(www.autoinsidernews.com) - Ford's restyled 2008 Escape and 2008 Mercury Mariner will be priced lower than the 2007 models and also have higher residual values.
The 2008 Escape has a base MSRP that averages $1,100 less than 2007 models. The 2008 Mariner will have a base MSRP that average $1,300 less than the 2007 model. Ford says the 2008 models have improved 36-month residual values вЂ" up to 11 points higher than the 2007 models and significantly ahead of the major competitors, reports Trend.
The 2008 Escape base price starts at $19,245 ($740 less than the 2007 model) and the 2008 Escape Hybrid starts at $25,740 ($580 less than the 2007 model). The 2008 Escape XLT V6 вЂ" which Ford expects to account for half of all Escape sales вЂ" will be priced a $22,545. The 2008 Mariner has a starting base prices of $21,395, and the Mariner Hybrid, now available in a front-wheel drive version, starting at $26,430 ($2,185 less than the cheapest 2007 model).
Sales of the 2008 Escape and Mariner will begin in the first quarter of 2007.