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Body style: Van
Segment: Large MPV

The cooperation between usual competitors on the market was not something new.

In 1992, Nissan and Ford Motor Corporation launched the Mercury Villager at the Chicago Auto Show.

While both General Motors and Chrysler already had a good start for the rising minivan market, Ford was lacking behind. At the same time, Nissan had a very good platform fit for building an MPV on it. By joining their forces, the result was the Mercury Villager. It wasn't the first jointly developed product by the Japanese and American companies. There was a cooperation between Ford Australia and Nissan in the mid '80 that led to the duo Ford Corsair – Nissan Pintara (also known as Nissan Bluebird in Europe).

In order to gather more attention and a wider public target, Ford also released its own version of the minivan, named Aerostar. The Villager was distinguished by its siblings due to a lightbar between the headlights. It was available only in two-tone body color, unlike the Nissan that featured a uni-color body.

The Villager was based on the FWD platform from the Nissan Maxima. It also had a modified version of the 3.0-liter V6 engine from the medium-sized Japanese vehicle that was sold in the U.S. After a joint effort, the duo Mercury Villager – Nissan Quest was launched on the market, with specific features so the vehicles would not compete for one to another. The only gearbox available was a Jatco 4-speed automatic.

MERCURY Villager 1992 - 1998 2 Photos
MERCURY Villager (1992 - 1998)MERCURY Villager (1992 - 1998)
MERCURY Villager 1992 - 1998
  1 gasoline engine
  • 3.0 V6

MERCURY Villager 3.0 V6

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.0 V6
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
2985 cm3
Power
111 KW @ 4800 RPM
151 HP @ 4800 RPM
149 BHP @ 4800 RPM
Torque
174 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM
236 Nm @ 4400 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
105 mph (169 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Automatic, 4 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/75R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
189.76 in (4820 mm)
Width
73.62 in (1870 mm)
Height
67.71 in (1720 mm)
Front/rear Track
63.38/63.38 in (1,610/1,610 mm)
Wheelbase
112.2 in (2850 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.4
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3924.2 lbs (1780 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
20.3 mpg US (11.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
276 g/km
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