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Jim Dunne has dunne it again... one of the world's most famous (and most irritating, if you're an OEM engineer) spy photographers has caught the 2009 Lincoln MKS as it ran out for a little test jaunt around Dearborn.

While Dunne admits that the presence of an early-prototype MKS is no big whoop after Ford just showed off the concept version last January at Detroit's North American International Auto Show, it's nice to know that with all the shuffling going on at Ford they're still on track with product development.

The MKS will be a Lincoln flagship, boasting a V6 engine mated to a six-speed transmission putting power to the ground via the front wheels. No official word on when the car will launch, but Popular Mechanics says we should expect to see it launch in 2008 as a 2009 model.

[Source: Popular Mechanics]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      #16 I also noticed what seems to be a Flex right behind the MKS in the photo that shows the front and side of the Lincoln.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "The MKS will be a Lincoln flagship, boasting a V6 engine... putting power to the ground via the front wheels."

      What is this, 1983?

      That's so sad. I know they're working with what they have, but... ouch.

      How about spinning it as "nearly 300hp with available AWD" just so you don't depress us all.
      • 8 Years Ago
      One minor point, it was the MKR that was at Detroit in Jan.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Lincoln is planning a front-wheel-drive, V6-powered Lincoln flagship...While HYUNDAI develops a rear-wheel drive, V8-powered flagship.


      Also, when do the "Navigator" and "Town Car" names succumb to Lincoln's "new" naming system? Shouldn't they be the MKN and MKT by now? Not being facetious; just trying to keep Linc honest.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Also, #2...You are slow. Can you say Lexus ES? LX470? Acura TL? Audi A3?

      I agree with #2, you'd have to be mentally challenged to buy the MKS or any of those cars. Let's spend 10k more on the same car woo hoo!
        • 8 Years Ago
        Hardley anything is shared between the 2 cars(Taurus and MKS), unlike that of the Toyota/Lexus or Honda/Acura.

        I think it will be a great car. Those of you that bash american brands needs to go test drive one first. You'll be surprised how good they are.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Man I drive a freakin' Cobalt and I also have a Grand Prix. I enjoy both of them and I not about to buy Japanese any time soon. But I'm not about to pay 10k more for a Cadillac version of either of them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Here's an idea for Lincoln's lineup:

      Mark IX (flagship luxury sports coupe; use the MKR concept)

      Continental (luxury sedan; use the MKS concept)

      Town Car (until its market diminishes, then drop it from the lineup)


      LT (drop the "Mark" designation, which should be reserved for a Mark IX)

      Aviator (change the name of the MKX)

      MKZ (under a different name)

      The only vehicle in Lincoln's lineup that should carry the "Mark" or "MK" name is a Mark IX. Change the name of the "Mark LT" to "LT" and the name of the "MKX" to "Aviator." The name of the "MKZ" should also be changed (unfortunately, it has already been changed once, from "Zephyr" to "MKZ").
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like it. I think even in spy photos form it looks great. Lincoln is actually doing better than they were. The MKZ and MKX are really selling. Today during lunch I saw a Fusion, then right after that a Milan pulled out of a parking lot. Not 2 seconds later there was an MKZ at the light accross from me. What passes going the other way? another Fusion. On my way home..within 2 blocks of eachother..guess what..I saw 2 MKX's, and then an edge, and a Fusion, then another MKZ. I live in in the suburbs and work in Houston so I travel around 23 miles one way. From what I have seen on a daily basis, these vehicles are saving Ford. Now there still arent as many Fusions and such as camrys, but these vehicles are catching on fast. I have no doubt that this MKS will do the same, and then the MKR. If Ford keeps this up, they will make it, and I hope they do, cause I want a new 09 F150 or Mustang!!! =)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've seen and sat in this car. It's a great looking car, inside and out. I don't understand how ppl are saying it'll be a loser by just seeing a "spy" photo. Jeez
        • 8 Years Ago
        I know what you are saying KT! Experience the car for yourselves before you say it's no good.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What is "snobby" RWD? Can I get snobby RWD?
      Also, if they did come out with an MKT, would it be able to run on rails as part of the defunct Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railway? That thing would handle good!
      • 8 Years Ago
      1) no one at ford is calling this flagship .. Ford was smart enough to cancel a MKC sedan larger than the MKS - whcih was also FWD/AWD. Only Media is calling it flagship and wrongly so ..

      2) someone tell me how Audi is a Luxury brand with nothing but FWD/AWD, but for Lincoln it is blasphemy

      3) yes this will have TTD35 in it - 350hp/350ft.lbs

      4) this is not replacing the TC - TC is getting a fece lift next year ..

      5) this will have a RWD BIASED AWD ... sure not as "snobby" as dedicated RWD, but hardly actually inferior

      6) I would love to know the identity of the people clamoring for RWD .. are they actual luxury customers or Civic driving 20-something armchair quarterbacks?

      • 8 Years Ago
      Flagship mated to a TTV6.
      • 8 Years Ago
      the really sad things is that Lincoln has built some of the nicest concept cars over the past decade ... what a line-up they would have if Ford had built each and everyone as a production model ... this, however, will not cut it in today's market place ... too little too late
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