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Lincoln at LAIAS: 2013 MkS and MkT
The new Lincolns start to arrive
FordInsideNews.com
November 17, 2011



We knew they were coming and the wait is over. The 2013 Lincoln MkS and MkT are the first new vehicles under their restructuring. Though they do not show the direct new design path of Lincoln, they do show the features that Lincoln will be focusing on in the future.

The most important part of the new Lincolns can not be seen on skin level. Both the new MkS and MkT feature Lincoln Drive Control with a Continuously Controlled Damping suspension. The MkS is the only vehicle in its segment to have this feature as standard equipment. Drivers can chose between two driving modes including "Drive" and "Sport." This is Lincoln's effort to separate their cars from their Ford counterparts.

With upgraded interiors and fresh new styling, Lincoln hopes they will attract new customers after years of losses. The MkT and MkS interiors have been upgraded with the updated version of MyLincoln Touch.

The MkS with its new 3.7 Ti-VCT engine receives a 3 mpg improvement to 28 on the highway. The MkT features a 1 mpg improvement.

The MkS and MkT come to the market in Spring 2012

In a month and a half in Detroit, Lincoln will debut their first full all-new car under the new plan: the 2013 Lincoln MkZ.

MkS Press Release:

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17, 2011 – Better handling, increased power, improved fuel efficiency, additional standard equipment, more refinement and new technologies that help drivers reduce accident risks provide luxury customers with important new reasons to consider Lincoln and its flagship sedan, the new MKS.

The full-size Lincoln MKS sports an updated, sleeker style for 2013 that headlines a range of improvements that match or exceed more expensive luxury-class contenders.

NEW LINCOLN MKS HIGHLIGHTS

> The Lincoln MKS is the only car in its segment to offer Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) as standard equipment. By monitoring
suspension settings up to 500 times per second, the real-time system delivers a more engaging ride with improved handling, making the 2013 model the best-handling, most road-refined MKS ever

> Lincoln Drive Control allows drivers to easily change the on-road personality of the MKS. Moving the gear selector from 'Drive' to 'Sport' automatically adjusts handling performance, ride firmness, throttle response, shift feel, steering response and traction control/electronic stability control parameters. Drivers can further personalize the CCD suspension settings, including selecting the smoother-riding Comfort setting, using MyLincoln Touch™

> More projected standard horsepower (300 horsepower vs. 274 horsepower for 2012) is coupled with improved fuel economy; projected 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway, a 3-mpg highway improvement versus today’s car

> Significantly larger brake components increase braking power and fade resistance while improving pedal feel

> Improving quietness, additional noise barriers and absorbers are placed in the front wheel wells, around the shock towers, under the hood and in the trunk. Redesigned exterior rearview mirrors reduce wind noise

> Expanded SYNC® functionality includes standard Operator Assist and local Wi-Fi® hotspot capabilities for laptops and tablets

> Collision warning, new Lane Keeping Alert and new Lane Keeping Aid technologies help warn drivers of potentially dangerous situations and can help them avoid common accidents

> Exterior styling updates include new grille, hood, front fenders, HID headlamps, front fascia, 19- and 20-inch aluminum wheels, decklid, rear fascia, LED tail lamps and exhaust tips

> Newly crafted interior features an all-new instrument panel, MyLincoln Touch™ and rich new color schemes complementing new premium materials and genuine stitching


NEW CHASSIS TECHNOLOGY

CONTINUOUSLY CONTROLLED DAMPING

Throughout 13 decades of the automobile’s development, suspension engineers have worked tirelessly to find an ideal balance between smooth ride and satisfying, confident handling. Traditionally, smooth-riding cars have not handled well, and sharp-handling cars have ridden harshly.

The new Lincoln MKS solves this dilemma and stands out as the only car in its segment to have Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) as standard equipment.

“The CCD system in the 2013 MKS helps deliver an exciting driving experience for the driver that is comfortable, smooth and quiet, while at the same time dynamic and involving,” said Scott Tobin, Director, Lincoln Product Development.

Standard CCD delivers a more confident drive experience that introduces a key new Lincoln DNA – the balance of ride comfort and impressive handling.

Regardless of road conditions, drivers will enjoy a markedly smoother, more controlled ride because CCD is always tuning and refining the ride quality. The result of some 4,000 hours of development time, CCD delivers its on-road benefit by significantly extending the chassis' capabilities compared to a chassis with non-adjustable struts and shock absorbers, known as “dampers” by chassis engineers.

REAL-TIME DAMPING

Compared with the fixed-rate dampers fitted to the 2012 MKS, the new CCD dampers for the 2013 MKS offer dramatically expanded control range.

CCD utilizes an array of 46 inputs to feed data to a sophisticated control unit that continuously monitors more than 23,000 packets of information per second. Algorithms react to the data by calculating the optimal damping force every 2 milliseconds or 500 times per second. The system commands damping force changes 20 times per second (20Hz). On average, large damper force adjustments (such as firm to soft) occur in just 11 milliseconds. For engineers, mechanical actions that occur in less than 13 milliseconds are considered real-time actions.

The system’s powerful processing speed and fast-acting mechanicals enable CCD to constantly read the road surface and continuously adjust damping rates in real time across the three selectable ranges – Sport, Normal and Comfort. CCD operates so quickly that it can react pre-emptively.

CCD recognizes, for example, when the car is encountering a pothole and can instantly tighten damper control to prevent the wheel and tire from experiencing the full depth of the pothole. Typically, the damping rate increases by more than 150 percent versus the system’s softest setting, helping to smooth out an otherwise harsh and jarring event. The system is so quick that inputs received at the front wheels are then used to prepare the rear wheels to deliver a more refined driving experience.

“CCD is always active, and it underpins the expanded dynamic capabilities of the new MKS,” said Brian Naspinsky, Lincoln Vehicle Integration engineer. “CCD makes it possible to provide a smoother, more controlled ride over virtually any road surface in part by reducing body roll by up to 20 percent. CCD also improves handling. Understeer on the MKS has been reduced by approximately 25 percent, so the car feels more eager and ready to respond.”

LINCOLN DRIVE CONTROL

“Lincoln Drive Control is where the magic happens because it pulls all of the car's adjustable elements – suspension, steering, engine, and gearbox – into one harmonized system," explains MKS chief engineer, Mike Celentino. “With Lincoln Drive Control, the new MKS feels sporty, nimble and connected, yet the Lincoln ride is still there.”

