on the lot at Mercury from the Lincoln-Mercury
Division of Ford Motor Company increase
by one marque in 2004 with the addition
of a new long-wheelbase luxury minivan
features contemporary styling with familial
resemblance to Mercury's sport-utility
vehicle, Mountaineer, plus a generous
cabin size with three tiers of seats
including a flip-and-fold third-row
bench and innovative appointments like
power-adjustable pedals with memory
settings and parking sensors fore and
Mountaineer SUV returns in two versions
labeled Luxury and Premier with new
second-row bucket seating showing up
on the Luxury trim and a third-row bench
added to the Premier series.
repeat is Marauder, Mercury's full-size
muscle car cast from a souped-up and
spiffed-up Grand Marquis sedan. The
2004 Marauder gains a heavy-duty automatic
transmission with quickened shift response
timing, and more standard gear like
a traction control system (TCS) and
audiophile-quality entertainment system.
Big Grand Marquis, with a V8 powertrain
and classic rear-wheel-drive (RWD) traction,
adds a limited-edition variation and
offers more stand-alone options, such
as dual side-impact air bags, a moonroof
and heated front seats.
Sable, Mercury's staple sedan and station
wagon for the mid-size car class, reveal
new styling features front and back
with revamped grilles and revised fascia
and taillamps. Also, Sable's 3.0-liter
Duratec V6 engine and automatic transaxle
earn improvements, as trim designations
condense for simplicity to GS and LS
Mercury's venerable Grand Marquis sedan
is big, carries up to six adults and
a load of luggage, and drives all the
torque from a powerful V8 engine to
the rear wheels.
Because of its size and the RWD format,
plus some attractive price points, Mercury's
big car stands alone with no competition
in the large-car class, save for its
virtual twin, Ford's Crown Victoria.
Marquis for 2004 projects fresh exterior
styling with an improved ride quality
and more comfort and convenience items
added in the cabin. Mercury divides
Grand Marquis into the two essential
trim series of GS and LS, then adds
packaged equipment in further segments,
such as the Convenience array for GS
or LS Premium.
new Limited package on LS Premium brings
heated seats and side-impact air bags,
two-tone leather seats and nine-spoke
wheels at 16 inches.Beneath
the extended hood, a single-cam 4.6-liter
V8 achieves 224 hp in all issues except
for the optional handling package, where
dual exhausts boost output to 239 hp.
This monochromatic sedan is called Marauder
as the reincarnation of Mercury's muscle
car out of 1963. Ornamentation is minimal,
save for a bead of chrome ringing side
windows and five-spoke aluminum wheels
glinting in chrome.
bright point: Exhaust pipes with stainless
steel Megs tips. Marauder's dual-cam
4.6-liter aluminum V8 gushes to 302
hp. The engine sucks air through a low-restriction
air intake with aluminum upper and lower
manifolds. Fuel spurts into the engine
through a dual-bore throttle body and
for 2004 supports a new heavy-duty four-speed
automatic transmission that generates
more low-end torque. A four-door passenger
compartment has seats for five, with
two up front on buckets and three on
a rear bench. Seats are clad in luxurious
leather tinted to a two-tone color scheme.
instrument panel contains large analog
gauges with bright white faces and red
needles. Front section of the center
console holds two more round AutoMeter
gauges - oil pressure and voltmeter.
Tires are 18-inch ultra-high-performance
Goodrich g-Force T/As. Latest exterior
paint shades for Marauder are Dark Toreador
Red and Silver Birch.
The mid-size Mercury sedan and station
wagon feel quite comfortable, with generous
space in the cabin, particularly in
headroom for backseat riders. Editions
for 2004 use simplified trim designations,
as segmented now into GS and LS Premium
for sedans are configured for either
five or six due to a choice in front
seat style -- bench or buckets. Sable
GS wagon seats as many as eight, while
the LS Premium wagon fits seven or eight,
with a rear-facing third bench optional
for GS and standard on LS Premium.
for Sable begin with the 3.0-liter Vulcan
V6 that achieves 155 hp. Optional power
comes from Ford's Duratec version with
twin cams pumping 200 hp. The Duratec
plant has a redesigned cam cover and
positive crankcase ventilation (PCV)
system to improve on noise, vibration
and harshness (NVH) aspects.
color options this year include Medium
True Blue Clearcoat Metallic and Merlot
The SUV from Mercury tucks into the
mid-size class and can carry as many
as seven passengers. Revamped in 2002,
Mountaineer rides on a long and broad
chassis that's stiff and stable.
uses a suspension system that's unusual
for a truck-based vehicle, as there
are independent elements for rear wheels
as well as front. Such enhancements
to chassis and suspension revolutionize
ride and handling traits.
Forceful styling for Mountaineer with
a bulldog face and smooth body shapes
conveys an image of strength as supported
by a choice of two powerful engines.
The standard V6 musters 210 hp, but
an optional aluminum V8 sparks with
239 hp. A five-speed automatic links
to either plant.
In the cabin, Mountaineer carries three
rows of seats. Editions of 2004 contain
more standard features and options,
with trim designations labeled as Convenience,
Luxury and Premier. Ford's AdvanceTrac
dynamic stability control system - which
adjusts brake and throttle automatically
to correct potentially dangerous lateral
skidding - is now available on Mountaineer's
two-wheel-drive (2WD) models.
all-wheel-drive (AWD) models employ
Ford's Control Trac system to automatically
channel engine torque to any wheel.
A tire pressure monitoring system becomes
standard equipment on Luxury and Premier
issues, as an in-dash six-disc CD deck
is available on the Luxury series.
The newest nameplate in the Mercury
fleet applies to a luxurious minivan
that brings a stretched wheelbase for
extra space in the cabin and family-friendly
exterior design, adopting styling cues
from Mountaineer, features Mercury's
bold front grille with satin aluminum
accents and monochromatic bodyside cladding.
Layout of the cabin shows three rows
of seats with twin buckets up front,
seats on the second row folding with
one-hand convenience and a third bench
that drops into the floor to forge a
flat cargo bay.
to motivate Monterey stems from a 4.2-liter
V6 engine rated at 201 hp with a towing
capacity up to 3500 pounds. Trim versions
are labeled Convenience, Luxury and
Premier. The Convenience issue brings
a four-speed automatic transaxle, anti-lock
brake system (ABS), twin-zone climate
controls and forward and reverse park
assist, with side-impact air bags optional
plus Ford's Safety Canopy.
Monterey Luxury edition adds leather
upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering
wheel pegged with audio controls, power-adjustable
pedals, dual-zone electronic automatic
temperature control, power sliding side
doors, side air bags and the Safety
Premier trim has heated and cooled front
seats and perforated leather on those
seats, AdvanceTrac stability controls
and special aluminum wheels in a split-spoke
design. A DVD-based entertainment system
for rear tiers of seats appears on the
list of options.
INFORMATION FROM MERCURY]