Report: Mercury to Revive Tracer Name for New Focus-Based Compact

Report: Mercury to Revive Tracer Name for New Focus-Based Compact

With Ford President Mark Fields has already confirmed that Mercury will get a new compact model based on the new Focus platform and now it seems that car’s name has gone public. According to a report by Automotive News, Mercury intends to bring back the Tracer name. This certainly makes sense as the the Tracer was historically the sister car to the Escort, which the Focus replaced.

There’s no word on what exactly will differentiate the Tracer from the Focus, but it’s likely the Mercury will only be offered in four-door form. Oh, and of course Ford will also have to develop a branded MyMercury Touch system to mirror the MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch interface systems currently being brought onto the market.

Ford hasn’t given much else in the way of details for the Mercury, but we imagine it could debut late this year as a 2011 or more likely in 2011 as a 2012.

[Source: Automotive News via Autoblog]