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2006 New Car Model Guide, Model Guide, New Car Reviews, Mercury Cars, Trucks, & SUVs


2006Mercury New Car Model GuideNew models in the 2006 line of Mercury, from the Lincoln-Mercury Division of Ford Motor Company, multiply with the addition of two new nameplates. Milan is a fresh mid-size sedan for Mercury with premium equipment and two powertrain choices, while Mariner the crossover sport-utility vehicle spins off a gas-electric version sporting the badge of Mariner Hybrid.

Mercury Grand Marquis
2006 Mercury Grand Marquis

With a long and broad body-on-frame structure, V8 power and classic rear-wheel-drive (RWD) traction, Grand Marquis carries up to six adults and a load of luggage. This Mercury has no rivals in the large-car class, save for a twin, Ford's Crown Victoria.

The 2006 editions reflect revised prow styling with new grille, fascia and headlamps. Mercury splits Grand Marquis into two series of GS and LS, then adds packaged equipment in further segments, such as the Convenience array for GS or LS Premium and LS Ultimate. The LS Ultimate gets an air suspen-sion with rear stabilizer bar, premium audio gear, remote controls for audio and climate systems and a steering wheel in wood and leather. Beneath the extended hood, a single-cam 4.6-liter V8 achieves 224 hp in all issues except with the optional handling package on LS, where dual exhausts boost output to 239 hp.

Mercury Grand Milan
2006 Mercury Grand Marquis

Newest nameplate at Mercury is a four-door mid-size sedan that tucks in size beneath Montego. Crisp body styling for Milan incorporates Mercury design cues like a waterfall grille and satin aluminum finishes. In the five-place passenger compartment, Milan brings two trim packages with entry-issue Milan and upscale Premier. Both stock preferred equipment like air conditioning, driver-seat power controls, remote keyless entry and deluxe audio gear with CD/MP3 deck. Premier adds leather upholstery, a six-disc CD changer and anti-lock brake system (ABS).

Milan has two engine options -- a new aluminum 2.3-liter four-cylinder plant or optional dual-cam 3.0-liter V6. The four-pack produces 160 hp and links to a five-speed manual transmission or five-speed automatic. The 210-hp V6 uses a six-speed automatic only. For added safety, an optional package supplies side-impact air bags plus curtain-style air bags, a perimeter anti-theft system, ABS, power moonroof and premium Audiophile sound system.

Mercury Mariner
2006 Mercury Mariner

The compact SUV from Mercury comes with premium equipment and optional V6 power plus front-wheel-drive (FWD) or automatic AWD traction. It's called a crossover wagon because Mariner rides on a car's platform and blends the manners of a sedan with the elevated stance of a SUV. Mariner looks rugged with a bold face featuring a vertical grille in satin aluminum and corner cluster headlamps set above integrated foglamps. The upscale cabin, with two rows of seats for five, features woodgrain trim with bright chrome and satin aluminum accents.

Mariner divides into three equipment grades - Convenience, Luxury and Premier, the latter with luxury touches and leather seats. A base 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine makes 153 hp. The 3.0-liter V6 climbs to 200 hp and goes to Luxury and Premier models. Mariner's new Moon and Tune package adds a power moonroof and premium audio equipment.

Mercury Mariner Hybrid
2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid

Mercury's new hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) off the Mariner crossover SUV has a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine aboard that drinks gasoline plus a battery-powered electric motor. The electric plant can propel the wagon or work with the gasoline engine to deliver a power boost that approximates the kick of a V6. An electronic control module manages energy produced by the two plants and sends it directly to the front wheels -- or to all four wheels for the optional AWD version -- through an electronically controlled CVT.

Fuel economy figures rise to 33 mpg for running on city streets. In the cabin the Mariner Hybrid HEV applies satin-aluminum and chrome trim to a layout with front bucket seats and a back bench that folds to enlarge the cargo bay. The Premium Package has leather upholstery, heated seats, a reverse sensing system, and curtain-style side air bags.

Mercury Montego
2006 Mercury Montego

Mercury's premium sedan has the body of a mid-size model but the cabin of a big car with seats for five plus luxury gear and an enormous trunk with large-car capacity. Montego shares DNA with Ford's Five Hundred, as the architecture for both vehicles comes from Volvo with a variable-size platform. Ford's Duratec 3.0-liter V6 engine fuels Montego with 203 hp and there are options for a continuously variable transmission (CVT) from ZF-Batavia or a six-speed automatic by Aisin. All-wheel-drive (AWD) traction goes on Montego's list of options, as do side air bags for front seats and Ford's Safety Canopy curtain-style air bags.

Mercury splits Montego into two grades -- Premier and Luxury. New options for '06 include a backseat DVD video player, dashboard navigation system and new paint shades like Satellite Silver and Dark Blue Pearl in Clearcoat Metallic.

Mercury Mountaineer
2006 Mercury Mountaineer

Mid-size Mountaineer the Mercury SUV returns in 2006 with fresh sheetmetal styling, a revamped cabin with three rows of seats, new powertrain selections and more on-board amenities, such as power-controlled running boards tucked into rocker panels. Keen styling outside features a bold face with Mercury's signature waterfall grille, the bumper in satin aluminum finish and fascia with rectangular foglamps.

Mountaineer's cabin make-over brings new designs for seats, with fold-down benches on second and third rows to form a flat cargo floor. Premium cloth fabric is the standard with leather optional. An enhanced 4.0-liter V6 with five-speed automatic is the stock powertrain, delivering 210 hp, while a new 4.6-liter V8 is available with 292 hp through a six-speed automatic. Optional AWD models use Ford's Control Trac system to automatically channel engine torque to any wheel. The AWD gear also includes Ford's AdvanceTrac traction controller with Roll Stability Control (RSC).

Mercury Monterey
2006 Mercury Monterey

Mercury's long-wheelbase luxury minivan wears a waterfall grille in front with satin aluminum accents and flanks decked with monochromatic cladding. Plan for the cabin indicates three rows of seats with twin buckets up front, seats on the second row foldable and a third-tier bench that drops into the floor. Power for Monterey stems from a 4.2-liter V6 engine rated at 201 hp and with enough torque to lug a 3500-pound trailer.

Monterey adopts a simplified trim strategy in 2006 with a single well-equipped model called Monterey Luxury. It stocks power controls for the driver's bucket, the folding second-row seats and a fold-into-floor third-row bench. Leather upholstery with suede seat insets an d front seats with internal heating-cooling elements are available. Other options include Ford's Safety Canopy curtain-style air bags, a DVD-based video entertainment system, power-adjustable pedals, tri-zone cabin temperature controls and a power liftgate. (...BACK)