The Mercury Milan has helped bring new energy and new customers to the Mercury showroom with its style and strong value. For 2007, the Milan builds on its compelling value story by making anti-lock brakes and the safety and security package standard on all models. This package includes side-impact air bags for the driver and front passenger, side curtain air bags for first and second rows, and an anti-theft perimeter alarm system. Traction control is also now standard on V-6 models.
Later in the year, Milan will get several other updates. Most significant, Milan will offer enhanced driver confidence with an available all-wheel-drive system that improves handling and optimizes traction on slick surfaces.
Other changes include a standard auxiliary audio input jack for all models. Milan also will offer two new options shortly after the 2007 model year launches: a DVD-based navigation system and SIRIUS satellite radio.
The Milan appeals to new, younger customers while reflecting Mercury’s identity: sophisticated design, stylish and functional interiors, and rewarding, city-tuned driving traits. The expressive exterior and high-end interior are aimed squarely at Generation X customers, 46 percent of which, Mercury research shows, shop outside mainstream brands to find clothes, furniture and home accessories to match their unique tastes.
Mercury’s midsize sedan is available in Milan and Milan Premier. All Milan models are built in Hermosillo, Mexico.
Design and Equipment
The 2007 Milan injects spirit into the staid sedan scene by wrapping Mercury’s new metropolitan identity — established by the 2002 Mountaineer — around a well-proportioned midsize sedan. Mercury’s sedan draws design inspiration from large, modern cities that advance design, fine arts and architecture much like the vehicle’s namesake, Milan, Italy, did in the 19th century.
Milan’s exterior features Mercury’s signature cues — the dramatic waterfall grille, clean lines, distinct rear treatments, satin-aluminum finishes and exquisite attention to detail — that accentuate its long wheelbase and dynamic stance.
The instantly recognizable Mercury grille is precisely set between wide headlamps that wrap up over the sharply creased front fenders. A satin-aluminum finish adorns the grille, Mercury badges and lower front fascia trim. This creates visual jewelry that emphasizes the distinctive, clean design. The bright chrome belt line visually stretches the car to highlight its length.
The bodysides are clean and chiseled, allowing the car’s length and its large and uniquely designed wheels to establish a strong visual profile. In rear view, Milan features standard light-emitting diode (LED) taillamps that send a clear signal of the car’s technical precision. Shortly after the 2007 model year launches, Milan will offer a new optional rear spoiler, which aids aerodynamics and adds a touch of sport to the vehicle’s body.
Milan brings a fresh flair to the interior design of midsize cars by carrying the exterior’s modernity and clean surfaces through to the cabin. Mercury’s hallmarks of upscale, quality materials, satin-aluminum finishes and a passionate attention to detail provide a dramatic departure from vanilla midsize sedans.
The engineering team’s relentless pursuit of a quiet cabin reinforces the premium design precision and craftsmanship. Advanced aerodynamics computer modeling, a solid structure and strategic use of sound-deadening materials helped reduce noise, vibration and harshness to continue driving customer satisfaction long after first impressions subside.
Milan uses upgraded materials throughout its interior, such as leather trimmed seats and either satin-aluminum or Wales Mahogany wood-trim finishes. One element that sets Milan apart from most midsize sedans is the availability of two-tone leather seating surfaces with contrast stitching. Two new options, SIRIUS satellite radio and a DVD-based navigation system, offer an added touch of luxury.
However, in this category, form cannot detract from function. Milan customers want a car that’s stylish and stands out from the masses. Yet they need a real car with people and cargo capacity. Milan offers them a unique choice that’s responsible and rewarding.
As such, Milan interior designers and engineers worked closely to ensure comfort and ease of use in the front and back seats. Extending the rear door toward the C-pillar provides easy access for taller rear-seat passengers and helps keep them from hitting their feet on the back of the front seats.
In addition to carrying people in comfort, Milan has easy-to-use and flexible storage spaces. Its roomy, 15.8-cubic-foot trunk boasts a flat load floor and low liftover height, as well as compact decklid hinges that won’t crush boxes or groceries.
What’s more, the rear seats feature a standard 60/40-split and fold-flat function with spring assist, allowing pass-through access to handle extra-long items and provide best-in-class storage space. For 2007, Milan is equipped with a standard fold-down, front-passenger seat to accommodate extra-long cargo.
