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Spied: Lincoln MKT EcoBoost stretch limo
By Mark Kleis
Mar 10th, 2011
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Ford recently announced that Lincoln has finally found a replacement for the Town Car when Ford’s luxury brand unveiled the Town Car Livery and Limousine variants at the International LCT (Limousine, Charter and Tour) show in Las Vegas, Nevada, in February.

Today, our spies have brought us the very first spy photos of a stretched limousine variant of the MKT Livery model.

What makes this MKT quite unique – aside from the fact it has very obviously been crudely stretched for testing purposes – is the fact that it is also donning what appears to be an EcoBoost badge on the tailgate. Officially, Ford says that the livery variants of the MKT will come with the 3.7-liter V6 engine, but the automaker also suggested more powertrain information would be available closer to launch, which made us particularly curious when we saw this badge.

Given that the car is clearly a testing mule with miss-matched parts, we certainly can’t jump to any conclusions based on an EcoBoost badge alone. It is also worth mentioning that both the 3.7-liter and 3.5-liter EcoBoost MKT civilian models both feature dual exhaust tips, so there is no way to determine the powertrain from the outside alone.

Out with the old, in with the new
Synonymous with limousine drivers everywhere in North America, the Lincoln Town Car has become a veritable cultural symbol – but its fate has been sealed with the imminent closure of Ford’s St. Thomas, Ontario, Assembly Plant. It’s replacement comes in the form of a modified consumer-grade MKT crossover, which compared to the body-on-frame Town Car it replaces, promises to include an even more comfortable ride, improved fuel economy and up to 35 additional horsepower.

The livery variant adds comfort and convenience for second-row passengers in a handful of changes, while the limousine variant comes with a heavy-duty chassis that can be stretched up to 10 feet by third party builders.

Ford likely chose the MKT to replace the Town Car as the crossover hasn’t been selling terribly well on its own accord, and a boost from fleet sales would be welcome at the factory where the Flex and platform sharing MKT are built.

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for those vulgar super-stretch limos ... frankly, I don't care

but for tasteful limousines for weddings, funerals, & dignitaries;
I really want to see a sedan on the MKT-L's longer wlb and strengthened platform
I would like to see an MKS Limo as well for someone who wants a traditional limo instead of a raised up one. If I wanted a large limo for what ever reason I think I would rather get a Navigator limo
 

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A quick point of reference, and I posted this on Left Lane News as well...this is not an EcoBoost MKT. This MKT is running on the standard 3.7L V6 and according to reports from Autoblog.com will be offered in both FWD and AWD with the 3.7L.

Autoblog.com - Lincoln MKT Limo

In this production chassis mule, the boot lid is wearing the AWD badge...not the silver EcoBoost badge.

Those are my two cents...what's yours?
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Something with the rear of this doesn't flow right in Limo form. As 2b2 mentioned here, the vehicle needs more of a sedan look to it. The profile starts ok with the front but stops too short when you get to the rear. Kinda like an AMC Gremlin Limo profile. I agree with Andrew that the MKS should be shown as a limo. I'm surprised this has not happened yet with the Limo builders.

Odd that Royal has a long wheelbase MKZ and no MKS. If the MKS was made longer, would it also have to be a little wider for more roomier 3 across passenger seating?

Also not sure about the rear door waaay in the back and not center opening hinged from the rear like the classic '60's Lincoln's. Or perhaps nobody thought of a power operated rear door mini van style sliding forward instead of rearward. There's enough space to slide forward with the longer wheelbase. Would a power operated sliding door sliding forward not fit with the whole limo experience?
 

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I look at the new Explorer and then the MKT and I think, "Why is the Ford so much better looking than the high-end Lincoln?" The Explorer has great lines with good proportions while the MKT's grille is overwrought, the side body lines are awkward, and the rear is just plain strange. I'm not one for badge engineering for the most part but Lincoln would have benefitted from that if Ford had done to the Explorer what was done to the Expedition to make it a Navagator - add chrome bits and lots of features. It's a cheap way of doing it but the result would've been so much more succesful.

Now Ford is taking this wart and making it disproportionately bigger. This is a good thing?? Terrible.
 
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