The Lincoln Drive Control interface lends MKS distinct driving personalities that drivers can select. They include:

> Normal mode – When the gear selector is in Drive, Lincoln Drive Control delivers the ideal Lincoln ride, balancing comfort with confident control and handling. Many drivers will find this setting perfect for everyday driving as it provides an engaging drive experience and a direct connection to the road without sacrificing the composure and smooth expected from a luxury sedan

> Sport mode – When the gear selector is in Sport, Lincoln Drive Control transforms the vehicle’s personality to deliver a more performance-oriented driving experience. The following systems change settings in Sport mode:

> The CCD suspension switches from operating in its normal range to its firmest sport range which offers 25 to 30 percent more control than Normal mode, emphasizing handling

> The electric power-assisted steering recalibrates to provide more road feel and greater steering effort

> The engine responds more directly to the driver’s inputs

> The transmission upshifts at higher rpms. Downshifts become more aggressive and the transmission holds gears longer and during cornering. Additionally, sixth gear is locked out

> The vehicle's traction control and electronic stability control settings are modified to allow more spirited driving

In addition to Normal and Sport, Lincoln Drive Control offers Comfort mode for when drivers want the most relaxed driving experience. Comfort mode can be activated using MyLincoln Touch via the Settings menu when the transmission is in Drive.

The Comfort mode instructs the CCD suspension to run in its softest range. The dampers exert 10 to 15 percent less control compared to the Normal mode. The electric power assisted steering system also reduces the effort needed to turn the wheel at low speeds, for example, when parking.

“CCD is the core new technology that makes Lincoln Drive Control possible,” said Naspinsky. “The system’s struts and shocks have more total range from firm to soft than a fixed-rate damper. This gives us the flexibility to offer three distinct suspension settings that gives the MKS multiple driving personalities that are easy for the driver to select.”


POWERTRAIN

ENGINES AND TRANSMISSIONS

Engine
Horsepower
Torque
Projected Fuel Economy
3.7-liter V6 FWD
300
275 lb.-ft.
19 mpg / 28 mpg
3.7-liter V6 AWD
300
275 lb.-ft.
18 mpg / 26 mpg
3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 AWD
355
350 lb.-ft.
17 mpg / 25 mpg
Each engine equipped with six-speed automatic transmission; horsepower, torque and fuel economy projected

The standard engine for 2013 is a more powerful and efficient 3.7-liter V6 that now includes twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT). The ability to vary camshaft timing to optimize the opening and closing of both the intake and exhaust valves increases the engine’s responsiveness and efficiency.

Horsepower for 2013 increases to a projected 300 from 273 – up 9 percent. Torque improves to 275 lb.-ft. at 4,000 rpm from 270 lb.-ft. At the same time, projected fuel economy increases for the 3.7-liter-equipped sedan – a 3-mpg improvement on the highway versus today’s MKS. The 3.7-liter delivers an estimated 19 mpg city/28 mpg highwayfor the front-wheel drive modeland18/26 mpg with the all-wheel-drive model.

The MKS now offers better standard highway mileage than the 2012 Acura RL, Cadillac STS and Mercedes-Benz E-350. Additionally, the Lincoln engine produces its power using regular unleaded fuel, not premium as required by some manufacturers, including Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Specific accessory technologies were added to the 3.7-liter V6 to improve fuel economy performance and efficiency. Active Grille Shutters open and close depending on engine cooling needs. When fully closed, the shutters help reduce aerodynamic drag by 6 percent, improving highway fuel economy. A tuned dual-exhaust system enhances low-end torque. Smart Battery Management also contributes to improved economy by prioritizing the recharging of the vehicle's battery at optimum times, such as when the vehicle is coasting.

3.5-LITER ECOBOOST V6

The premium engine for 2013 remains the twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6, an engine that provides V8 performance with the fuel economy of a V6. The EcoBoost V6 earned a place on Ward’s 2010 “10 Best Engines” list the year it was introduced.

The 3.5-liter gasoline turbo direct-injected (GTDI) engine produces a projected 355 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and an expansive torque curve that plateaus at 350 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,500 to 5,250 rpm. Fuel economy of the EcoBoost/all-wheel-drive powertrain is projected to be 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.


The optional EcoBoost V6 is the most powerful V6 among MKS competitors, producing 45 more horsepower than the Audi A6’s optional supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and 55 more horsepower than the BMW 5-Series’ optional turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6.

“The engine combinations for the 2013 Lincoln MKS deliver an unbeatable combination of more refined power and enhanced fuel economy,” said Greg Johnson, Lincoln powertrain manager. “The 2013 Lincoln MKS has been engineered to deliver performance feel that’s smooth, effortless and confident.”

EFFICIENT SIX-SPEED TRANSMISSIONS

The 2013 Lincoln MKS is equipped with two versions of the six-speed SelectShift Automatic™ transmission, both with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V6 uses the 6F-50. The more powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost uses the heavy-duty 6F-55 which benefits from high-energy friction materials, a larger ring gear and a specific torque converter to handle the high torque output of the twin-turbo V6.

These gearboxes offer MKS drivers the choice of fully automatic operation or manual control. Intuitive to operate, a squeeze back on either paddle will deliver an upshift, while a gentle push forward on either paddle will induce a matched-rev downshift. Unlike some competitor transmissions, SelectShift won’t second guess the driver with an override shift. The manual function is truly controlled by the driver.

ALL-WHEEL DRIVE

All-wheel drive is standard with the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 and optional on the 3.7-liter V6. In good weather, over smooth roads at modest speeds and when AWD is not needed, the system intelligently routes power only to the front wheels for improved fuel efficiency.

When driver input or road conditions indicate that slip might occur, the system sends power to the rear wheels to help prevent tire slip, for example on rain-soaked or snow-covered roads. Beyond providing more traction, AWD also improves handling by helping to reduce understeer, the tendency of the vehicle to “push” in a corner.

A myriad of inputs enables the computer-controlled system immediately to identify and react in as little as 16 milliseconds to changing road conditions and driver demands. The amount of torque sent to the rear axle varies depending on road conditions and dynamic needs.

CHASSIS ENHANCEMENTS

MORE CAPABLE BRAKING SYSTEM

To match the engine’s extra power and the suspension’s additional handling capabilities, Lincoln has significantly upgraded the MKS braking system for 2013, giving the driver confidence and control.

New vented front discs measure 13.86 inches (352 mm), more than an inch larger than in the 2012 model. To enhance brake cooling, the “hat” portion of the front brake disc is also vented, a unique design developed by Ford Motor Company engineers.

Additionally, the diameter of the rear discs increased by 0.58 of an inch to 13.58 inches and these are now vented. Brake pad area and total swept area increased significantly, with each improvement working together to improve overall braking performance, reduce brake fade under heavy use and provide the driver with a more direct and linear braking feel.

STEERING

The MKS steering system received a thorough makeover for 2013. The gear ratio is quicker (15:1 for 2013 vs. 17.1:1 for today’s MKS), making the steering more immediately responsive at all speeds. Additionally, steering boost is now electric rather than hydraulic. The new electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) complements CCD in contributing to the driver-tunable Lincoln Drive Control experience.

Other enhancements contribute to the system's overall improved performance. The steering gear is now solid mounted to the chassis's front subframe. Additionally, a brace has been added under the vehicle (across the transmission tunnel) to strengthen the subframe’s mounting points to the chassis.These details help significantly improve the driver's feeling of being connected to the road through the steering wheel. Overall steering response for the 2013 MKS is improved by up to 25 percent.

