DETROIT -- The 2006 Mercury Mountaineer will carry a starting sticker price of $29,795 when it arrives at dealerships this fall, Ford Motor Co. said Monday.
The base price of the SUV, which includes shipping, is for a 4.0-liter V-6 model with two-wheel drive and a five-speed automatic transmission. That version generates 210 hp.
A version with a six-speed, 4.6 liter V-8 engine starts at $32,995. Mercury says the transmission, which it calls 6R, is usually found in sport sedans.
The top trim level, with a V-8 engine and two-wheel drive, begins at $33,045. The all-wheel-drive model starts at $36,145.
The Mountaineer has a new three-valve V-8 engine that offers 292 hp and 300 pounds-feet of torque.
Mercury says the Mountaineer's redone interior includes new seats and instrument panel. The SUV also has energy-absorbing steering columns and features that help avoid skidding and prevent rollovers, the company says.
The Mountaineer's exterior has a new grille and new headlights and taillights.