• Jun 13th 2007 at 1:02PM
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click above image to view more spy pics of the 2009 Lincoln MKS

The spy photographers from KGP have been scoping out Lincoln MKS prototypes for a while, but this is the first time they've gotten close enough to get a clear view of the interior. The first thing we noticed is that the production interior retains many of the shapes, lines and styling cues from the interior of the Lincoln MKS Concept that debuted at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show. The center channel speaker atop the dash, the four large air vents, the metal trim accenting the sides of the center console are all examples of what Lincoln designers decided to port over directly from the concept. Whereas the concept's dash was awash entirely in buttery soft beige and brown leather, the production interior adds a wood accent bar that spans the width of the dashboard and is repeated on the steering wheel (and likely the door trim). It appears that the top of the production MKS dash, however, will still be covered in leather, as stitching is clearly visible in these spy shots. The center console, however, is devoid of any expressive styling, instead relying on the corporate parts bin to fill the space allotted with buttons and dials. Overall we agree with KGP's assessment that while tasteful and pleasant, the interior of the Lincoln MKS sedan will have a difficult time measuring up to the new standard set by the 2008 Cadillac CTS.

Check out the gallery below for high-res spy shots of the 2009 Lincoln MKS interior, as well as more spy shots of the luxury sedan's exterior.

[Photos: KGP Photography]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I still wish Ford would add a wagon MKS like BMW 5, or Mercedes 240, Audi A4. If I am right this is based on the Volvo S80 platform, as is the Ford Taurus, so I hope it also has a 5 star safety rating. With a wagon they could do the folding third seat and get Americans out of the Truck SUV's. One thing would help Ford sell cars is if this car was able to get 35 MPG.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with Brian Dreggors: what happened to the Continental concept? Man, that was hot.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wonder if Lincoln realizes how many people don't like their new naming system?
        • 8 Years Ago
        The funny thing is, Allan Mullaly also hates it. Bill Ford and Friends must have smoked a bowl right before they started changing names. And I dont blame Mullaly for hating them and changing a few back. Yeah, it looks like a dumb move but I think Mullaly is just putting things the way they should have been from Day One.

        Also, I dont think it's really fair to base your opinions on a pre-production interior. Things can be changed. Also, how does everyone know what this thing looks like? Have you seen it without camo?

        I like it. A little cheap but it's definitely better than some of Ford's other interiors.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm loving the top of the dash. The center speaker and stiching looks great. The rest doesn't really blow mw away, but it's decent. I'm excited to see how SYNC looks on that screen. If they use an attractive color scheme, it will be very functional and classy. If it reminds me of the Delphi radios with the deformed green display, then I will be very sad.

      I can't wait to read some reviews about the manu-matic tranny. That should make it more fun to drive than your average Town Car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      We now know that Ford is goning to sell of Jaguar. Thus what Brand and what cars will be launched to fill that void? The void is a brand with sporting pretentions, quality workmanship and value. Is it Lincoln or is it Pontiac?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Damn GM and their inferior product!

      Wait... :(
      • 8 Years Ago
      The interior looks nice, but it's nothing special. I really wish Lincoln had chosen to stay true to the concept interior. That was one of the best-looking interiors I have seen, an it would have been a selling point. This one cannot compete with Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz interiors.

      Why can't cars have more impressive interiors? Surely it can't be more expensive to make this shape than that that shape.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm with the OK crowd on this one. The CTS cabin looks gorgeous, but you'd think Lincoln stylists would go a little further. An interior can be OK as long as the rest of the car performs superbly.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Dear Ford:

      You still don't get it. This interior rises to the level of let's say the Milan. This is not flagship standard. Why are you striving for mediocrity.

      Go out buy a Lexus, an Infiniti, an Audi, a 2008 CTS, an Audi, an Acura study carefully and go from there.

      On your new grille, Who signed off on that clusterphuck. Way, way, way too busy. Elegance is supposed subtle, tone it down. Doesn't have to be boring, doesn't need to look like an overdressed hooker with too much mascara.

      Why is it that the finish on all of your new cars: MK-Z, MKX, MKS have the feel of the cheap toys the I got when I opened a box of crackerjacks.

      P.S. for the record, I am not a hater. I drive a 2004 LS and love it. Just very disappointed. I see a CTS in my future.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think it looks pretty good. I'm not a fan of Ford cars, but I like Lincoln..plus it's American. I guess I'm a little patriatic in some ways but instead of keep downing the american product, I try (..I said I try)to look at the very few positive notes in our country's automotive products. I love what GM is doing with Cadillac, but in the mist of all this, where is that good ol' Lincoln? This interior is good but I'm afraid it will take more than a good dash board and seats to compete with the the Europeans and Asian companies. Hell, even Chrysler is in a better condition than Lincoln when it comes to competing. I know Ford is in a bad money situation but lukewarm products are going to be the death of them. Lincoln needs better performance, a beautiful rwd Continental based on the 2007 Lincoln MKR Concept and a new fullsize TownCar and and stop using that dumb-ass apha-numberical names that shit is confusing( I can't even tell you the difference in the cars, I just know the MK?)! They have plenty of engines on the shelve (look at all the Mustang options) or retune that good Land Rover or Jaguar engine to help cut cost and revitalize Fords American Luxury division (wouldn't these world class engines help the division to become globally competitive?). I don't know much about the automotive economics but I wouldn't think that it would be that hard!
      • 8 Years Ago
      The dash looks good. The materials seem ok quality. The gear shift knob is too big though.
        • 8 Years Ago
        I'm sorry, but HOW does one rate material quality without sitting in the vehicle for a hands-on?
      • 8 Years Ago
      wow.. parts bin mess... tach and speedo are way too small and look like they are right out of the Escape, but with a different font....wood screams fake.. even if it is or isnt....knobs look cheap, but "gussied-up" with chrome trim...show car's interior was appealing because it was so clean and tidy..aluminum looks great .... prototype's interior looks like every other Ford product. I like Ford products...in the 20-25 K range max... after that... you're just throwing away money. why pay for imitation luxury and be rewarded with a cut-throat interior with inferior materials? maybe Ford has forgotten how much time we spend on the inside of the car.
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