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CD4+3 Mule Spied - Car&Driver

Dr.LivingMKStone I ASSUME?...
2015 Lincoln MKS Spy Photos - Car&Driver
A Lincoln in Ford's clothing.

April 2013
BY ANDREW WENDLER

What It Is: A Frankenstein test mule assembled for evaluating what we think will eventually become the 2015 Lincoln MKS. Sometimes in development, an altered version of a known vehicle—in this case, a Ford Fusion—will be used as a baseline to gather data for an upcoming model before the styling is finalized. This particular mule makes use of the Fusion’s CD4 platform that’s been modified to emulate the beefier stance of the MKS’s platform, and the somewhat-crudely attached derriere replicates the general aero shape of the future MKS. It may look like a botched Fusion, but this mule consists of a number of powertrain and aerodynamic fittings that will preview the next-generation MKS...


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the only thing this "tells" me is the wheelbase DOES look ONLY 3 inches longer...

...if I was going to presume, I'd say GrandMandarin for China
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Powertrain: We expect that base-engine duties will be served by Ford’s 3.7-liter V-6, likely joined by the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 as optional powerplants. Our photographer claims this particular mule exhibited a “strong engine and exhaust note,” which could indicate the availability of Ford’s upcoming Nano range of V-6 engines—although we’re told these new mills likely won’t be available until at least a year or two after launch. The choice of front- and all-wheel-drive versions will continue.
Interesting assumption....
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Theres lots of assumptions being made throughout this article but at least there is some mention of the Nano V6 family of engines that I often hear 2b2 reference. But how do they know it's an MKS mule and not a Taurus mule. Aren't both cars due for replacement at the same time?
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So much for the Taurus being dead right?

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2b2, can we get an estimate on the wheelbase length using an overlap?

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Theres lots of assumptions being made throughout this article but at least there is some mention of the Nano V6 family of engines that I often hear 2b2 reference. But how do they know it's an MKS mule and not a Taurus mule. Aren't both cars due for replacement at the same time?
MkS platform = Next Taurus platform. This mule would be technically be a mule for both.

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I´m not sure but the grille looks like the mkz grille
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MkS platform = Next Taurus platform. This mule would be technically be a mule for both.
...So is the CD4+3 platform going to be the new "MQB" of sorts for Ford which would underpin virtually everything from the Focus and higher?
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I don't know why C&D would think that the next MKS would continue on D3. This mule is very CLEARLY using a modified Fusion platform.

The next question is: Is this ONLY for the Taurus? Or is the next MKS sharing CD4.3 as well?
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My thoughts after viewing the image gallery:

1. Clearly the car is going to be wider and we can see by the rear fender flares, yet it would appear that the wheelbase is unchanged from the Fusion/MKZ.
2. Given the above most of the added length is simply hanging off of its a$$ end.
3. Why does it have F150 level of wheel well to tire gap?
4. Chrysler is doing a facepalm right now, cab forward was so 20 years ago. Dodge Intrepid profile anyone?

I know, I know, this is just a mule and does not look anything like what will be the next MKS. But, I just do not like the proportions of this car at all.
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Back wheel looks like it was move back 2 inches or so.

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