Mercury Grand Marquis
|Manufacturer||Ford Motor Company|
|Layout||FR layoot, Body-on-frame|
|Platform||Ford Panther platform|
|Relatit||Lincoln Toun Caur
Ford Crown Victoria
The Mercury Grand Marquis is a full-size rear-wheel drive sedan sold bi the Lincoln-Mercury division o the Ford Motor Company; the Grand Marquis is the flagship o the Mercury lineup. The nameplate haes been in uise since 1975 an haes been a distinct caur line since 1983. The Grand Marquis is essentially Mercury's twin o the Ford Crown Victoria with which it shares its Panther platform alang with the Lincoln Town Car. Since its introduction, the Grand Marquis haes anerlie been available with a V8 engine. With features such as sax-passenger bench seating an rear-wheel drive, it remains ane o the last "traditional" American full-size caurs still available for retail sale; it haes even taken the place o its Crown Victoria twin in retail markets (the Crown Victoria haes been dropped frae non-fleet sales efter 2007).
The Mercury Marquis wis introduced as a trim package on the 1967 Mercury Monterey. The Marquis name gradually replaced Monterey. The Grand Marquis trim line wis introduced in 1975 as a step up frae the base Marquis an Marquis Brougham. In 1979, the full-size Mercury wis moved frae the Mercury version o the 1973-1978 full-size Ford tae the aw-new Panther platform; the Grand Marquis trim line wis retained. The Ford equivalent tae a Grand Marquis wis a LTD Landau, which became the LTD Crown Victoria in 1980.
The Grand Marquis became a model in its awn right in 1983 when the Marquis nameplate wis shiftit tae the Fox platform tae replace the unpopular sedan an wagon models o the Cougar. Since then, there hae been fower generations o the Grand Marquis: 1983-1991 (the ae version sold in multiple body styles), 1992–1997, 1998–2002, an the final generation, 2003-2011 (this generation wis sold as the 2003-2004 Marauder).