– Dynamic side-impact air bag package standard on Premier models
– Reverse Sensing Systemâ¢ standard on Premier models
– Three new exterior colors
– Available Moon and Tune Package combines some of most popular Mariner features
The 2007 Mercury Mariner offers modern Mercury design, refined driving dynamics and unique product features in a small, fuel-efficient sport utility vehicle designed to attract new customers to Mercury showrooms.
Three new exterior colors â Dune Pearl Clearcoat Metallic, Light Sage Clearcoat Metallic and Tungsten Grey Clearcoat Metallic â and expanded feature content on Premier models lead the changes for the 2007 model year.
Mariner is the entry-level sport utility in the Lincoln Mercury showroom, which features a comprehensive lineup of upscale and luxury sport utilities including the Mercury Mountaineer and the Lincoln Navigator.
Mariner is available in Convenience, Luxury and Premier trim levels, in front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive (4WD) versions. It is produced at the Kansas City Assembly plant in Claycomo, Mo.
Design and Equipment
The Mercury Mariner is designed for small-sport-utility customers who want a little more. Mariner delivers a new level of design sophistication, more standard features, upgraded interior materials and unique content that appeal to Mercury buyers.
A Moon and Tune Package combines some of the most popular Mariner features, including a power moonroof; roof rack with crossbars; and an AM/FM audio system with satellite radio, a six-disc, in-dash CD changer and four speakers.
The three new exterior colors are Dune Pearl Clearcoat Metallic, Light Sage Clearcoat Metallic and Tungsten Grey Clearcoat Metallic.
Marinerâs exterior design features a stacked-element theme at the front of the vehicle with distinctive headlamps over integrated fog lamps and a vertical, satin-aluminum grille. A satin-aluminum bumper insert ties in with the grille design, while the U-shaped air intake contributes to the tailored and organized theme.
Mariner strikes a sophisticated profile with color-keyed bodyside cladding, offering chip and ding protection in an integrated, clutter-free design. Turn-signal repeater lamps are mounted on the fenders â another distinctive Mercury design cue â which further distinguishes Mariner from the competition. The taillamps are shrouded with horizontal satin-aluminum-accent grilles for a family resemblance to the Mercury Mountaineer.
Opening the doors introduces the driver and passengers to unique two-toned door panels with bright-ringed speaker grilles in all doors. Chrome door handles add refinement. In addition, the seats are stitched with thick French seams.
The tailored interior is highlighted with wood-grain, satin-aluminum and chrome accents. A floor-mounted shifter provides a sporty feel and is accented with a chrome surround and a satin-aluminum shift knob. The instruments have bright bezels and dark gray faces. Satin-aluminum and wood-grain bezels on the unique center console and center stack further contribute to the rich interior theme.
Powertrain and Chassis
Mariner is tuned for the urban environment with car-like ride. The vehicle benefits from an available intelligent 4WD system, which automatically transfers torque from front to rear as required by road conditions â without driver intervention.
Mariner features unibody construction for lightweight, nimble maneuverability, and a low stance for ease of entry and exit. Four-wheel independent suspension contributes to refined car-like ride and handling.
Mariner powertrains are a 2.3-liter, 16-valve Duratec 23 four-cylinder, and an optional 3.0-liter, 24-valve V-6 Duratec 30 engine. Both engines come with a standard four-speed automatic transaxle.
Safety and Security
For 2007, Premier models now feature the dynamic side-impact air bag package as standard equipment, which includes seat-mounted side air bags and Fordâs Safety Canopyâ¢ side air curtain system.
Mariner features the Personal Safety SystemÂ®, one of the most comprehensive and technologically advanced safety systems available in any vehicle in any class. A tire pressure monitoring system is standard on all models.
Major Features and Options
Convenience models feature: 2.3-liter, inline four-cylinder Duratec 23 engine; four-speed automatic transmission; power front disc and rear drum brakes with anti-lock brakes; 16-inch, 15-spoke, painted aluminum wheels; chrome exhaust tip; body-color front and rear bumper covers; fog lamps; side repeater lamps; power-adjustable exterior mirrors; power windows and locks; keyless entry with driverâs side keypad; solar-tinted door and liftgate glass; AM/FM audio system with satellite radio compatibility and single-CD player; low-back cloth front bucket seats; seat-back map pockets; air conditioning; center console with two cup holders and enclosed storage; leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with speed control; and four cargo floor hooks.
Luxury models add: 3.0-liter, Duratec 30 V-6 engine; privacy glass; and six-way power-adjustable driver seat.
Premier models add: 16-inch, 15-spoke, machined-aluminum wheels; heated exterior mirrors; AM/FM audio system with six-disc, in-dash CD changer, six speakers and a subwoofer; leather trimmed heated seats with Preferred Suedeâ¢ inserts; perimeter anti-theft alarm; Dynamic Side-Impact Air Bag Package; Reverse Sensing System; overhead console with dual storage bins; message center with compass display; auto-dimming interior mirror; automatic headlamps; and dual illuminated vanity mirrors.
Options include: comfort package; intelligent 4WD system; Dynamic Side-Impact Air Bag Package; trailer tow package; rear cargo convenience package (includes interior cargo management system and retractable cargo-area cover); power moonroof and Moon and Tune package (with power moonroof; roof rack with crossbars; and AM/FM audio system with satellite radio, a six-disc, in-dash CD changer and four speakers).
Price this car:
MSRP: $21,140 â $26,850
Invoice: $19,999 â $25,253
Source: Mercury Press Release