Lincoln confirmed on Aug. 21, 2001, in a meeting of its top dealers that the next all-new product in the transformation of the brand will be the 2003 Lincoln Aviator. The 2003 Lincoln Aviator, which will go into production in the summer of 2002, will be a sport/utility vehicle built on a 113.7-inch wheelbase, and it will have an advanced dual overhead cam, four-valve V-8 engine, a four-wheel independent suspension, and available all-wheel drive. It also will be an ultra-low-emissions vehicle (ULEV). The Aviator will have seating for up to seven people. Additional information on the 2003 Lincoln Aviator, including photography, features and options, technical specifications and pricing will be released closer to the introduction of the vehicle. The vehicle will be built in Hazelwood, MO, which is outside St. Louis. The Mercury brand also will see a number of new products: -- The Mercury Mountaineer sport utility is all new for the 2002-model year. The Mountaineer offers seating for up to seven passengers as standard equipment, and is available with a 4.6-liter V-8 engine and all-wheel drive. -- The 2003 Mercury Marauder, a four-door, five-passenger sedan powered by a V-8 engine expected to produce more than 300 horsepower, will be available in the summer of 2002. -- A new Mercury minivan is under development.

Originally posted on Fleet Financials