EPAS offers additional benefits. At lower speeds, for example when parking, EPAS provides additional boost for effortless maneuverability. At higher speeds, EPAS increases steering effort and feedback, giving the driver a more precise steering feel.

EPAS replaces the traditional hydraulic-assist power-steering pump with an electric motor. This helps save fuel because the motor operates only when assistance is required, unlike the hydraulic systems that run continuously. EPAS was standard on 2010-12 MKS models with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, but for 2013, becomes standard on all MKS models.

Software-based technologies, undetectable by the driver, boost the capability of EPAS. Pull-drift compensation detects road conditions such as a crowned surface or crosswinds and adjusts EPAS to compensate. Active nibble control automatically cancels some unwanted steering wheel vibrations at interstate speeds. These actions are designed to give the driver reassurance and maximum control under all driving conditions.

ACTIVE PARK ASSIST

EPAS is also the primary technology behind the available active park assist (APA) system.

Once engaged via a switch on the center console, ultrasonic sensors precisely measure open spaces to find a suitable parallel parking spot. With a few actions (gear shifting, acceleration and braking), the MKS steers itself into the open space. The driver retains full control of throttle, brakes and shifting the entire time the APA is engaged.

TORQUE VECTORING CONTROL

Drivers are most likely to notice Lincoln’s new Torque Vectoring Control (TVC) system when Lincoln Drive Control is set to Sport Mode. TVC helps the MKS drive through corners with greater balance and poise.

TVC individually influences the speed of the front wheels to enhance cornering agility by mitigating against a dynamic condition engineers refer to as understeer. When accelerating through corners and the system detects a drop in traction, TVC precisely applies brake force to the inside front wheel (that has less grip) causing a transfer of engine torque to the outside wheel (that has more grip). This helps keep the MKS tracking on the driver’s intended line through the corner.

IMPROVED SYNC

SYNC

The next generation of the award-winning SYNC system continues to become easier to use and more robust in its operation. New, simpler screen designs improve the user interface. Larger and bolder fonts make screens easier to read. SYNC's voice recognition experience, powered by Nuance, also improves.

Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Auto software platform continues to be the operating platform that will deliver faster response times. SYNC has evolved from a stand-alone module for communication and entertainment to become a fully integrated operating system for Lincoln vehicles with MyLincoln Touch.

As a further enhancement to the SYNC experience, the standard system in the 2013 MKS provides Operator Assist as a standard SYNC Services feature, allowing users to connect with a live person free of charge.

SYNC also enables the interior of the MKS to become a Wi-Fi hot spot when linked to a data-enabled cellular device. With active Wi-Fi, passengers can link to the Web on their tables or laptops.

DRIVER AIDS

LANE KEEPING SYSTEM

New for the 2013 MKS is a Lane Keeping System that complements the complete collection of driver assist technologies, in addition to the comprehensive safety package including six airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control and AdvanceTrac® ESC (electronic stability control).

Coupled to the new Lane Keeping System is Lane Keeping Alert and Lane Keeping Aid. Together, these technologies add significantly to the advanced driver assistance features already available on MKS, including collision warning and BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert.

Lane Keeping Alert helps drivers avoid leaving their lane unintentionally because of distraction or tiredness. When activated by the driver, Lane Keeping Alert utilizes a forward-facing mono-vision camera mounted behind the rear-view mirror to begin looking for lane markers. A control unit monitors the data and determines when the vehicle is wandering out of its lane. As the vehicle approaches the outer boundary of its lane, the system vibrates the steering wheel, reminding the driver to pay attention.

Lane Keeping Alert is dormant when the turn signal is activated or when the driver is engaged in an evasive maneuver.

Lane Keeping Aid works in concert with Lane Keeping Alert. When activated by the driver, Lane Keeping Aid will gently add torque to the steering wheel to nudge the MKS back into its lane if the driver has drifted too close to the lane’s edge. The system includes the ability to sense if a driver is driving hands-free. A warning chime sounds to discourage misuse of the system.

System sensitivity settings are adjustable via the MyLincoln Touch interface. Neither technology actively prevents lane departures. The responsibility for the safe vehicle operation remains entirely the driver's responsibility.

Driver Alert is the third element of the Lane Keeping System. If the system detects a driving pattern typically exhibited by a drowsy driver, a first-level chime will sound and a friendly suggestion of a coffee cup graphic will appear on the left-hand 4.2-inch instrument cluster LCD screen.

If the driver does not respond and the system continues to sense that the driver is fatigued, further warnings and chimes will occur. Conscientious drivers curious about their state of alertness can monitor their performance any time.

AUTO HIGH-BEAM HEADLAMPS

Auto high-beam headlamps also use the windshield-mounted camera to monitor traffic conditions and control high-beam activation.

In darkness, the high-beam headlamps automatically illuminate unless other traffic is detected. The system continuously scans for stimuli – oncoming vehicle lights prompt the lamps to dim, but traffic lights or a road sign’s reflection will not affect the high beams. The sensitivity setting can be adjusted from the default setting of “Near” to “Far."

COLLISION WARNING

Collision Warning helps prevent common traffic accidents as forward-looking, long-distance radar identifies potential obstacles.

When the danger of a collision is detected, the system warns the driver with an authoritative beep and a simultaneous red warning light projected on the windshield above the instrument panel.

These warnings should be enough to allow the driver to brake before a potential accident. Collision warning also provides emergency brake support which enables harder, quicker deceleration to help drivers stop or reduce speed to lessen the impact of a collision.

ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL

Collision warning is paired with adaptive cruise control (ACC) because both features use the forward-looking radar system. With a range of up to 600 feet, ACC monitors and adjusts vehicle speed to keep it at a safe distance behind another vehicle in the same lane, even in fog or heavy rain.

The sophisticated radar system and control module ignores stationary objects as it determines the closing rate toward the vehicle ahead to determine whether it is necessary to automatically adjust the engine throttle setting or engage the braking system. Able to work at just 20 mph, drivers can set the system to work during normal commuting, helping reduce driver fatigue.

BLIND SPOT INFORMATION SYSTEM

Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with cross-traffic alert can detect vehicles in blind spots during normal driving as well as traffic approaching from the sides when the driver is reversing out of parking spots.

BLIS uses radar sensors to continuously monitor each side of the vehicle to detect when another vehicle enters the defined blind spot zone (within 45 feet). A light appears on the corresponding sideview mirror to indicate another vehicle is in the defined blind spot.

On models without optional BLIS, standard spotter mirrors feature an integrated mirror facet that provides a clear view of anything in a traditional blind spot of a typical exterior rearview mirror.

MYKEY

MyKey® allows parents or other concerned owners to restrict certain Lincoln MKS features when in the hands of a MyKey driver.

