Mercury Milan Origins
In 1935, Henry Ford’s son, Edsel Ford, set out to design and manufacture a more entry-level luxurious type of Ford-inspired car that he originally wanted to call the Falcon. Ultimately opting for the name Mercury, derived from the Roman "messenger of the gods," the first Mercury cars were known for their speed and affordability.
Reaching the market in 1939, the Mercury 8 came equipped with a then-impressive 95 hp V-8 engine and sold at the low price of $900, which when adjusted for inflation, amounts to only $15,000. Selling over 65,000 models during its inaugural year, the Mercury line got off to a rousing start.
But once the ill-fated Ford Edsel arrived on the scene in the late 1950s, the Mercury name found it difficult to carve out its own prosperous niche—wedged in between the hugely unsuccessful Edsel and the more respected Lincoln. With consumers unsure as to where the Mercury fit, the line struggled but still managed to engineer some of the more notable models of the 1960s and 1970s: the Turnpike Cruiser, Park Lane, Marquis, and Cougar.About the Mercury Milan
Officially wheeled out in 2006 as Ford’s replacement for the discontinued Mercury Sable, the Mercury Milan is built on an identical front-wheel drive platform. Very close in design to the Ford Fusion, the Milan takes an unexpected turn towards a more refined vehicle interior, offering buyers additional options for its class, plus a Premium model with even more passenger perks.
Aimed at younger buyers, both the standard Mercury Milan trim and its slightly upscale Premium model come with the choice of either a 160 hp, four-cylinder engine or a 221 hp V-6 engine. The four-cylinder marries a five-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic, while the V-6 only comes as a six-speed automatic.
The luxury and sport-inspired base model of the Mercury Milan from 2006 has its share of high-end features: cruise control, keyless entry, a six-way power driver’s seat, split folding rear seats coupled with full power accessories, and a premium stereo system with six speakers and MP3 capability. The Premier models come with a tad more, including 17-inch aluminum wheels and leather seating with optional packages that offer automatic climate control and heated seats.
This sporty style mixed with the always-enticing affordability factor makes the Mercury Milan one of the more prized cars in its class, and it enjoys healthy sales.Mercury Milan Features
For the highly-competitive mid-size sedan category, the 2011 Mercury Milan holds its own, delivering some nice new features for its farewell, most notably rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rear spoiler, sport-tuned suspension, and an HD radio. Standard base amenities include an eight-way power driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel with auxiliary controls, and satellite radio. It offers other options such as a sunroof and iPod and Bluetooth integration. Leather upholstery, a blind-spot warning system, a rear camera, and the choice of either 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels can be found in the Premier level package.
With an estimated EPA fuel economy rating of 22/31 mpg city/highway, the baseline Mercury Milan has a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine under its hood that produces 175 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. At the Premier level, consumers get a more powerful engine but slightly less in terms of fuel economy. With its 3.0-liter V-6, generating 240 hp and 223 lb-ft of torque, drivers of this model can expect 22/29 mpg city/highway.
Standard safety features cover both trims and include vehicular stability control, anti-lock disc brakes, and front-seat/side curtain airbags.Mercury Milan Evolution
During its run from 2005 to 2011, there have been some fairly significant changes to the Mercury Milan model cycle.
Following its initial year in 2007, curtain airbags, front side airbags, and anti-lock brakes all came standard rather than optional, while at the Premier level, all-wheel drive, fold-down passenger seats, and traction control were offered to the buying public. The 2008 Mercury Milan adds a few features to its slowly growing list: voice-activated control for cell phones/MP3 players and a rear detection system. It would be another two years, however, before the Milan got what could best be called an overhaul in terms of its powertrain and body design both inside and out.
Addressing the issue of power in 2010, a 175 hp, 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine took the place of the previous 2.3-liter, 160 hp, four-cylinder, while the Premium’s 3.0-liter V-6 engine got a respectable ‘boost’ from 221 hp up to 240 hp.
That same year, Mercury introduced its Milan Hybrid. Powered by an Atkinson cycle gasoline engine matched with a 106 hp AC synchronous electric motor, the Mercury Hybrid has an EPA rating of 36/49 mpg city/highway.
As of 2010/2011, the Ford Motor Company eliminated the Mercury line.