July 3, 2002
Mercury Marauder goes on sale in U.S.
The all-new 2003 Mercury Marauder is off to a high-speed start, as more than 5,200 vehicles were sold to customers and dealers prior to the first vehicle being delivered to showrooms. Today marked the official first day of sales for the car.
“We knew the Marauder was something special, but even we were surprised by the reception it’s received from customers,” said Philip Smoker, Marauder brand manager for Mercury. “The new Marauder is a true four-door muscle car – a black shark in a pool of minnows. It is, in every way, a worthy successor to the legendary Marauders of the 1960s.”
Up to 550 models with traction control will be produced for the Canadian market and available this Fall at a price expected to be below $50,000.
Features of the Marauder include:
- Aluminum 4.6-litre 4-valve dual overhead cam V-8 engine producing 302 horsepower and 318 foot-pounds of torque with true dual exhaust and 3.5″ Megs polished stainless steel tips;
- Four-speed automatic transmission with a high stall speed torque converter and 3.55 rear axle with limited-slip differential;
- Performance suspension, 18-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels shod with ultra-high performance all-season tires (P235/50ZR18 front and P245/55ZR18 rear);
- 225-kph (140-mph) speedometer, 7,000-rpm tachometer, temperature and Autometer Pro-Comp oil pressure gauges and voltmeter;
- Leather-trimmed cabin, floor-mounted shifter and five-passenger seating with “Marauder” embroidered in the floor mats and centre console;
- Monochromatic exterior design with body surfaces finished in gloss black paint, dark-tinted headlamp and tail lamp bezels, “Marauder” embossed in the rear fascia and Cibie 80 mm 55-watt high output fog lamps integrated into the front fascia.
The Marauder is built in Canada at Ford’s St. Thomas Assembly Plant.