Owners simply program the vehicle key through the message center to incorporate features such as:

> A limited top speed of 80 mph

> Prevents deactivation of the Traction Control System that limits tire spin

> Audio system volume limited to 44 percent of maximum volume

> A speed alert chime at 45, 55 or 65 mph

NEW MKS STYLING

EXTERIOR

The dedicated Lincoln design studio has developed a contemporary new look for the 2013 MKS. Every exterior surface from the A-pillar forward is new, including the grille, HID headlamps, front fascia, hood and front fenders. Continuing the new look are fresh 19- and 20-inch aluminum wheels. At the rear, MKS gets a new fascia, LED tail lamps, exhaust tips and a new decklid design that improves access to the trunk.

“The original MK vehicles were, in some ways, deliberately provocative,” said Max Wolff, Lincoln Design director. “The styling of the new MKS adds both refinement and elegance to the car while visually lowering and widening the front end. The continuous bright surround linking the grille and headlamps is particularly rich and adds something significant to what is already an expressive, balanced design.”

INTERIOR

“We have made the new MKS interior much more inviting and engaging, with new capacitive controls and MyLincoln Touch,” said Wolff. “The previous MKS was very linear and horizontal. Now we have an interior that’s dominated by lines that sweep up from the center stack and flow out to the sides. This is a styling cue you’ll see more in future Lincoln models.”

These styling updates transform the 2013 MKS cabin. Subtle ambient lighting adds to the interior’s luxurious, high-tech environment.

INTERIOR FEATURES

The integration of MyLincoln Touch to the new MKS complements Lincoln’s most advanced instrumentation and controls to date.

The main instruments feature a central speedometer flanked by two full-color reconfigurable LCD screens. Content for the 4.2-inch LCDs is controlled by five-way buttons on the steering wheel. An 8-inch multi-function LCD touch screen dominates the center stack and provides the visual and control interface for the entertainment system, phone, navigation and climate control.

INFOTAINMENT SYSTEMS

The new MKS offers two audio systems, both controlled through MyLincoln Touch. The standard system includes AM/FM/CD/MP3/satellite sources playing through a 210-watt system that drives 10 speakers.

The optional audio system is THX® II Certified Car Audio System with AM/FM/CD/DVD/ MP3/HD Radio capability and 16 speakers, including a 10-inch subwoofer. SiriusXM satellite radio with six-month prepaid subscription, an auxiliary input jack and a USB port are also included. System volume automatically adjusts according to vehicle speed, while sophisticated digital signal processing provides spectral balance, a wide dynamic range and exceptional acoustic performance that brings home-theater sound to the road.

SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link with voice-activated navigation controls also are available. A prepaid subscription to SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link is included when the available SD-card based navigation system is selected. MyLincoln Touch and SYNC enable voice-activated navigation control. In addition to an easily updateable navigation database, additional SiriusXM Travel Link features include coast-to-coast weather data, forecasts, fuel prices, sports scores, movie listings and more.

LUXURIOUS, ORGANIC, COMFORTABLE

This Lincoln style is supported by equipment that enhances occupant comfort. Standard heated and cooled 12-way adjustable front seats, adjustable pedals and a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel allow a wide range of drivers to feel immediately at home behind the wheel.

Class-leading available equipment also includes a retractable rear sun shade and, new for 2013, multi-contour adjustable front seats and a heated steering wheel.

Lincoln's available multi-contour seats incorporate seven computer-controlled air bladders to provide occupants with maximum adjustment. Four sections in the seat bottom and three in the seat back can be adjusted. Both driver and passenger seats feature individual static settings as well as dynamic massage settings.

The seat surfaces are provided by the Bridge of Weir leather company. Sourced from Scotland, Bridge of Weir leather also can be found in luxury jets, yachts and furniture. Connoisseurs of fine materials appreciate these leathers for their natural beauty, and the company uses a unique organic tanning method which produces a material free of chromium making it one of the most environmentally friendly, and fully recyclable, leathers available. French and Deck seams on all seats add to the interior’s high level of finish.

Seat cushions, head restraints and seat backs are made with soy foam, which has a lower environmental impact than petroleum-based foams. In addition, the soy-based materials deliver excellent performance for both comfort and durability.

CRAFTED DETAILS

A new heated steering wheel is a welcome option for drivers who live in colder climates. A thin metal element under the wheel’s leather-wrapped rim can raise the wheel rim’s surface temperature from minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 20 degrees Celsius) to 74F (23C) in five minutes.

New woods (Prussian Burl and Brown Swirl Walnut) and leather colors (Hazelnut and Light Dune) complete the extensive list of interior changes for 2013. While there is a consistency to the woods selected for the interior of the MKS, no two Lincoln interiors featuring natural woods display the exact same grain pattern.


THE LINCOLN EXPERIENCE

AFTER-SALE CARE
Lincoln offers a comprehensive warranty and complimentary maintenance package on all of its vehicles, including:

> Four-year, 50,000-mile complimentary maintenance, which includes coverage for oil and filter changes, tire rotations and multipoint inspections for up to eight service visits for all 2011 model year and newer vehicles

> Four-year, 50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty

> Five-year, 60,000-mile safety restraint limited warranty

> Five-year, unlimited mileage corrosion limited warranty

> Six-year, 70,000-mile powertrain limited warranty

ON SALE

The 2013 Lincoln MKS will be crafted in Chicago and is expected to arrive at Lincoln dealers this spring.



MkT Press Release:

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17, 2011 – Lincoln’s MKT full-size crossover offers a dramatically improved ride, sharper handling, better fuel economy and new safety technologies including rear inflatable seat belts for the 2013 model year, providing customers benefits and features that match or exceed more expensive competitors.

NEW LINCOLN MKT HIGHLIGHTS

> Continuously Controlled Damping – included with 355-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine – continuously monitors and adjusts suspension for even better ride and handling

> Lincoln Drive Control – also included with EcoBoost V6 – allows drivers to easily change the dynamics

> More projected standard horsepower and a 1-mpg highway improvement

> New interior styling, new MyLincoln Touch™ system and upgraded exterior design, as well as new safety and convenience features


NEW CHASSIS TECHNOLOGY

CONTINUOUSLY CONTROLLED DAMPING

Making a full-size crossover ride smoothly but handle well can be a real challenge.

“The 2013 MKT with Continuously Controlled Damping delivers a surprisingly vibrant blend of ride and handling. It’s more than you’d expect from a full-size, three-row luxury crossover,” said Scott Tobin, Director, Lincoln Product Development.

Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) is fitted to the new Lincoln MKT when the crossover is equipped with the optional 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. The adjustable suspension enables a more confident driving experience that defines the Lincoln DNA balance of ride comfort and handling. Regardless of road conditions, drivers will enjoy a markedly smoother, more controlled ride because CCD is always tuning and refining the ride quality.

The fully integrated system delivers its on-road benefit by significantly expanding the chassis’s capabilities compared to a chassis with nonadjustable struts and shock absorbers, known as dampers by chassis engineers.

