The Ford Motor Company used the Chicago show to reaffirm its commitment to Mercury by announcing that the brand will roll out four new products over the next four years. First up is the Monterey minivan this fall. Based on the Ford Freestar (nee Windstar) platform, the long-wheelbase Monterey features Mountaineer-inspired exterior styling (waterfall grille), heated and cooled front seats, side-curtain air bags, and, of course, the now ubiquitous disappearing third-row seat that was pioneered by Honda. The Monterey gets a 4.2-liter engine, which is an upgrade option on the Freestar. It also appears to set a new Mercury record for the amount of satin-aluminum-look trim used on a single vehicle: Mercury designers opened the valve of the satin-aluminum spray tank and let loose all over the exterior and interior.
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