The Mercury MC2 concept which was unveiled at the 1997
Frankfurt Motor Show was a thinly disguised pre-production
version of the upcoming Mercury/Ford Cougar coupe - a
car which first hit the streets in 1999.
The sharp body lines of the MC2 concept were in line with
Ford's design philosophy of the time. The angular styling
was even applied to minor elements of the car, like the
triangular door handles and rear lights. Overall was a
well proportioned, good looking car which was designed
to appeal to a broad audience.
One of the Mercury MC2's cleverest features was the dark
glass roof, which gave the appearance of a one-piece windscreen/roof/rear
Tom Scott, director of Ford's advanced design studio at
the time said of the concept: "Mercury MC2's dynamic
exterior continues the evolution of Ford's New Edge design
philosophy. The sheer surfaces and defined curves give
the overall impression of strength and purpose. The exterior
lines are emphasized by the satin-finish titanium paint
and polished nickel-chrome trim details."
The four seat interior of the Mercury MC2 featured some
sporty touches like an aluminium shifter, leather wrapped
sports steering wheel, and three-point seat belts.