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.
With Jaguar and Land Rover gone, Ford wants to bring back the Lincoln name with the unveiling of new vehicles that boast brand-exclusive styling. Until now the biggest surprise from Lincoln if the MKS sedan that went on sale last month. But this won’t be the big news coming from the brand.
The MKZ will be restyled in 2010. All of the sheet metal from the A-pillar forward and the C-pillar back will be new. The MKZ will adopt Lincoln’s signature design cues, such as the split grille.
As reported few hours ago, Ford is considering rear-wheel-drive cars for the Ford and Lincoln brands. . Those large rwd sedans had been expected to go on sale by the 2013 model year.
The Town Car will be discontinued in 2011.
Lincoln will get a version of the next-generation Escape for the 2012 model year. The vehicle will be based on the second-generation Ford Kuga; the first generation debuts in Europe this summer. The fwd vehicle, code-named C506, is expected to be assembled at a plant in suburban Kansas City, Mo.
The MKX will also be restyled in 2011. It will adopt some of Lincoln’s new design cues, such as the split grille. All of the sheet metal from the A-pillar forward will be new. The tailgate and taillight designs likely will be new.
The MKT will go into production for the 2010 model year at the Oakville, Ontario, assembly plant. Styling is expected to draw inspiration from the MKT concept displayed at the 2008 Detroit auto show.
Taking a significant leap from the traditional 30- and 60-second broadcast advertising model, luxury automaker Lincoln is delivering a first this week with the national television launch of a three-minute movie featuring the all-new 2009 Lincoln MKS .
Shot on location in Hollywood Hills, MadCrazyLove is a three-minute commercial, with accompanying 30- and 15-second spots, that introduces the newest member of the Lincoln family – the 2009 Lincoln MKS – against the backdrop of a fun, romantic story.
The new three-minute spot makes its television debut today during the Black Entertainment Television Awards pre-show.
The 30- and 15-second spots will begin airing today on select cable television and nationally syndicated programs. National print and digital media are included in the media mix and scheduled for rotation beginning in July.
The much-anticipated 2009 Lincoln MKS , Lincoln’s all-new luxury flagship, is now shipping to dealerships nationwide. The new flagship sedan from Lincoln is an excellent value, thanks in part to its the comprehensive safety, convenience and comfort technologies.
Prices start at $38,465 (including destination), thousands less than facing competitors from Lexus and Acura. For example, the base Acura RL is priced at $46,995, but does without many features that come standard on the base MKS. Standard features on the MKS that are optional or not included on the RL are: reverse sensing system, heated rear seats, cooled front seats and keyless entry keypad.
Adding to the value story, of course, is the overall level of connectivity that is available on the new Lincoln sedan: SYNC is standard and the company’s next-generation of navigation, which includes SIRIUS Travel Link, is available. No other car maker, luxury or otherwise, offers such a comprehensive suite of new technology.
The all-new 2009 Lincoln MKS full-size luxury sedan, that made its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, debuts today, providing customers understated style, first-of-a-kind convenience features, advanced safety and one of the best values in the luxury market.
Although the luxury sedan will not arrive in dealerships until this summer, more than 8,600 orders have been placed and more than 60% of early orders features the high-level "Ultimate Package".
The MKS is offered in two versions: AWD and FWD. The FWD version is priced at $37,665, while the AWD at $39.555. The prices for the available packages are as follows: Aluminum Applique Package $195, Ultimate Package $5,715, Navigation Package $2,995, Technology Package $1,115. Full pricing in here.
Road&Track revealed today the Top 5 Most Comfortable Cars In America. Ford’s luxury division, Lincoln, received the first place with its MKS.
(More winners after the jump)
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.