• Jan 14th 2008 at 9:08AM
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click above for more high-res live shots of the Lincoln MKT

Lincoln's next iteration of its "Bow-wave" grille comes in the form of the MKT concept; essentially a low riding CUV that might hint at an MKX replacement. What Peter Horbury is describing as a new take on the Grand Tourer, the MKT aims to be a long-distance cruiser with enough amenities to keep four urban adults comfortable and isolated from the world around them.

The MKT's styling picks up a few of MKZ-inspired cues, particularly the krill grille and sharp crease in the hood. The few elements that stand out (there aren't many) are the Lincoln emblem embedded behind the front wheels that strafes off into a character line, the chunky C-pillar and the steep slope of the hatch. The MKT carries some of the exterior's swoop inside, along with the unfortunate addition of Bedazzled sill plates and door handles. Power comes courtesy of Ford's EcoBoost 3.5-liter turbocharged and direct-injected V6, producing 415 hp and 400 lb.-ft. of torque.

Viewed next to the Edge-based MKX, the MKT makes Lincoln's current CUV look staid and antiquated in comparison. It might not be the best application of the new line of Lincoln design cues, but it's combination of power and cruising capabilities might be exactly what's need next in the Lincoln lineup. Video of the live MKT concept reveal is available after the jump.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I work at Chrysler and heard the same, only that the true designer wanted to travel to Germany and the women from ford media pushed it through! I also heard they are all 3 color and material girls were promoted to designer position when the design was 3/4 completed. And all 3 are VERY high maintenance!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I just like the fact that they're calling it the MKT.

      "MKT" were the initials of the old Missouri-Kansas-Texas Line, commonly known as "the Katy."

      It's referred to in the song "She Caught the Katy (and Left Me a Mule to Ride)" that's played at the beginning of The Blues Brothers movie--as Jake and Elroy go tooling around Illinois in some great pre-catalytic-converter American iron.

      So now I'm sitting here at work enjoying pipe dreams about getting one of these cars wrapped up in MKT's green-and-yellow livery, with the chevrons all down the front...

      ...and if it ever comes out as a diesel-electric serial hybrid, the effect would be complete!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, this is 8 kinds of awful. The grille is wretched. It looks like a BMW/Pontiac rip off. The hump in the beltline is wretched and out of place. The car looks like it has slab side doors. and what's up with the Malibu Maxx rear end? Even Malibu gave that idea up, and for that market segment, it was a good idea. Don't forget to overlook how awful the roof looks.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Polarizing, as in the Aztek?
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Aztec wasn't polarizing. Virtually nobody liked it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Couldn't agree with you less. This is one of the best looking CUVs out there, bold and beautiful. That you hate it is great. Lincoln badly needs some polarizing designs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice job distingishing this from the Flex and doing away with the cliche design cues of the MKX.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm just blown away by it. Can't wait to see it at the Toronto show and at my Ford dealership. This one's for me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes - build it now!!!!

        My only suggestions are to change the name of the new V6 back to "TwinForce - with EcoBoost Technology." Also - offer this in a Hybrid form to allow the rich folks to make an Eco statement. This high end segment of the market is ripe for high class hybrids - big $$$ there.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I just got a company internal e-mail that included a quote from this posting. The quote was the last para of this post and included this reference; "--Damon Lavrinc, AutoBlog.com".

      So, someone in the Glass House reads your blog, dude.
      congrats :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really like it. Especially the little details like the designs in the interior. That is one of the best looking steering wheels I have ever seen. If they keep the quality and the details I would buy this with no hesitation.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Beautiful, now if Lincoln brings this DNA to the rest of the line-up they'll have plenty of reasons for people to come into the showrooms.

      Finally, there are a couple Lincoln's worthy of the name. The MKS, now this.

      And that Motor?!!! Maybe Lincoln should do a light-ish weight 2dr RWD with some of this DNA. I'd buy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Stunning. Elegant and evil at the same time. You'll never confuse the MkT for anything else on the road, that's for sure. And with EcoBoost under the hood, it'll outrun everything too. I'd park one in my driveway in a heartbeat.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "bow-wave?" surely they meant "bow whale?" (oh and lest anyone think I am simply a negative person.....My father was a Ford Merc Lincoln dealer in a small town in Minnesota, in the "golden age" of the Fifties..... I was LOYAL to ALL Fomoco for decades........ Please make something comparable to the 1961 Lincoln Continental 4-door convertible! Or the mark III or Mark IV! Oh.... (all of which I owned) "C.W." sorry to disappoint you, but, well, after you read this post you will understand why I say that Lincoln is "what a luxury car USED to be!"
      • 7 Years Ago
      Otherwise it is ok. Great to take a risk for Linc.
      • 7 Years Ago
      isn' this adapted fromthe Chrysler Nassau? The rear is a big uh-uh! for the USA. It is kind of like Batman's weekend drive-Baby Batmobile.
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