2008 LA Auto Show: 2010 Mercury Milan

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2008

To be introduced together with the new Ford Fusion at this week's LA Auto Show will be its Blue Oval company cousin, the new 2010 Mercury Milan and the Milan Hybrid. Highlighting fresh styling inside and out, adding a series of upgraded engines, the latest 2010 Milan is scheduled to arrive in displays in the first six months of 2009. Modifications to the exterior design were concentrated on the grille, and front and rear fascias.

The chin was extended forward and the fascia was pulled down to give the car a much wider and a more athletic appearance.

The newest car's dual-tone appearance on the interior is in keeping with the Milan distinction, with satin-aluminum highlights and a wood finish around the center of the dash. An enhanced seat design with new perforation pattern has been added as well. The seat curve itself was changed, with more side support to help create a completely softer seat.

The car is powered by either a 2.5L Duratec four-cylinder with 175hp or a 3.0L V6 with 240hp. Milans outfitted with four-cylinder engine are projected to deliver at least 3 mpg higher on the highway compared to the Honda Accord and 2 mpg higher than the Toyota Camry.

Milan Hybrid is new to the series and it highlights a 155 hp 2.5L petro four-cylinder joined to an electronically-controlled continuously adjusting transmission.

Similar to the Fusion Hybrid, on which it is founded, the latest Milan Hybrid provides class-leading fuel economy, topping the Toyota Camry Hybrid around town by up to 5mpg, and is equipped with the latest SmartGauge and EcoGuide fuel-efficient driving assistants.

SmartGauge with EcoGuide highlights two high-resolution, full-color LCD monitors on both sides of the analog speedometer that can be adjusted to display varying levels of information, including fuel and battery power levels, average and instant miles-per-gallon ratings.

The highly developed powertrain permits the Mercury Milan to function longer at higher speeds in electric mode. The hybrid vehicles can run up to 47mph in totally electric mode, and a single tank is estimated to bring the car more than 700 miles around town.

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