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Body style: Van
Segment: Large MPV

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

Six years later, the Villager received a new generation to bump its sales.

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.

The Villager was distinguished by its siblings due to its “waterfall” grille design, with vertical chromed bars. While sharing the wheelbase with its predecessor, the 1999 Villager was longer. Since it was considered as a premium version when compared to its Ford sibling, it was fitted as standard with two sliding doors. In the back, it featured the same corner-mounted taillights as the Nissan Quest, but with a red&amber molding on the tailgate. The rear window could have been opened independently from the tailgate.

The dashboard and the door panels received a two-tone design. To clear the path between the left and right side of the vehicle, the Villager kept the gear-selector mounted on the steering column. On the center stack, the car-maker installed the stereo and climate unit controls along with other storage compartments.

The Villager was based on the FWD platform from the Nissan Maxima. It also had a modified version of the 3.3-liter V6 engine from the medium-sized Japanese vehicle that was sold in the U.S. The only gearbox available was a Jatco 4-speed automatic.

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  1 gasoline engine
  • 3.3L V6 4AT (173 HP)

MERCURY Villager 3.3L V6 4AT (173 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.3L V6 4AT (173 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3275 cm3
Power
127 KW @ 4800 RPM
173 HP @ 4800 RPM
170 BHP @ 4800 RPM
Torque
200 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM
271 Nm @ 2800 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
108.7 mph (175 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-automatic speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/75 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
194.9 in (4950 mm)
Width
74.8 in (1900 mm)
Height
70.1 in (1781 mm)
Front/rear Track
63.4/63.4 in (1,610/1,610 mm)
Wheelbase
112.2 in (2850 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
126.4 cuFT (3579 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4002.1 lbs (1815 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17 mpg US (13.8 L/100Km)
Highway
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)
Combined
19.9 mpg US (11.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
281 g/km
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