2006 Mercury Milan

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Mercury's new mainstay compact sedan arrives this fall as the near twin to the Ford Fusion and the very close sibling to the Lincoln Zephyr, both unveiled last month at the Detroit Auto Show. The Milan, pronounced like the runway capitol of Italy (mih-LAHN), not the like-named drag-strip capital of Michigan (MY-lin), takes up where the late, unlamented Mercury Mystique left off in 2000.

All three of the new sedans are based on the front-wheel-drive platform of the well-regarded Mazda 6, though the Milan and its kin ride on a longer wheelbase (107.4 inches) and have a more square-sided body for a roomier interior. Aside from the vertical-bar grille and the horizontal taillamps, the interior is the main area of distinction between the Milan and the Fusion, with the Mercury featuring a choice of satin-metal or wood trim as well as offering two-tone leather upholstery.

Mechanically, the Ford and Mercury are identical, with a 2.3-liter, 160-hp four as the base engine, with manual or automatic transmissions (both five-speed). The optional V-6 is Ford's 3.0-liter, 210-hp Duratec, mated to a six-speed automatic. The suspension is control-arm at all four corners, and four-wheel disc brakes are standard. Mercury will add the choice of all-wheel drive about a year after launch, and a hybrid powertrain in 2008.

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