The dynamic, powerful and clean-lined Lincoln MKS is the first production vehicle to embrace the Lincoln design DNA introduced on the Lincoln MKR concept.
"The Lincoln MKS is a substantial car with a well-proportioned athleticism and several signature design cues we developed after carefully auditing the best Lincoln design elements over time," says Peter Horbury, Ford Motor Company executive director of design for The Americas.
"Lincoln was always much more discreet, exuding a kind of understated luxury," adds Horbury. "The same as today, Lincoln projects a much higher level of confidence in the owner. The Lincoln owner views the MKS as a reward for hard work, not simply an outward symbol of status."
The most striking exterior design feature is the double-wing grille, inspired by the 1941 Lincoln Continental. The grille sweeps up into the jewel-like headlamps forming a single graphic element that further accentuates the face.
A bright chrome Lincoln star rests prominently on the body color separation between the elements of the double wing grille.
"It’s a clean execution that gives the badge somewhere to sit without fighting with the grille behind it," said Horbury.
The lower fascia opening is highlighted in a very tasteful grille made of thin chrome strips. Fog lamps are set into recessed areas at the outer edges of the fascia that are defined by delicate chrome trim.
The edges of the grille are drawn into creases over the sculpted hood and flow up the A-pillar, defining the fast-raked windshield and forming the sleek roofline.
Detailed high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps sweep around into the front fenders and into the crease that runs the length of the vehicle forming the base for its broad shoulders. The beltline kicks up slightly over the rear wheels, another modern tribute to classic Lincoln design.
The high beltline is defined by a strip of polished stainless steel that continues around the side windows and finishes with a wide flourish at the front edge of the C-pillar. This elegant graphical detail defines the side window shape and accentuates the tapered cantrail of the cantilevered roof, one of the staples of classic Lincoln design.
Clean flowing side surfaces are only interrupted by the door handles and Lincoln Star displayed on the front fender. The high beltline, chamfered surfaces and clean sides plant the Lincoln MKS to the road and give it a confident and proud stance.
Polished stainless steel strips also run the length of the car from the A-pillar and down the edges of the fast rear glass, framing the available twin-panel moon roof and flowing into the tall decklid.
Body-colored, manual-fold, power adjustable, heated side mirrors with memory also feature security approach lamps and driver side electrochromic auto-dimming.
Exquisitely detailed LED taillamps are accented by a wide vertical white light strip that runs along the edge of the decklid. A horizontal chrome strip inset with a Lincoln star punctuates the rear. Chrome exhaust tips are set into the lower portion of the rear fascia.
The Lincoln MKS comes standard with 18-inch, 10-spoke painted cast aluminum wheels. Two 19-inch wheels are available, a 10-spoke bright machined painted cast aluminum and 10-spoke premium painted cast aluminum. A segment-exclusive 20-inch, 11-spoke polished cast aluminum wheel is also available.
Nine exterior paint colors are available, including a new Tuxedo Black Metallic. The new formula uses tiny glass flakes in place of the mica flakes normally used for metallic paints. The smaller glass flakes allow for the use of more of them resulting in a metallic paint that glistens even more brilliantly in the light.
Additional colors are: Light Ice Blue Clearcoat Metallic; Dark Ink Blue Clearcoat Metallic; White Chocolate Tri-Coat Clearcoat; Cinnamon Clearcoat Metallic; Smokestone Clearcoat Metallic; Brilliant Silver Clearcoat Metallic; Sangria Red Clearcoat Metallic; and White Suede Clearcoat Metallic.