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Posted by WhatsNew on 04-16-2003 08:25 PM:

Arrow BREAKING NEWS: Mercury's Escape Named MARINER!!! (Pics)

Escape Gets A Cousin
Ford Announces Mercury Mariner


quote:

Just announced at the New York Autoshow: Ford Motor Co. plans to extend their small SUV family by creating a Lincoln-Mercury version of the Escape!


Mariner will be Lincoln-Mercury's entry-level SUV. It is one of four new vehicles Mercury will introduce in the next three years. The others are: the Monterey minivan, the Montego sedan and a new mid-size sedan.





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Photos of the new Mercury Mariner and Escape HEV interiors.
. . . Both feature floor mounted shifters.



The Lincoln/Mercury's interior is meant to appeal to a more conservative crowd as the target customer market for the new Mariner is some 15 years older than the average Ford Escape owner. has wood grain, satin aluminum and chrome accents. It also has a floor-mounted shifter, which has a chrome surround and a satin aluminum shift knob.


Some quick facts...

  • The 2005 Mercury Mariner SUV is Mercury's version of the Ford Escape.
  • The 2005 Mariner will be produced at Ford's Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake
  • The new SUV goes on sale in late 2004 as a 2005 model.



Lincoln will offer its production Mariner with front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive. The engines offered will be a 2.3-liter, I-4 and a 3.0-liter, V-6. The Mariner concept's wheels are cast aluminum with a satin finish.






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Posted by Ford Tek on 04-17-2003 05:31 PM:

Mercury Mariner

Here's some pics of the Mercury Mariner.




Story:

The 2005 Mercury Mariner SUV is Mercury's version of the Ford Escape.

The 2005 Mercury Mariner, which will be produced at Ford's Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, goes on sale in late 2004.

Mariner will be Lincoln-Mercury's entry-level SUV. It is one of four new vehicles Mercury will introduce in the next three years. The others are: the Monterey minivan, the Montego sedan and a new mid-size sedan.

The interior has wood grain, satin aluminum and chrome accents. It also has a floor-mounted shifter, which has a chrome surround and a satin aluminum shift knob.

Lincoln will offer its production Mariner with front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive. The engines offered will be a 2.3-liter, I-4 and a 3.0-liter, V-6.

The Mariner concept's wheels are cast aluminum with a satin finish.


Posted by damedoer on 04-17-2003 05:44 PM:

A very nicely modded Escape !!! I like the look of the Mariner, and the interior improvements are great! But I am sure the increase on price tag will be there also!


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Posted by proc on 04-17-2003 05:56 PM:

The Mercury Mariner

From todays Detroit News...pretty cool

Article with Mariner pic

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Posted by Thunderball on 04-17-2003 07:22 PM:

Mercury Mariner Unveiled!!!

Go here and take a gander at the new Mercury Mariner version of the Escape/Tribute. I am sure someone will post photos here shortly on this thread. The Mariner looks significantly different from the front and the tail lamps are different and it has a pretty snazzy interior. I'll have to take a closer look, but go ahead take apeek and see what you think. And if you are one of the computer geniuses that I am not please post some pictures on this thread so that all may enjoy.

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Posted by escaperi on 04-17-2003 07:36 PM:

Nice interior with the console and floor shift. Also has a chrome exhaust tip. Now if they'd only do this on the escape and maybe add duals.....................

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Posted by on 04-17-2003 07:43 PM:

Did anyone else notice the keyhole in the hatch?


Posted by Thunderball on 04-17-2003 07:55 PM:

Looks like a keyhole, I thought those were becoming extinct on non drivers doors or trunks. Could be the sensor for the back up warning system that is getting put on everthing it seems, I know they're usually on the bumper but you never know. Personally I hope it is a keyhole. Miss the storage cubby where the shifter is moved to, maybe I would stop trying to shift the wiper stalk every now and then at least.

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Posted by MINIUTE on 04-17-2003 08:50 PM:

wow, what are all the buttons above the ac controls for?

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Posted by enormus on 04-17-2003 08:55 PM:

Unhappy Conservative?

They call that interior conservative? Waaayyy too many colors for my taste. You've black leather and dash, cream or bone trim and seat inserts, dark burlwood and brushed aluminum. A single color for the radio bezel and console would look far less busy. And there is too much contrast between the black and cream color. While I defintely welcome the console shifter, I mourn the loss of the white guages and the roof rack.

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Posted by bzcat on 04-17-2003 09:40 PM:

I correctly predicted the name of this vehicle a while back...

Looks good, I like the front bumper and the interior. Very stylish and non-tacky use of fake wood. Although it probably look better with some light color real wood.

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Posted by bzcat on 04-17-2003 09:42 PM:

also I noticed it has the new 2.3 Duratec I-4. Good news for those looking for entry level Escape... Zetec is on its way out.

Also according to the actual news release, ATX will be standard transmission for both I-4 and V6. No MTX... that I don't like.

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Posted by ttuRuss on 04-17-2003 09:54 PM:

Looks ok to me, The floor mounted shifter and the headlights are the only thing i would want though. I love the looks of my limited, all black itnerior with the aluminum trim an white faced guages

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