Sunday, February 19, 2012

2004 Mercury Monterey

In late 2003, Mercury returns to the minivan field with the Monterey, a rebadged Ford Freestar.

Mercury Monterey
Since Mercury retired its Villager in 2002, no minivan was part of the manufacturer’s line-up. The company now seizes the opportunity to replace it as Ford unveils the Freestar, successor of the successful Windstar. Inheriting the famous name Monterey in Mercury’s guise, the new minivan is an upscale version of the Freestar, both being built in Ford’s Canadian factory in Oakville. The two vehicles are virtually identical, apart from a slightly different grille and the larger engine fitted as standard in the Monterey.
● Introduction: 2003. Construction: unibody. Engine: water-cooled V-6, 4.2-litre, 201 hp, mounted at the front. Transmission: to the front wheels through a four-speed automatic gearbox. Suspension: independent at the front, semi-independent at the rear. Brakes: hydraulic, to disks on all four wheels, with servo. Length: 512 cm. Top speed: n/a. Range: four-door minivan.

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