• Jan 8, 2008

Click image for a gallery of the suspected Lincoln MKT mule


According to an LA Times piece on the silliness that is modern vehicle naming, the paper appears to have flubbed a little bit revealing that Ford will introduce the 2009 Lincoln MKT at the Detroit Auto Show next week. What's the MKT? Well, the conventional wisdom suggests that it's a large 3-row crossover based on the Ford Flex architecture. We expect to see it wearing Lincoln's new, more dramatic styling language as introduced on the MKS along with a more upmarket interior in terms of look and feel. Looks like the spy shots that came out last week were timelier than we thought. While the mule pictured is disguised with Taurus X bodywork, not even that black mask can hide the new-look baleen whale grille that Lincoln has adopted. We won't need to wait much longer to see how this ultimately plays out, so as soon as we know the full skinny, you'll know, too.

[Source: Los Angeles Times via Inside Line]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      i LOVE Lincolns and I WANT one.

      Please everyone join me in a grassroots movement to pronounce the 'MK' in all models as 'MARK.' As in, 'Mark T,' 'Mark S,' and 'Mark X.'
        • 7 Years Ago
        polly... the flex and the freestyle/taurus x both share the platform with the taurus/sable/mks... so it doesn't matter which one it's based on... most likely it won't share much if any looks with either of them just like the MKS doesn't share a lot of looks with either the sable or the taurus...

        so... the cars that share the same platforms are as follows:

        D3 platform - Volvo S60, XC90, Ford Taurus, Taurus X, Flex, Mercury Sable, Lincoln MKS, MKT

        CD3 platform - mazda 6, cx-9, ford fusion, edge, mercury milan, lincoln mkz/zephyr, mkx crossover

        hope that helps...
        • 7 Years Ago
        That how it should be pronounced, but for some reason Lincoln's marketing dept only did that with the Mark LT truck.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Marky Mark. Lame naming system, however it is pronounced. A marketing nightmare. Off-hand, I still don't know what the Lincoln Edge is known as.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I would like that very much. So this is the Lincoln Flex, right? Or is it a Lincoln Freestyle? Is there some site somewhere that explains what these names mean and which cars they refer to? I'm pretty sure the MKZ is the Fusion and the MKS is the Taurus but as soon as I think I have it figured out I forget and have to start over again.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Too many apples in the same basket, they need only a couple good Suv/Crossovers and that's it. They need more smaller fuel and space efficient cars not tanks. Two of their top engineers jumped ship yesterday! ??
        • 7 Years Ago
        Those two engineers were responsible for the Taurus and the Sport Trac. I say Chrysler can have 'em.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm surprised how little information is out yet about the anticipated debuts at NAIAS. Seems like last year everything was out of the bag before the end of December.
      • 7 Years Ago
      set sail for fail!
        • 7 Years Ago
        if it was a taurus X with the new front end, then yes, it would fail. however, this is a picture of a MULE. your garden variety test vehicle with whatever body they can slap on it to make it legal to drive down the road so they can test air-flow and engine response in daily driving. The lincoln based Flex is probably the hottest 7 passenger vehicle you will see and I hope to God they unveil it to the public in Detroit so you can all shut-it and start drooling.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lincoln even has there own news conference time which is rare
      • 7 Years Ago
      if it was a taurus X with the new front end, then yes, it would fail. however, this is a picture of a MULE. your garden variety test vehicle with whatever body they can slap on it to make it legal to drive down the road so they can test air-flow and engine response in daily driving. The lincoln based Flex is probably the hottest 7 passenger vehicle you will see and I hope to God they unveil it to the public in Detroit so you can all shut-it and start drooling.

      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope they clear the snow off before the show ;-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its looking very good but we should gather the details before purchasing a car.One site named Car pricing news has all listed all the details about cars.Look it !

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