Mercury wanted to make sure that everyone stood up and took notice to their 2008 Mariner SUV. Which is why they will show it off in October at the Miami auto show. Well it may not be the vehicle that everyone will be talking about for days, but it still makes you want to check it out and look at all the interior and exterior changes that were made to it.
Wearing all-new sheetmetal, the Mariner now features a much more prominent waterfall grill that apes the single-frame grille treatment found on VW and Audi products. It also has more faceted head- and taillamps with “eyebrow” designs running around the lenses, as well as new wheels, more prominently flared fenders and a higher beltline.
The 2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid is Mercury’s brand new gasoline-electric hybrid version of the compact SUV that is based on the Ford Escape, which was introduced for 2005. The Mariner Hybrid was first planned as a 2007 model, but was pulled ahead a full year in response to increased interest in gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles.
The Mariner Hybrid is configured as a full hybrid and is able to run up to 25 mph powered only by electric power. During coasting, at a stop, or a low speeds, the gasoline engine automatically shuts down. When needed, the gasoline engine and electric traction motor work together to produce the equivalent of 155 horsepower.
It comes with a conventional gas engine as the Convenience model with a 153-hp 4-cyl and as the upscale Luxury and Premier with a 200-hp V6. These come with a 4-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive that lacks low-range gearing.
Hybrids are AWD only and team a 4-cyl gas engine with a battery-powered electric motor. It requires no plug-in charging. It uses a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Mariner’s hybrid system automatically runs on one or both power sources.