Powertrain and Chassis
The 2007 Milan’s AWD system is tuned with an emphasis on driving performance while also offering confident all-weather driving. The system continuously monitors vehicle speed, throttle input and steering angle to seamlessly deliver torque to the appropriate wheel even before wheel slippage occurs. The system also helps eliminate torque steer and helps balance the vehicle when cornering.
Milan rides on a sophisticated short- and long-arm front suspension that features double ball-joint lower control arms and coil-over shocks. The multilink rear suspension performs like a double-wishbone setup. These sophisticated designs limit lateral forces on springs for increased ride comfort and control to help absorb road imperfections such as potholes.
At all four corners, Milan is equipped with large disc brakes tuned for precise stops in everyday or emergency situations. Four-wheel power disc brakes are standard. The system includes a four-sensor, four-channel anti-lock brake system with electronic brake force distribution.
The standard four-cylinder engine delivers 160 horsepower and can be paired with a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic. The Duratec 23 I-4 equipped with an automatic transmission meets Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) status in California. It is the Mercury brand’s second PZEV application, along with the Mariner Hybrid.
Equipped with the five-speed manual, the standard Duratec 23 returns 23 miles per gallon in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
For even more power, there’s the 221-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6, which is paired with an advanced six-speed automatic transaxle. Milan was a trailblazer in the use of such a sophisticated automatic in its class. This six-speed automatic delivers impressive performance as well as 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway.
Safety and Security
For 2007, the safety and security package will be standard on all models shortly after the new model-year launch. The package provides side-impact air bags for the driver and front passenger, side-impact air curtains for first and second rows, and an anti-theft perimeter alarm system.
Additional standard advanced safety technologies include Ford Motor Company’s Personal Safety System® with dual-deployment front air bags, driver-seat position sensing, crash-severity sensing, energy-absorbing safety belts and load-limiting retractors.
Milan also meets stringent new side-impact tests. Milan’s B-pillars are made by welding two blanks of steel end-to-end, which results in a stronger top of the vehicle and a more flexible bottom. This facilitates energy absorption during a crash below the level of the occupants. The strong steel structure at the torso level and above help prevents intrusion into the passenger compartment.
Milan includes: 160-hp Duratec 23 I-4 engine with five-speed manual transmission; satin-aluminum grille; quad halogen headlamps; LED taillamps; integrated key fob transmitter for remote power locking and unlocking; heated power exterior mirrors; 16-inch steel wheels with deluxe seven-spoke wheel covers and P205/60R 16 tires; speed-sensitive windshield wipers; air conditioning; rear-seat armrest with dual cup holders; six-speaker AM/FM audio system with MP3-capable, single-disc CD player; auxiliary audio input jack (late availability); center and overhead consoles; dash-top storage compartment; solar-tinted glass; dual 12-volt power points; six-way power driver seat with manual lumbar; four-way manual front-passenger seat; rear 60/40-split, spring-assisted, fold-down bench seat; variable-assist power steering; tilt and telescopic steering wheel with speed control and secondary audio controls; dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors; power locks; power windows with one-touch-down driver’s side window; Beltminder™; rear-door child safety locks; Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system; emergency trunk release; illuminated entry; SecuriLock™ passive anti-theft system; Personal Safety System; safety and security package; and fold-down passenger seat (late availability).
Milan Premier adds: comfort package including security approach lamps for exterior mirrors; fog lamps; automatic headlamps; electronic automatic climate control; auto-dimming mirror with compass; leather-wrapped steering wheel with speed control and secondary audio and climate controls; 17-inch, 14-spoke aluminum wheels with P225/50R 17 tires; premium six-speaker audio system with in-dash, six-CD player; and leather seating surfaces.
Options include: five-speed automatic transaxle for Duratec 23 I-4 models; premium six-speaker sound system with in-dash, six-CD player (Milan trim level only); Audiophile eight-speaker sound system; power moonroof; a Wales Mahogany wood appearance package; AWD (late availability); SIRIUS satellite radio (late availability); DVD-based navigation system (late availability); and rear spoiler (late availability).
- Milan V-6 all-wheel drive (AWD) and Milan Premier V-6 AWD models added
- Front-seat side air bags and side-impact air curtains standard on all models
- Anti-lock brake system (ABS) now standard on all models
- Traction control standard on V-6 models
- Comfort package now standard on all Premier models
- New amenities, such as standard auxiliary audio input jack, available SIRIUS satellite radio and DVD-based navigation system
- Fold-down passenger seat standard
- New appearance package available for Milan inline four-cylinder (I-4)
- New rear spoiler available
- Three new colors: Silver Birch, Dark Amethyst an