REAL-TIME DAMPING

Compared to the fixed-rate damper standard on the 2012 MKT, the CCD damper on the 2013 MKT offers dramatically expanded control range. CCD utilizes 46 inputs to feed data to a sophisticated control unit that continuously monitors more than 23,000 packets of information per second.

The CCD control module reacts to the data by calculating the optimal damping force every 2 milliseconds or 500 times per second. Mechanical adjustments typically occur 20 times per second, but can be as rapid as 50 times per second. On average, large damper force adjustments (such as firm to soft) occur in just 11 milliseconds. For engineers, mechanical actions that occur in less than 13 milliseconds are considered real-time actions.

CCD constantly reads the road surface and continuously adjusts the suspension in real time within the three selectable ranges – Sport, Normal and Comfort. CCD operates so quickly that it can react pre-emptively.

CCD recognizes, for example, when the MKT is about to encounter a typical pothole. The system instantly tightens damper control to prevent the wheel and tire from crashing down into the full depth of the pothole. Typically, the damping rate increases by more than 150 percent vs. the system’s softest setting, helping to smooth out an otherwise harsh and jarring event. The system is so quick that inputs received at the front wheels are used to prepare the rear wheels to deliver a better driving experience.

“CCD is always active, refining the ride of the new MKT,” said Brian Naspinsky, Lincoln Vehicle Integration engineer. “CCD helps reduce body roll by up to 20 percent, making the MKT feel tighter and more buttoned down. Understeer on the MKT has been reduced by approximately 25 percent, so the car feels more eager and ready to respond. Simultaneously, CCD also makes it possible to provide a smoother, more confident ride over virtually any road surface.”



LINCOLN DRIVE CONTROL

Three distinct driving modes – Sport, Normal and Comfort – are easy to select using the MKT’s new Lincoln Drive Control and the shift lever.

“The new system coordinates the performance of multiple adjustable systems – suspension, steering, engine and transmission – so that it’s easy to use and enjoy,” Tobin said.

Lincoln Drive Control enables drivers to change the driving personality of the MKT:

> Normal mode – When the gear selector is in Drive, Lincoln Drive Control delivers the ideal Lincoln ride, balancing comfort with confident control and handling. Many drivers will find this setting perfect for commuting and everyday driving. This mode provides an engaging drive experience and a direct connection to the road without sacrificing the expected comfort and smoothness

> Sport mode – When the gear selector is in Sport, Lincoln Drive Control transforms this crossover’s personality into a more performance-oriented machine. The following systems change settings in Sport mode:

> The CCD suspension switches from operating in its normal range to its firmest sport range (25 to 30 percent more control than Normal), emphasizing handling

> The electric power-assisted steering recalibrates to provide more road feel and greater steering effort

> The engine responds more directly to the driver’s inputs

> The transmission upshifts at higher rpm, downshifts become more aggressive, and the transmission will hold gears longer and while in corners. Additionally, sixth gear is locked out

> Traction control and electronic stability control settings are also modified to allow more spirited driving

In addition to Normal and Sport, Lincoln Drive Control offers the Comfort mode. When drivers want the most relaxed driving experience, the Settings menu in MyLincoln Touch offers easy access to the Comfort mode.

The Comfort mode instructs the CCD suspension to run in its smoothest range. The dampers exert 10 to 15 percent less control compared with Normal. The electric power-assisted steering system also reduces the effort needed to turn the wheel at low speeds, for example, as when parking.

POWERTRAIN

ENGINES AND TRANSMISSIONS

Engine
Horsepower
Torque
Projected
Fuel Economy
3.7-liter V6 FWD
300
275 lb.-ft.
17 mpg / 25 mpg
3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 AWD
355
350 lb.-ft.
16 mpg / 22 mpg
Each engine equipped with six-speed automatic transmission; horsepower, torque and fuel economy projected

The standard engine for 2013 is a more powerful and efficient 3.7-liter V6 that includes twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT). The ability to vary camshaft timing to optimize the opening and closing of intake and exhaust valves increases the engine’s power and efficiency.

Horsepower for 2013 increases to 300 from 268, a 10 percent increase achieved with projected fuel economy ratings that improve to 17 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, a 1 mpg highway improvement. The MKT now offers more standard horsepower than the Audi Q7 and Acura MDX and nearly matches the 302-hp Mercedes-Benz R-350.
Fuel economy for the MKT achieved on regular unleaded fuel surpasses these competitors by as much as 4 mpg highway.

3.5-LITER ECOBOOST V6

Nine out of 10 MKT retail customers opt for twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, an engine that provides V8 performance with the fuel economy of a V6. In terms of horsepower from optional engines, the MKT fitted with EcoBoost has no direct competition.

“Especially with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost, the MKT delivers a ‘wow’ driving experience in a quiet, comfortable and distinctive crossover,” said Elaine Bannon, MKT chief engineer.

The 3.5-liter gasoline turbo direct-injected (GTDI) engine produces 355 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and an expansive torque curve that plateaus at 350 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,500 to 5,250 rpm. Fuel economy is projected to be 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway. The EcoBoost V6 earned a slot on Ward’s 2010 “10 Best Engines” honoree list the year it was introduced.



EFFICIENT SIX-SPEED TRANSMISSIONS

Lincoln MKT is equipped with two versions of the six-speed SelectShift Automatic™ transmission, both with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V6 uses the 6F-50, and the more powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 uses the heavy-duty 6F-55. This transmission features high-energy friction materials, a larger ring gear and a specific torque converter that optimize the 6F-55 to handle the high-torque output of the twin-turbo 3.5-liter.

These gearboxes offer the driver a choice between fully automatic operation and manual control. Intuitive to operate, a squeeze back on either paddle will deliver an upshift, while a gentle push forward on either paddle will induce a matched-rev downshift. Unlike some competitive transmissions, SelectShift won’t second guess the driver with an override shift. The manual control is truly controlled by the driver.

ALL-WHEEL DRIVE

All-wheel drive is standard with the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6. In good weather over smooth roads at modest speeds – when AWD is not needed – the system intelligently routes power only to the front wheels, improving fuel efficiency.

When driver input or road conditions indicate that slip might occur, the system sends power rearward to help prevent tire slip from happening in the first place (such as on rain-slicked or snow-covered roads).

A myriad of inputs enables the computer-controlled system to identify and immediately react – in as little as 16 milliseconds – to changing road conditions and driver demands. The amount of torque sent to the rear axle varies depending on road conditions and dynamic needs.

CHASSIS ENHANCEMENTS

STEERING

The steering system for the new MKT is improved, too. The gear ratio is quicker (15:1 for 2013 vs. 17.1:1 for 2012), making the steering more immediately responsive.

