(www.autoinsidernews.com) вЂ" Ford today unveiled the 2008 Mercury Sable at the Chicago Auto Show. Following the Ford brand's move to bring back the Taurus name, Mercury is replacing the Montego with a restyled model carrying the more popular Sable nameplate, reports Trend.
[Consumer] awareness of Sable is triple that of Montego, said Mark Fields, Ford's President of The Americas, at the Chicago Auto Show.
The 2008 Mercury Sable features an all-new front end, which borrows design cues from Mercury's most recent vehicles, including a new larger grille inspired by the new Mariner SUV, and Milan-inspired headlights with swept-back eyebrows. The bumper section beneath the grille has been recessed, and has way more character than the outgoing model. Out back, the license plate has been moved into a redesigned bumper and the new taillamps are predominantly clear, similar to those seen on the Mountaineer and Mariner SUVs.
The 2008 Mercury Sable will also get a refined interior with higher quality materials. The interior features include two-tone interior trim with unique accents, and is available with two wood grain accents or Cyber Carbon trim, a deep, high-gloss accent that resembles carbon fiber.
The 2008 Mercury Sable will be powered by Ford's new 3.5L V6, good for 260-hp and 245 lb-ft of torque, mated to six-speed automatic transmission.
The new 2008 Mercury Sable will be available in dealer showrooms this summer.