New for 2009-Mercury
By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2008
- Mariner gets more powerful engines
- New VOGA trim for Milan, Sable and Mountaineer
While the exterior remains almost identical to the outgoing 2008 model, the big news for the Mariner compact SUV from Mercury is a powertrain lineup that consists of a more powerful 2.5-liter, inline 4-cylinder engine mated to a new 6-speed automatic transmission, which produces 171 hp versus 153 for the 2008 model. Peak torque comes in at 171 lb.-ft. The 3.0-liter, Duratec V-6 engine also receives a bump by 40 hp, bringing its new total to 240 hp. Both engines have seen an increase in EPA fuel-economy numbers, even though the engines produce more power. The Mariner Hybrid model includes an Atkinson Cycle version of the new 4-cylinder powerplant that has been adapted for seamless transitions between gas and electric modes. Other features for 2009 focus on improving the noise, vibration and harshness of the vehicle, as well as increasing fuel economy. Electric power-assist steering is standard on all 2009 Mariner models, as are aerodynamic refinements to improve cabin quietness and overall fuel economy.
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2009 Mercury Milan:
The Mercury Milan looks identical to the 2008 version, but adds a new VOGA series. VOGA, in Spanish, means fashionable and trendsetting. The VOGA series is available only on the uplevel Premier trim, and offers a choice of two unique exterior colors: Tuxedo Black Clearcoat Metallic or White Suede Clearcoat. VOGA exterior details include chrome accents on the grille, rear decklid appliqu_ and rear badging, unique VOGA badging, and 17-inch chrome wheels with VOGA caps. The only interior color choice is a Dark Charcoal Black. Other features included as part of the VOGA series are carbon gray film appliqu_s on the instrument panel spears and center stack. Another accent trim color is Cashmere, located on the door trim inserts, leather trimmed seats, and VOGA embroidered name on the floor mats and the front seat backs.
Also added for 2009 is available AdvanceTrac, Mercury's electronic stability control system; a 5-speed automatic transmission is now standard on the Milan Premier model with the 2.3-liter inline 4-cylinder engine; and Premier models also get standard Sirius satellite radio. Adding to the ambiance, the Premier trim provides standard adjustable ambient lighting inside the cupholders and front and rear footwells. The ambient lighting is available in seven colors: blue, red, violet, orange, green, indigo and yellow. Five new exterior color choices are offered for 2009: Tuxedo Black Clearcoat Metallic, Brilliant Silver Clearcoat Metallic, Smokestone Clearcoat Metallic, White Platinum Clearcoat Tri-Coat, and Sport Blue Clearcoat Metallic.
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2009 Mercury Mountaineer:
The biggest change for the midsize Mountaineer SUV is the addition of the optional VOGA package for Premier models. VOGA, in Spanish, means fashionable and trendsetting. The package includes unique Cashmere leather-trimmed seats with VOGA stitching in the front seatbacks, floor mats with embroidered VOGA logo, and unique center stack, door switch and door trim panels to round out the VOGA-specific trim. On the outside, VOGA exterior badging is matched to a lot of chrome trim items like 18-inch wheels, grille, side mirror skull caps, roof rack rails, rear lamp surrounds, bumper insert plate surround, beltline trim, and license plate appliqu_. A Sun and SYNC package pairs the Microsoft-powered connectivity system with a moonroof, and the next-generation navigation system with Sirius Travel Link capabilities replaces the regular navigation system in the Moon & Tunes package.The Mountaineer also gets an Easy Fuel capless fuel filler system, standard Sirius satellite radio on Premier models, and black crossbars for the roof rails on all models. Three new exterior colors also have been added for 2009: Sport Blue Clearcoat Metallic, Sangria Red Clearcoat Metallic, and White Suede Clearcoat Metallic.
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2009 Mercury Sable:
While the Sable's styling remains unchanged for 2009, there are some important additions. AdvanceTrac, Mercury's stability control system, is now standard on all models, along with Brake Assist and the SOS Post-Crash Alert System that honks the horn and flashes the lights in the event of an air bag deployment. The Reverse Sensing System is now standard on Premier models, as is satellite radio. Sable also gets its own version of the VOGA package, and on the exterior includes the following: chrome accent finishes on the grille and rear decklid appliqu_, chrome accent finish on the rear badging, unique VOGA badging, and 18-inch chrome wheels with VOGA center caps. Inside, VOGA touches include unique Cyber Carbon Gray film appliqu_s around the instrument panel and center console, Cashmere door trim inserts and custom leather seats, VOGA stitching in the front seatbacks, and VOGA-embossed floor mats.
Seven all-new exterior colors finish the changes for 2009: Tuxedo Black Clearcoat Metallic, White Suede Clearcoat Metallic, Brilliant Silver Clearcoat Metallic, Sangria Red Clearcoat Metallic, Smokestone Clearcoat Metallic, Cinnamon Clearcoat Metallic, and White Chocolate Tri-Coat.
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