February 13, 2003
Chicago auto show: Mercury unveils Monterey, Montego – but not for Canada
Chicago, Illinois – The all-new 2004 Mercury Monterey minivan, which goes on sale in the U.S.A. this Fall, offers new exterior and interior styling and a standard 4.2-litre V6 engine with greater torque than any other vehicle in the minivan segment.
“Mercury is revitalized and re-energized – the new Monterey is just the beginning of a multi-year strategy to update and expand our product offerings,” says John Fitzpatrick, general marketing manager, Lincoln Mercury. “We’ll follow the Monterey with a compact SUV and two distinctive new cars – four new products in three years.”
Mercury also showed a sketch of the new Montego sedan which will be introduced next year in the U.S.
The Montego will feature front or available all-wheel drive, an advanced powertrain and a “high-package” design.
“First we revitalized Mercury with a re-designed Mountaineer SUV, then we turned our sights to the minivan customer with the all-new Monterey, ” says Darryl Hazel, president, Lincoln Mercury. “Now we increase our competitiveness in the largest vehicle segment – upper middle sedans – with the Montego.”
The Montego was created from the inside out using Mercury’s “high package” design strategy. As a result, the car’s interior roominess is equal to and even better than many larger cars, says the company, while retaining the elegant exterior proportions, maneuverability and fuel-economy benefits of a mid-size car.