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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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Car and Driver said:
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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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 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.
I think you're right. Still, that rear overhang is horrible! Sexy = long hood and short deck. My two problems with transverse FWD platforms are that the only way to get a long hood is with a long overhang, which then makes the distance from the front door to the rear of the wheel well stand out like the sore thumb that it is!

It is next to impossible to build a truly sexy FWD car, they can look nice, but they will always be off by enough to always play second fiddle to RWD/longitudinal FWD in the looks dept.
 

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Back wheel looks like it was move back 2 inches or so.
WHAT the HECK is with that rear overhang?? altho I'm kinda missing SOME of that 60's flavor lately ... IF well integrated

I'm VERY disappointed the wheelbase isn't longer
tho
- think the front might be a inch or so stretched as well as the back - think the front wheelwell has been can-openered - for testing-clearance? = more wheel-travel for the ComputerControlled suspension? at least during (re)calibration? ...so the axle/dash gap MIGHT be a bit more than regular CD4
- yes, of course it might change
- YES(maybe), my crazy idea of also having a longitudinal Rwd engine would mean a different front end for some variant

- really hope the real sheetmetal will get rid of that stupid little triangle in front of the front door glass ... WHY can't the A-pillar curve down at an ever-so-slightly sharper-vertical angle???


- think that might be an MKZ's lower front fascia

- are those 19" Y-spoke Titanium Fusion wheels?

- one VERY GOOD thing... at least so far it's not any taller (looking) than the Fusion/Z

...still downloading pix & trying to think of a chop possibility
 

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This was likely made to just test the added length for roadability, electronics, and plumbing.
 

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This spy pictures only show to us that the big FWD cars for Ford and Lincoln are alive. The style, the details, the profile of the test mule dont tell us anything about the production version. Is only a test, very crude, mule for start to test the basics mechanics
 

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just had a thought...

*IF* FLincMoCo wants to be serious about re-establishing Lincoln,
they need to start (even) with the MULES not looking like Fords!!

CANNOT let ANYone EVER be unsure which Brand a vehicle belongs to!!
No useful purpose is served in doing that. Haters will hate on them because they are Fords underneath, no matter how hard to try to hide that fact.
 
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