All new MKT models benefit from electric power-assisted steering. EPAS replaces the traditional hydraulic-assist power-steering pump with an electric motor. This helps save fuel because the motor operates only when assistance is required, unlike hydraulic systems that run continuously. EPAS was standard on 2010-12 MKT models with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and is now standard on all MKT models. The new EPAS parallels CCD in how it provides a tunable driving experience and an expanded range of adjustability.

Depending on model and the Lincoln Drive Control mode (if so equipped), steering response for the new MKT improved 10 to 25 percent compared with 2012.

EPAS offers additional benefits. At lower speeds, such as when parking, EPAS provides additional boost for effortless maneuverability. At higher speeds, EPAS increases steering effort and feedback, giving drivers more precise steering control.

ACTIVE PARK ASSIST

EPAS is also the primary technology behind the MKT’s class-exclusive active park assist (APA). Once engaged via the switch on the center console, ultrasonic sensors precisely measure open spaces to find a suitable parallel parking spot. When engaged, the sensors measure spots and inform the driver of an appropriate spot. With a few actions, the MKT steers itself into the open space. The driver retains full control of throttle, brakes and shifting the entire time APA is engaged.

MORE CAPABLE BRAKING SYSTEM

To match the engine’s extra power and the suspension’s additional handling capabilities, Lincoln has significantly upgraded the MKT braking system for 2013. The new vented front discs measure 13.86 inches (352 millimeters), more than an inch larger than 2012. To enhance brake cooling, the “hat” portion of the front brake disc is also vented, a unique design developed by Ford Motor Company.

Additionally, the diameter of the rear discs increased 0.58 of an inch to 13.58 inches and the discs are now vented. Brake pad area and total swept area increased significantly, with each improvement working together to improve braking performance, reduce brake fade under heavy use and provide the driver with a more direct and linear braking feel.

NEW STYLING

The changes ensure a recognizable Lincoln family look going forward. The grille and front fascia all are new, as are the wheel selections.

“The effort behind the new look was to change the proportion of the MKT from the front view. We helped make it feel wider and a bit less tall, less vertical,” said Max Wolff, Lincoln Design director. “The execution of the new MKT’s grille and the grille bars is a lot more refined and elegant. The new front graphic displays a lot of three-dimensionality, but it’s accomplished in a calmer, more restrained way.”



THREE-ROW INTERIOR

Inside, functional, styling and safety updates transform the already distinctive and roomy interior of the new MKT into an even more welcoming, luxurious and technologically advanced space.

The significantly revised interior complements the airy feeling afforded by the standard Panoramic Fixed-glass Vista Roof™.

The MKT offers three rows of seating configured in six- and seven-passenger alternatives. Highlighting the emphasis on first-class travel, those riding in the second row enjoy more legroom than any vehicle in this class. The second-row seats can also be heated and cooled. The second-row refrigerator (integrated into the center console) remains a popular option.

MYLINCOLN TOUCH

Drivers particularly benefit from the latest upgrade of MyLincoln Touch hardware that equips the new MKT with Lincoln’s most advanced HMI or Human-Machine Interface.

The all-new instrumentation features a central speedometer flanked by two full-color reconfigurable LCD screens. The 4.2-inch LCD screens are controlled by five-way buttons on the steering wheel. The 8-inch multi-function LCD touch screen dominates the center stack and provides the visual and control interface for the entertainment system, phone, navigation and climate control.

INFOTAINMENT SYSTEMS

MKT offers two audio systems, both controlled through MyLincoln Touch. The standard system includes AM/FM/CD/MP3/satellite sources playing through a 210-watt system that drives eight speakers.

The optional hardware is the THX® II Certified Car Audio System that brings home-theater sound to the open road. The 700-watt system plays through 14 strategically aimed premium audio speakers. Sources include AM/FM/CD6/DVD/MP3/HD Radio plus an auxiliary input jack and a USB port. SiriusXM satellite radio with six-month prepaid subscription is standard.

SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link with voice-activated navigation controls are available. A prepaid subscription to SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link is included when the available SD card-based navigation system is selected. MyLincoln Touch and SYNC enable voice-activated navigation control. In addition to an easily updateable navigation database, additional Sirius features include coast-to-coast weather data, forecasts, fuel prices, sports scores, movie listings and more.


CRAFTED, NATURAL, COMFORTABLE

Standard 12-way adjustable front seats, adjustable pedals and power tilt/telescoping steering wheel help accommodate a wide range of drivers.

The leather surfaces for the first two rows of seating are provided by the Bridge of Weir leather company. Sourced from Scotland, Bridge of Weir leather can also be found in luxury jets, yachts and covering fine furniture.

The company uses a unique organic tanning method, which produces leather free of chromium – making it one of the most environmentally friendly and fully recyclable leathers available. French and Deck seams add to the interior’s high level of finish.

The seat cushions, head restraints and seat backs are made with soy foam, which has a lower environmental impact than petroleum-based foams. In addition, the soy-based materials deliver excellent performance and offer equivalent comfort and durability.

The heated steering wheel is a welcome new option for drivers who live in colder climates. A thin metal element under the wheel’s leather-wrapped rim can raise the rim’s surface temperature from minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 20 degrees Celsius) to 74F (23C) in five minutes.

Because interior quietness is a universal luxury cue, the 2013 MKT is significantly quieter than the 2012 model. Additional noise barriers and absorbers were placed in the front wheel wells, around the shock towers, under the hood and in the trunk. The exterior mirrors also were redesigned to reduce wind noise.

IMPROVED SYNC

SYNC

The next generation of the award-winning SYNC system continues to become easier to use and more robust in its operation. New, simpler screen designs improve the user interface. Larger and bolder fonts make screens easier to read. SYNC’s voice recognition experience, powered by Nuance, also improves.

Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Auto software platform continues to be the operating platform that will deliver faster response times. SYNC has evolved from a stand-alone module for communication and entertainment to become a fully integrated operating system for Lincoln vehicles with MyLincoln Touch.

As a further enhancement to the SYNC experience, the standard system in the 2013 MKT provides Operator Assist as a standard SYNC Services feature, allowing users to connect with a live person free of charge.

SYNC also enables the interior of the MKT to become a Wi-Fi hot spot when linked to a data-enabled cellular device. With active Wi-Fi, passengers can link to the Web on gaming systems, PDAs, tables and laptops.

OCCUPANT PROTECTION

INFLATABLE REAR BELTS

Second-row outboard passengers – often children or mature passengers – can benefit from available inflatable rear belts, a segment first.

These advanced restraints spread impact forces across more than five times the area of conventional safety belts, reducing pressure on the chest while helping to control head and neck motion.

DRIVER AIDS

DRIVER-ASSIST TECHNOLOGIES

The 2013 MKT offers a complete collection of driver assist technologies in addition to the array of six airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction control and AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control™).

Lincoln MKT earned a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for 2010 and 2011. To earn the ranking, a vehicle must receive a “good” (the best available) rating in all four of the institute’s crash tests: front, side, rear and rollover, and have electronic stability control as an option. The MKT met all current requirements while offering much more technology to assist drivers.

