Regardless of how odd it may look to have a bulky crossover SUV, like the MKT, replacing the equally bulky, yet outdated, Town Car sedan in Lincoln’s lineup, you can’t resist saying that it just might work. It’s equally luxurious as the Town Car and far larger, allowing passengers to stretch out a little more. One complaint about the Town Car that has somewhat carried over to the MKT is the cost to fuel it.
The last Town Car got a wallet-draining 16 mpg city and 24 mpg highway and the MKT was not much better at 16 to 17 mpg city and 23 to 25 mpg highway, depending on options. Well, for fleets later on in the 2013 model year, Lincoln is addressing this concern by offering a 4-cylinder engine – that’s right, a 4-cylinder Lincoln...
This variant will not be made available directly to the public, as it will be a fleet-only model. It will boast a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that pumps out 235 ponies and 260 pound-feet of torque. That’s a 65-horsepower drop from the now-standard V-6 engine, but only a 15 pound-feet decrease in torque. Where the EcoBoost engine comes into play is the fact that it gets 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, that’s a 3 to 4 and 3 to 5 mpg increase, respectively.
It achieves these increases by not only offering two fewer cylinders to fuel, but also that it is only available in front-wheel drive. The lack of an AWD variant may seem like an issue to many non-fleet, but look at any fleet of Town Cars and you’ll find out that they are all rear-wheel drive, so that’s not a concern to fleet owners.
The Lincoln MKT Town Car Fleet is expected to debut later in 2012 and will come in at a base price of $49,845. There are no details on whether the options list is thinned out from the current MKT, but we assume it will all remain the same..
We’ll update you with more info as it becomes available.
Lincoln has unveiled the 2013 MKT at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The revised crossover offers a dramatically improved ride, sharper handling, better fuel economy, and new safety technologies including rear inflatable seat belts. The new 2013 MKT will go on sale in the spring of 2012.
"The 2013 MKT with Continuously Controlled Damping delivers a surprisingly vibrant blend of ride and handling. It’s more than you’d expect from a full-size, three-row luxury crossover," said Scott Tobin, Director, Lincoln Product Development.
For 2013, The MKT will be powered by the standard 3.7-liter V6 engine that includes twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) and delivers a total of 300 HP - an increase from the previous 268 HP. Customers will also be able to choose a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that delivers a total of 355 HP at 5,700 rpm and 350 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,500 to 5,250 rpm.
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The 2010 Lincoln MKT made its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This will be the sixth model in Lincoln’s lineup, and slot between the MKX and the Navigator.
The Ford Flex cousin will be offered with a choice of two engines: a 3.7-liter V6 that delivers 268 hp at 6,500 RPM and 267 ft.-lb. of torque at 4,250 RPM; and a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 that delivers 355 hp at 5,700 RPM and 350 ft.-lb. of torque at 3,500 RPM. The upgraded EcoBoost engine should provide similar fuel economy as the standard (non-turbo) 3.7-liter engine. Both engines are mated to a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. The 3.5 liter version is being offered standard with AWD system, while for the 3.7 version the AWD is optional.
The MKT uses a lot of design touches that have become known throughout the Lincoln family such as the split waterfall grille, single piece rear light, and large greenhouse area. Much of the curves in the design look like they came from the same pen that gave us the surprisingly handsome MKS we had in our fleet.
UPDATE 01/18/2009: Lincoln has just announced prices for the 2010 Lincoln MKT. Sales will begin this summer at a price of $44,995 for the front-wheel drive model and $49,995 for the all-wheel drive version.
After revealing the 2010 MKT at the Detroit Auto Show, Lincoln also revealed pricing on the new luxury crossover. Sales will begin this summer at a price of $44,995 for the front-wheel drive model and $49,995 for the all-wheel drive version.
The 2010 Lincoln MKT will be available with a premium, 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost powertrain as well, and all EcoBoost models will be fitted with AWD. The direct-injection, twin-turbo, 355 hp engine is expected to deliver not only best-in-class power but also best-in-class highway fuel economy, superior to both the Acura MDX and Audi Q7.
For the customers looking for more luxury Lincoln is also offering the Elite Package. At $5000 this package includes: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Warning with Brake Support, Blind Spot Information System, Cross Traffic Alert, Voice-activated Navigation and Power-opening Panoramic Vista Roof.
Ford will unveil at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show the production version of the Lincoln MKT Concept unveiled this January at the same show. As previously reported, the production version will wear Ford’s logo.
The production version MKT will have the 1941 Continental-style bow-wave grille first seen on the MKS and destined to become a Lincoln signature face, a chamfered surface parallel to the beltline and a thick C-pillar, with very little other than overall dimensions to hint at its connection with the Flex. It will come in six- or seven-passenger versions.
In November at the Los Angeles auto show we’ll also see a refreshed MKZ.
New spy shots suggest Lincoln MKT is still under a green light for production in 2009. As TopSpeed reported in January, the Ford Flex based MKT will be a full-sized crossover with an eye for fuel efficiency. Powering the MKT will be a V-6 version of Ford’s new line of direct-injected turbocharged engines known as EcoBoost, which can run on regular gas or E85 ethanol. In this Lincoln, Ford says it should produce 415 horsepower while getting 20% better gas mileage than a comparable engine.
Lincoln has to get this one right to stay competitive. The luxury SUV/Crossover market already is flooded with top-notch talent (like the Acura MDX) and more are on the way (like the Audi Q5.) The original concept for the MKT included a panoramic sunroof and the use of lightweight and recyclable materials. No word yet on how much of this will make it in to production. From a design standpoint, current reports indicate that the testing vehicle’s shape still closely follows the concept MKT that was unveiled earlier this year.
Unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the Lincoln MKT crossover seems to be the main argument of Ford renewing the Lincoln brand. After many years of being considerated only rebadged Fords, Lincoln decided to begin reviving the vehicles with new brands like MKZ and MKX.
The new MKT will use the same architecture as the new Ford Flex but the resemblence stops here. Sources confirmed the fact that the design work is well under way but officially Ford did not reveal any clue.
Lincoln today pulls the wraps off a new premium utility concept vehicle – unsurpassed in its balance of spaciousness, comfort and fuel efficiency – that shows customers a new way to tour in style.
According to Los Angeles Times, Lincoln will unveil the 2009 MKT at the Detroit Auto Show. The MKT is Lincoln’s version of the seven-passenger 2009 Ford Flex that debuted at the 2007 New York Auto Show.