2008 Mercury Mariner exhibits a new look, sophistication and flair

2008 Mercury Mariner exhibits a new look, sophistication and flair  
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New Models, Ford
on 01/07/2007

Source: Ford Motor Company

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The Mercury Mariner continues to be one of the company's leading vehicles to attract new customers, and the new 2008 Mariner and Mariner Hybrid are expected to accelerate the pace.

On sale in the first quarter, Mariner's exterior is cleaner than ever, including body-color moldings and minimal cladding. The higher beltline adds to a sophisticated, urban look. The right amount of satin aluminum accents – almost like jewelry – help the Mariner stand out.

The upscale design cues are carried through to Mariner's interior, with satin pewter accents and chrome finishes. Contrasting fabrics, colors and textures – design cues from the fashion and furniture industry – deliver a unique tactile and sensory experience for drivers and passengers alike.

Owners will find the interior quieter and more comfortable as well, thanks to a new acoustic windshield laminate, thicker side glass, a new headliner material and interior carpet volume that has increased by 25 percent.

Driving dynamics, already a strong point on the Mariner, have been improved with revisions to the front and rear suspension, new speed-sensitive Electric Power Steering (EPS) and a new braking system.

Three powertrains are available – a standard 2.3-liter I-4, an optional 3.0-liter V-6 and a full hybrid electric version. For 2008, modifications have been made to the hybrid control system software to improve the transition between gasoline and electric operation. The Mariner Hybrid also is now available in either front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Previously, it was offered only as a four-wheel-drive model.

A long list of standard safety equipment continues to be a key Mariner selling point. All models feature Ford's Safety Canopy™ side air curtains and side air bags in the front seats. Mariner also features standard ABS and, on non-hybrid models, standard AdvanceTrac® with RSC®, Ford's exclusive roll stability control and active safety system.

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