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Opinions on something so subjective and relative as size not withstanding, the LS was launched in 1999 as a full size luxury sedan on the same platform and relative size as the full size Jag S type. I vividly recall all the exec hype at that time. Considering it ‘mid-size’ as some do is a relative statement.
Remember, this was first sold during a period when Ford was selling the much smaller Contour/Mystique labeled as mid size. Would you consider them in the same class size? Of course not. They are barely Focus sized. Even the 1999 Taurus was about same or smaller, yet considered full size. And yes, the Town Car was bigger still, but that does not delegate the other’s class, only relative size.
The problem with this line of thinking is that while it may feel full size in comparison to the Contour, which were miserable failures due to their having little more interior space than the entry Escort, that alone doesn't make it a full size sedan. The market says what it is, and in the market it was comparable to other mid-size sedans.

There is nothing subjective about it's size, it was mid-size by every standard of the day.
 

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The problem with this line of thinking is that while it may feel full size in comparison to the Contour, which were miserable failures due to their having little more interior space than the entry Escort, that alone doesn't make it a full size sedan. The market says what it is, and in the market it was comparable to other mid-size sedans.

There is nothing subjective about it's size, it was mid-size by every standard of the day.
There are no standards in size, only relative-ness.
Jag S was also considered full, and about same size as LS.
I can list several other vehicles in that era with similar classification and dimensions.
Just the way things were - THEN
 

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There are no standards in size, only relative-ness.
Jag S was also considered full, and about same size as LS.
I can list several other vehicles in that era with similar classification and dimensions.
Just the way things were - THEN
Wings, the Jag S was a midsize, the XJ is the full size, IMO the LS was a midsize also and compete with the E class, 5 series, etc.
 

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LS was most certainly a mid size and not a full size. No reason why Lincoln would have 3 full size sedans in 2000 to 2002

Did some quick numbers so you guys can compare

LS:
Wheelbase 114.5 inches
Length 193.9 inches

Town Car:
Wheelbase 117.7 inches
Length 215.3 inches

Continental 98-02:
Wheelbase 109.0 inches
Length 208.5 inches

5 Series 96-03
Wheelbase 111.4 inches
Length 188 inches

7 Series 01-08
Wheelbase 117.7 inches
Lenght 198 inches

E Class 02-09
Wheelbase 112.4 inches
Length 190.3

S Class 98-05
Wheelbase 116.7 inches
Length 198.5 inches

Audi A6 97-04
Wheelbase 108.7 inches
Lenght 188.8 inches

Audi A8 02-09
Wheelbase 115.9 inches
Length 199.3 inches
 

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quickie comment...

a recent acquaintance has an LS
saw him today and sat in his car f/r = my first time in an LS
(specifically for this post!)
imho it's a bit tighter inside than a current MKZ but not a whole lot
@Andrew L , do you agree?
Having owned both this is what I can say.
Front seat room is probably the same or feels the same at least.
Rear seat room is night and day. MKZ has a lot more knee room. The LS tried to remedy this by making the back seats almost reclined but knee room is non existing if the front passengers are tall. I'm 6 foot even and had to have the seat back almsot all the way which left little to anyone behind me.
 
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If I remember correctly the LS was placed as a 5-series fighter not a 7. Even Jag built a bigger sedan than the S. Full size and mid-size continues to evolve. My 2001 e39 5-series was approximately the same size as the current f30 3-series. All this stuff is subjective anyway.
 

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New York International Auto Show. Official site for New York International Auto Show tickets. 2017 Show Dates: Apr 14 - Apr 23, 2017.
 

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Wed April 12 first press days, Lincoln is scheduled for 9:45am, and I'll be there awaiting the new Navigator debut!
I hope they will show a black label theme with it
 
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I kinda think we might ONLY get to see [BL] Navigators

anyone remember how the production Conti proceeded??
afaik just the Rhapsody & Chalet(+ Jade paint) at first
(kinda remember a Thoroughbred shown (the next show?) but NO official or media fotos - just a guy on fb)(it was Vineyard & Cabernet)
*AND* we didn't get pricing for MONTHS after that iirc
 

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Wed April 12 first press days, Lincoln is scheduled for 9:45am, and I'll be there awaiting the new Navigator debut!
I can confirm that Navigator WILL debut at the New York show. A Lincoln rep at the local Fort Lauderdale Auto Show over the weekend told me it was set to debut there.
 
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