Mercury Tracer

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Mercury Tracer
Mercury-Tracer-sedan.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Mazda
Production 1988–1999
Layout FF layout
Chronology
Predecessor Mercury Lynx
Successor Ford Focus (Mexico)

The Mercury Tracer is a compact car that was sold by the Mercury division of Ford Motor Company. It was based on the platform of the Mazda 323, replacing the European-derived Mercury Lynx. The 1991 and newer car is the Mercury version of the Ford Escort.


1987–1989[edit]

First generation
1st-Mercury-Tracer.jpg
Overview
Production 1987–1989
Assembly Hermosillo, Mexico
Hiroshima, Japan
Body and chassis
Class Subcompact
Body style 3-door hatchback
5-door station wagon
5-door hatchback
Related Ford Laser
Mazda 323
Powertrain
Engine 1.6 L Mazda B6 I4
Transmission 5-speed manual
3-speed Mazda F3A automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 94.7 in (2,410 mm)
Length Hatchback: 162.0 in (4,110 mm)
Wagon: 169.7 in (4,310 mm)
Width 65.2 in (1,660 mm)
Height Hatchback: 53.0 in (1,350 mm)
Wagon: 53.7 in (1,364 mm)
Mercury Tracer 5-door
Mercury Tracer wagon

The Tracer was introduced in 1987 for the 1988 model year. It was a rebadged version of the Ford Laser model already sold in Asia and Australia, which was itself a restyled Mazda 323. The 5-door hatchbacks for the US market were built in Hermosillo, Mexico, while those for the Canadian market were built in Taiwan by Ford Lio Ho, and the 3-door hatchbacks were assembled (along with the Mazda 323) in Hiroshima, Japan. The Tracer hatchback shared its bodyshell with its Laser counterpart, but the wagon was a distinct design based on the Laser hatchback, rather than the sedan, as was the case with the Meteor wagon.

Engines[edit]

  • 1.6 L B6 I4, 82 horsepower (61 kW)/92 ft·lbf (125 N·m)

1991–1996[edit]

Second generation
91-95 Mercury Tracer Wagon.jpg
Overview
Production 1991–1996
Assembly Hermosillo, Mexico
Body and chassis
Class Compact
Body style 4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
Related Ford Escort
Mazda 323
Mazda Protegé
Powertrain
Engine 1.9 L CVH I4
1.8 L Mazda BP I4
Transmission 5-speed M5 manual
4-speed F-4EAT automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 98.4 in (2500 mm)
Length Wagon: 171.3 in (4,351 mm)
Sedan: 170.9 in (4,341 mm)
Width 66.7 in (1,690 mm)
Height Wagon: 52.7 in (1,340 mm)
Wagon: 53.6 in (1,361 mm)
Curb weight 2498 lb (1133 kg)

Ford replaced the Tracer in 1991 with a twin of the Ford Escort, based on the Mazda 323's B platform. The Tracer LTS (which used the more powerful 1.8L Mazda engine) was on Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 1991.

Engines[edit]

  • 1.9 L (1,859 cc) CVH I4, 88 hp (66 kW) 108 ft·lbf (146 N·m)
  • 1.8 L (1,839 cc) BP I4, 127 hp (95 kW) 114 ft·lbf (154 N·m) LTS

Trim levels[edit]

Sedan

  • base • 1991–1996
  • LTS • 1991–1994

Wagon

  • base • 1991–1996

1997–1999[edit]

Third generation
97-99 Mercury Tracer sedan.jpg
Overview
Production 1997–1999
Assembly Wayne, Michigan
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
Related Ford Escort
Mazda Protegé
Powertrain
Engine 2.0 L SPI 2000 I4
Transmission 5-speed IB5 manual
4-speed F-4EAT automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 98.4 in (2,500 mm)
Length Wagon: 172.7 in (4,387 mm)
Sedan: 174.7 in (4,440 mm)
Width 67.0 in (1,700 mm)
Height Sedan: 53.3 in (1,350 mm)
Wagon: 53.9 in (1,369 mm)
Mercury Tracer wagon

The Tracer and Escort were updated in 1997 with a redesigned exterior and interior, and a new engine. The platform remained the same as before.

The Tracer wagon largely retained the same body style, gaining only the new interior, front end & fascia, side-view mirrors, door handles, badging, and slightly restyled taillamps & reflectors.

In addition to GS and LS trims, there was also a Trio appearance package offered in 1998 and 1999 on the GS. The LS trim featured tachometers and alloy wheels along with optional leather interior, key-less entry and power windows/door locks.

All Tracer models were discontinued in 1999 along with the Escort wagon. Mercury sold 23,146[1] Tracers in its last model year. The final Mercury Tracer rolled off the assembly line on July 7, 1999.

Trim levels[edit]

Sedan

  • GS • 1997–1999
  • LS • 1997–1999

Wagon

  • LS • 1997–1999

Engines[edit]

Proposed 2011 revival[edit]

Mercury had announced that the new Ford Focus-based compact Mercury would be called the Tracer. This model of the Tracer would have started production and been sold as a 2011 model. The Tracer was cancelled along with the cancellation of the Mercury brand in 2010. It has been rumored that the Tracer will be replaced by a Focus based Lincoln. Reports suggest that, if produced, this model may be the production version of the C concept shown in 2008.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ford Motor Company Sets New Full Year U.S. Sales Record". Theautochannel.com. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  2. ^ Ireson, Nelson (2010-06-02). "Lincoln Plans 7 New Models, Including First-Ever C-Segment Vehicle". Motorauthority.com. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  3. ^ David Philips [1] (2010-02-15). "Mercury to revive Tracer name on new compact". Detroit News. Retrieved 2010-02-22. "Ford Motor Co.'s Mercury brand ... will market a new compact car based on the forthcoming 2012 Ford Focus, the automaker confirmed this week. And Mercury will dust off an old name - Tracer - in joining the latest rush to sell smaller vehicles in the United States."