Mercury  - Mystique
Designers of the Lincoln-Mercury Mystique set out to create a four-door MPV concept vehicle with appeal to the upscale buyer who does not want to sacrifice a luxury image yet needs a versatile vehicle to suit an active lifestyle.
"We believe the Mystique would be equally suitable for traveling with the entire family, getting to golf courses or ski slopes, or those special evenings at an elegant restaurant or country club," said Jack Telnack, vice president - Design, Ford Motor Company.
A unified, single design-form flows from front to rear on the Mystique. Extensive use of glass gives the vehicle an open, spacious feeling while maintaining a solid feeling of structural integrity.
The spacious interior compartment of the Mystique is achieved, in part, through the use of a T-Drive powertrain configuration. The unique T-Drive layout packages eight cylinders in a compact overall size, enabling the designer to reduce the size of the engine compartment. Up to six inches additional interior space is created using this experimental powertrain versus a vehicle of the same overall length. The Mystique can be either front-wheel, rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.
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Mercury's show vehicle for 1991 was the Mystique minivan that merged the practicality of a station wagon with a multipurpose luxury vehicle. The sleek-looking Mercury featured “T-drive,” whereby the transversely mounted engine mated with the transmission in a way to send power to any or all wheels. Interior featured six-bucket seats and individually controlled TVs and VCRs mounted in the front seat backs. The Mystique concept bore no resemblance to the sedan of that name that would debut for 1995.