of the Mazda Tribute and the Ford Escape, although it is slightly more luxurious than the other two. Mechanically, it is identical to the Ford Escape, but it does include design differences such as a two-tone interior, European-style turn signal repeaters, monotone cladding, and the signature Mercury front grille. The Mariner is Mercury's first car-based SUV, and is slotted below the Mountaineer in the lineup. Since the Mariner went on sale in September 2004 it has sold exactly 80,295 as of February 2007. This is a valiant showing and is enough to keep it on the line for a bit longer. Even, on September 7th, 2006 Ford delivered a special "Presidential Edition" Mercury Mariner Hybrid to former President Bill Clinton.

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