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Car buyers looking for a largish, wagon-like crossover SUV-ute may soon be able to put Mercury on their lists. Paukert and his merry pranksters at Winding Road caught what they believe is a test prototype of Mercury's version of the not-at-all-discontinued Ford Freestyle, as it ambled along some midwestern stretch of roadway or other. Apparently FoMoCo is proud enough of its new, 3.5-liter Duratec 35 V6 that it aims to slide it into as many models as can be conceived, including those with dubious market value. Those at the Road that performs an opposite function from that of unwinding have dubbed the proto-Mercury "Monticello," likely after Jill Wagner's own collection of Franklin D. Roosevelt Thomas Jefferson paraphernalia.

Ford (Still) Says This Car Doesn't Exist: 2009 Mercury Monticello Spied [Winding Road]

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