released the hybrid version of the Mariner. Mercury hopes to
get people to reserve them over the internet. On something as
important as a car, it definitely seems better to visit a
dealer and test drive what you're interested in. As this is
almost identical to the
Ford Escape Hybrid,
the Ford makes much more sense. The Escapes should be in stock
in the DC area, and the dealers are familiar with them by now.
Originally the Mariner Hybrid was
scheduled to be brought out as a 2007 model, but Ford plans on
producing it later in 2005. It will be very similar to the
Ford Escape Hybrid. It should use the same 2.3 liter Duratec
four cylinder engine combined with an electric motor. The
Mariner should be available in either 2WD or 4WD versions.
technology is a very strong fit for the Mercury brand," says
Darryl Hazel, president, Lincoln Mercury.
vice presidents Jim Padilla said "we will continue to develop
all of our hybrids in-house, including core research,"
and president of The Americas. "The experience we’ve gained
developing the Escape Hybrid gives us a huge advantage over
most of the industry, and it’s a lead we intend to continue."
Mercury division only intends to build about 2,000 hybrids for
the 2006 model year.
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Ford Escape Hybrid.