CURVE CONTROL

Curve Control is a dynamic feature designed to help drivers maintain control if they inadvertently take a curve – such as a freeway off-ramp – too quickly. Curve Control senses when a vehicle is entering a curve too quickly, and can automatically apply the braking system to reduce vehicle speed by up to 10 mph in approximately one second. The reduction in speed is often enough to help drivers follow their intended path.

LANE KEEPING SYSTEM

The newly available Lane Keeping System adds to the advanced capabilities already offered on MKT, including collision warning and BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert.

Lane Keeping Alert helps drivers avoid leaving their lane unintentionally because of distraction or fatigue. When activated by the driver, Lane Keeping Alert utilizes a forward-facing mono-vision camera mounted behind the rearview mirror to begin looking for lane markers.

Above 40 mph, a control unit monitors the data and determines when the vehicle is wandering out of its lane. As the vehicle approaches the outer boundary of its lane, the system vibrates the steering wheel, cueing the driver to pay attention. Sensitivity settings are adjustable via MyLincoln Touch.

None of these technologies actively prevent lane departures. The responsibility for safe vehicle operation remains entirely the driver’s responsibility.

Lane Keeping Alert remains dormant when the turn signal is activated or if the driver is engaged in an evasive maneuver.

It works in concert with Lane Keeping Aid. When activated, Lane Keeping Aid will add torque to the steering system to nudge the MKT back into the center of its lane if the driver drifts too close to the lane’s edge and does not take the needed corrective steering action. The system includes the ability to sense if a driver is driving hands-free. A warning chime sounds to discourage system misuse.

Driver Alert is a third element of the Lane Keeping System. If the system detects a driving pattern consistent with a drowsy driver, a first-level chime will sound and a friendly suggestion of a coffee cup graphic will appear on the left-hand 4.2-inch instrument cluster LCD screen.

If the driver does not respond and the system continues to sense that the driver is fatigued, another warning and chime will occur. Drivers curious about their state of alertness can monitor their performance at any time.

COLLISION WARNING

Collision warning helps prevent common traffic accidents. Forward-looking, long-distance radar identifies potential obstacles. When the danger of a collision is detected, the system warns the driver with an authoritative beep and a simultaneous red warning light projected on the windshield.

These warnings should be enough to allow the driver to brake before the accident. Collision warning also provides brake support. This function enables harder, quicker deceleration to help drivers stop or reduce speed and lessen the collision impact.

ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL

Adaptive cruise control (ACC) is paired with collision warning because both utilize the forward-looking radar system. With a range up to 600 feet, ACC monitors and adjusts the speed of the MKT to keep it at a safe distance behind a lead vehicle in the same lane, even in fog or heavy rain.

The scanning radar unit and control module ignores stationary objects as it determines the closing rate toward the vehicle ahead to assess whether it is necessary to automatically adjust the engine throttle setting or engage the braking system.

With the capability to work at speeds as low as 20 mph, drivers can set the system to work during normal commuting, helping reduce driver fatigue. Three programmable system settings are accessed through MyLincoln Touch.

BLIND SPOT INFORMATION SYSTEM

The available Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with cross-traffic alert can detect vehicles in blind spots during normal driving and traffic approaching from the sides when reversing out of parking spots. BLIS uses radar to detect when another vehicle enters the defined blind spot zone. A light appears on the corresponding sideview mirror to indicate another vehicle is in the defined blind spot.

MYKEY

MyKey® allows parents or other concerned owners to restrict certain Lincoln MKT features when in the hands of a MyKey driver. Parents simply program the vehicle key through the message center to incorporate features such as:

> Limited top speed of 80 mph

> Traction control system that limits tire spin cannot be deactivated

> Audio system volume limited to 44 percent of maximum volume

> A speed alert chime at 45, 55 or 65 mph

LIVERY MODELS

CHAUFFEUR-DEDICATED EDITIONS

MKT also features two chauffeur-dedicated models – the 2013 Lincoln MKT Town Car Livery and Limousine.

The MKT Town Car offers a higher roofline, roomier, more sophisticated seating, a spacious trunk plus even easier passenger entry and exit. Two Town Car body styles include standard livery version with available all-wheel drive, and stretchable heavy-duty Limousine with standard all-wheel drive. The limo chassis accommodates stretches adding an additional 120 inches (10 feet).

MKT Town Car Livery model improves passenger comfort thanks to redesigned rear seating. Second-row seats have been repositioned rearward by 1.5 inches for additional legroom.
A switch on the rear passenger side door allows a rear seat passenger to control the front passenger seat, providing even more legroom. The three-person rear seat also reclines. The new MKT Town Car Livery model provides operators with 39.6 cubic feet of cargo volume.

All commercial vehicles include comfortable and productive work environments for drivers and passengers. Standard technologies include SYNC, hands-free navigation, standard Wi-Fi capability and a rear view camera system.

THE LINCOLN EXPERIENCE

AFTER-SALE CARE
Lincoln offers a comprehensive warranty and complimentary maintenance package on all of its vehicles, including:

> Four-year, 50,000-mile complimentary maintenance, which includes coverage for oil and filter changes, tire rotations and multipoint inspections for up to eight service visits for all 2011 model year and newer vehicles

> Four-year, 50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty

> Five-year, 60,000-mile safety restraint limited warranty

> Five-year, unlimited mileage corrosion limited warranty

> Six-year, 70,000-mile powertrain limited warranty

ON SALE

The 2013 Lincoln MKT will be crafted in Oakville, Ontario, and is expected to arrive at Lincoln dealers this spring.
 

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I really like the MKT's wheels, I am not sure how I feel about these redesigns however.

I am still stumped as to why they didn't up the power in the EcoBoost and why they didn't put the power in the 3.7 to 305. The MKX has 305 but the larger MKT will have 300? It makes no sense
 

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I like the mkt now. It just looks cleaner and sleeker now, like it has had a haircut and a shave. The mks appears to be a little under dressed, but I will save judgement till I see them in person.
 

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Without seeing them in person, the only thing I can say that I like without a doubt in the rear of the MkS. I will reserve final judgement until I see them in person. However, the MkT in these pictures just came off as an American Ssangyong.
 

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I really like the MKT's wheels, I am not sure how I feel about these redesigns however.

I am still stumped as to why they didn't up the power in the EcoBoost and why they didn't put the power in the 3.7 to 305. The MKX has 305 but the larger MKT will have 300? It makes no sense
I'm not sure about the styling yet - but that's ok - worthwhile design takes time to absorb
looks like the MPG increase won out over more HP = fine I think
(still reading)

V.GLAD the Z WILL BE at NAIAS!!!
 

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I still don't know if the MKS has front LEDs or not. It's really hard to tell..
 

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Hmm, my main issue with the MKT was its rear - and that remained unchanged..
 

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I've been reading and looking at MKS pix...

the bad first
• looks like this pic shows there isn't any mystery vehicle to be an Aviator tomorrow



the good
• the features sound like a "Theory of Everything/Unified Lincoln-Field Theory"**
with Lincoln's "mission" finally being significantly different from the gussied-up-Fords of the past
• the MKS car-styling is interesting, imho/so-far there's a powerful-yet-refined boldness to the new front
• overall, the MKS sounds like it's practically a new car under still too-familiar sheetmetal, tho in-person the changes MIGHT trump the sameness

can't wait for real world pix & video


** I was watching Nova "The Fabric of the Cosmos" while reading
 

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I love the changes Lincoln made to the MKS. The styling modifications seem to flow much better with the overall shape of the car. The car now looks much more distinctive and more "Lincoln-esque" to me. It also looks much more sophisticated and refined. With the improvements made to the interior and the added tech, I think people will take a second look at this car. I think it may appeal to those who might see the design of the new Cadillac XTS as a little too controversial or polarizing for their tastes (although I think the XTS is pretty sharp looking too).

As far as the MKT: "Lipstick on a pig". The new front end looks somewhat better, but that doesn't change the fact that the overall design is hideous and unappealing. Making it look "less tall, less vertical" wasn't the issue with the styling; making it look less like a deformed hunchback monstrosity was the real issue. I think Lincoln did the best it could with the restyling without investing a huge lump of cash on it (which a radical reshaping would have required), but I still don't see the modified version doing much better in the market. Lincoln needs to fast track a replacement for this dud to market as soon as possible. I can't believe I'm even suggesting this, but I think Lincoln would have much better luck with a heavily modified version of the current Explorer than trying to salvage the MKT (and that's saying quite a bit considering how much I detest rebadges).
 

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...the good
• the features sound like a "Theory of Everything/Unified Lincoln-Field Theory"**
with Lincoln's "mission" finally being significantly different from the gussied-up-Fords of the past
• the MKS car-styling is interesting, imho/so-far there's a powerful-yet-refined boldness to the new front
• overall, the MKS sounds like it's practically a new car under still too-familiar sheetmetal, tho in-person the changes MIGHT trump the sameness

can't wait for real world pix & video...
From what I understand, the changes that Chrysler made to the Sebring to morph it into the 200 have significantly changed the fortunes of that car (even though the middle section of the car still looks awkward and somewhat unappealing; the front and rear of the car looks great). Although the MKS resides in an entirely different stratosphere than the 200, I'm hoping that the changes that Lincoln made will produce similar results for the MKS in the market. I think the new front/rear treatments really do accentuate the shape and overall design of the MKS (as opposed to the 200, where the nice looking front/rear treatments look like they belong on an entirely different car). To me, the MKS really does look like a class act now.

I can't wait to see it in real world photos and video too. I also would like to see it in a darker color.
 

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I wasn't expecting much, and I wasn't disappointed. These trivial changes will do nothing to address the complete failure of these two vehicles, the Edsels of our times.

Ford should have never bothered developing them in the first place. Imagine if the MKS and MKT development budget had instead been put into a beautiful new Town Car, using the Flex wheelbase and width? If only.

I fear for the survival of Lincoln, I truly do.
 

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Something I noticed about the relationship between the side character line and the headlight housing on the MkS. On the current MkS, the side character line just bluntly stops at the top of the headlight housing, about 1/3 of the way in from the outer edge of the housing (basically, the character line doesn't flow into anything). On the revised MkS, the side character line flows into the top edge of the headlight housing, thus the character line appears as though its flowing off the grille/headlight housing. It's just a minor touch that I think adds a greater degree of sophistication to the design of the revised MkS.

I also love the new hood. The pronounced character lines and the way the hood flows down the middle of the new grille look awesome.

I also love the chrome accent that surrounds the grille opening and headlight housing which make the grille and headlight look like one continuous piece. I know Lincoln also does this treatment on the current MkZ, but it looks more refined and sophisticated on the revised MkS.

The shape and size of the grille looks much more stylish and appropriate also.

Bascially, I really, really like the new front end treatment on the MkS. The more I look at it, the more I find to appreciate and admire.
 

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No comment until I see more pictures....Oh, ****, I can't wait...Ford should just sell the Lincoln division to GM now, so they can restart Oldsmobile.
 

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For now until I can see more, the grille is an improvement over the current. It has more of a '70's Mark4 flair to it which I think is a good thing. Of course keep in mind that these are transition vehicles to what will come next.
 

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The MkS looks have improved measurably but it's not what I'd consider to be a beautiful car, merely good looking. The MkT still has a monstously large grille and homely side and tail views. Why? DISAPPOINTED!
 

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I think that Lincoln did the best they could with what they had, especially with the MKT. I can understand getting the funky look with the FLEX. but I've never been able to understand the reasoning for the look of the MKT. I thought the MKS was a decent-looking car, and the new changes make it even better. However, you aren't going to sell in great volumes until you go RWD. Well-heeled people want the latest and greatest, and Lincoln does not do it for these people apparently. I guess Audi has front-wheel biased AWD, so I've read, but they have other prominent vehicles which have upped their desirability with the wealthy. I like their designs far more than BMW and Mercedes as well. Lincoln has made these updates to keep selling about what they have been, and I guess the MKZ, which most people can accept as FWD, will be the volume money-maker, if Lincoln played it right on the design. I do think that Ford got people's hopes up too much with these redesigns. I will say that I really like the new interiors.
 

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I really really like the changes to the MKS. It seems to all fit together better now. There was something about the MKS that just didn't seem right to me even though I couldn't put my finger on exactly what it was, but it seems like they figured it out. The rear end looks so so much better and fitting with the car, so maybe that's what the problem was! I have to say that I am quite happy with it and wish I could afford one so that I could show up all the BMW/Mercedes/Audi jerks.

The MKT changes were a bit disappointing but I didn't have much of a problem with it before. I think it's the best luxury crossover already so even with these minor changes it's much better. The sad reality though, is that people will probably still ignore it and buy ugly and boring Lexus and Acuras. Their loss!

I'm just in big FWD luxury car heaven with the MKS and the XTS!
 

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Overall I like the updates to both the MKT and MKS. The T looks much more refined and less of an Edsel than the outgoing model. I still think they could have made some changes to the rear facade. I like the new S most of all including the much needed update to the rear section. The only disappointment to me is the lower air intake which mimics the grill of the new Taurus and Evos. In other words it reminds me too much of a Ford. I really like the idea of two different gage clusters for the MKS.
 

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The most important change - IMO - is what we can't actually see: If they did a great job on the damping control, we might get a ride quality we've never experienced on a Lincoln before. This will be an important aspect as well.

Pricing will be interesting as well. I'm wondering if Lincoln can add all these features without a (significant) price-increase. If a fully loaded EcoBoost stays below $60K, I honestly don't see a car on the entire market that offers more for that amount of money. Certainly no BMW, Mercedes or Audi and I can't think of an American vehicle either..
 
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