• Mar 17, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the Lincoln MKT Concept

When Ford previewed the 2009 Ford F-150 ahead of the Detroit Auto Show, it was non-committal when asked how the new top shelf Platinum edition would affect the Lincoln Mark LT luxury pickup. While the Mark LT proved to be more commercially successful than the previous Blackwood, the concept of a Lincoln-branded luxury pickup appears destined for the scrap heap once again. Ford's premium brand will instead expand its crossover lineup by adding the Lincoln MKT that debuted as a concept in Detroit. The full-size MKT is based on the same platform as the Ford Flex, but features all of Lincoln's new design language from the split grille to the belt-line chamfer. While the concept had a four-seat layout, the production version will almost certainly have a third row, as well. Ford is currently finalizing the design with consumer clinics and Job 1 should happen sometime in spring 2009.



[Source: Detroit News]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice concept. That's all I can say for any Ford concept, because it is useless to put more time in to commenting for Ford "future" products.

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      BTW, did any one of you watched CNBC today morning? One of the guys recommend "buy" on Ford stock and pretty much everybody in the room laughed. Mark Haines asked point blank, why would anyone buy Ford vehicle?

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      Days of what's good for GM and Ford is good for American are over. They used to have an impact on American economy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really like the windows / windshield!
      • 6 Years Ago
      So the $25,000 Freestyle/Taurus X didn't work, yet they expect a demented-looking $40,000 version to take off?

      And from Lincoln's perspective, replacing a pickup truck with a minivan-looking SUV is an image boost?

      Really?
        Larry
        • 6 Years Ago
        If, in 1974 when I bought my CONTINENTAL Mark IV (not called a "Lincoln" then) If someone had offered me a peek into a crystal ball and asked if I wanted to see the 2008 Lincoln? and showed me this monstrosity with the Joker (Fiskar?) grin? NUFF SAID!
        • 6 Years Ago
        minivan looking? You might want to get your eyes checked my boy.

        They put some 20 or 21inch wheels on this thing and a close to 400hp v6, they can get into the realm of the FX, X6 and Cayenne... However, it's doubtful that Ford goes that far. Like I said in an earlier post. They never seem to do enough to come close to competing in the segment they hint at going for.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Love this front end more so than any current lincoln/mercury product.

      the front end they use on current products is just abysmal
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love it.

      The Styling is amazing, love the grill, the side profile reminds me of a 40's-50's car (notice the shape of the trunk), which isn't that bad.

      since the lincoln's other crossover is based on the edge and its base price is in the mid 30's this will probably be in the 40's since the ford flex is priced higher then the ford edge
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think this is hideous. The huge chin fascias and high, bulbous grill and hood gives it a stubby clown car look.

      Exactly the opposite of the way real luxury sedans should look - long, low and wide.




      • 6 Years Ago
      For heaven's sake give the thing some more ground clearance.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There's no way there's room for a third row in the MKT. The roof drops off too fast. A third row works in the Flex, because it has an upright rear window. This one is sloped, and step forward to create that slightly trunk-like surface.

      This beast will not have a third row. Period.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really sorry for the poor guys that have to do the concept car interiors. Truth be told between the MKR and the MKT Lincoln has shown me some of the most gorgeous car interiors...its a shame none, absolutely none of it make it to production. If they could even bring 60% of the awesomeness of their production interiors they would attract a hell of a lot more customers. As they stand today they range between boring and offensive for a "luxury" car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This vehicle could be something special if there is a nice powerplant underneath the hood (which is highly doubtful). Too bad it's not out now so I can consider it. As a current owner of a 2004 Lincoln Aviator, I'm purchasing the new 2009 Infiniti FX50 in June.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's a pity that people feel the need for Ford to rule all in terms of powertrain performance. Ford makes--by a long shot--the most adroitly tuned chassis of any domestic manufacturer class-by-class, and certainly the best steering racks of any mainstreamer save Mazda (for obvious reasons).

        That they don't win horsepower races, and that they lose sales, is a travesty, because most of their cars, from the Focus and Lincoln LS onwards, have been a blast to drive. Sure, GM and Toyota could build something faster, but both companies have, with few exceptions, made cars with less steering feel in their rack then Ford has in the radio's tuning know.

        This attitude lost us the Lincoln LS and the SVT Focus. Why make sweet-handling cars when some neanderthal journalist (or buyer) is going to fixate on how much faster some knuckle-dragging torque-monster is.

        (can you tell this bugs me?)
        • 6 Years Ago
        A nice powerplant is highly probable with the Ecoboost (340hp in the MKS). The Flex is getting it so this certainly will.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why is it doubtful? Cuz past CEOs made a ton of mistakes? I wouldn't put it past Ford's new(ish) management to put some power under the hood of this thing. And I am sure Mullaly is smart enough to realize that to keep this competitive, it will need power.

        Who else has a bargain muscle car that can hit 60 in five seconds flat? Heck, there are reports that even the Challenger SRT-8 won't be able to do that. And you know it won't be able to do that in any other trim. And Ford does have products that can hit 60 in under 8 seconds.

        Acceleration, sport options (which Ford IS doing...the upcoming Edge Sport, the sport package for the Fusion, etc.) and paddle shifters don't sell cars. I doubt many Lincoln customers would like paddle shifters.
        • 6 Years Ago
        psarhjinian, I'm a current owner of a 2004 Lincoln Aviator and love the way it drives. I know what you're talking about in regards to steering and driveability. My wife just bought the new Acura MDX and I cannot stand the way that vehicle drives. It is a workout to turn that wheel. I can steer my Aviator with my pinky.

        The point I'm trying to make is that there are plenty of CUV's on the market for the budget conscious and those looking for gas mileage. Most luxury buyers, want luxury, power, technology and the best of everything. They might not like the cost of a gallon of gas, but they hate a zero-to-60 in 9-plus seconds more (Enclave, hint hint).
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really like this new MKT CUV they have there, Def different, Cant wait to see one in person.
      • 6 Years Ago


      With Lincoln expanding its lineup I guess poor Mercury will get axed. Hope I am wrong.
        • 6 Years Ago
        mercury will not get the ax yet. if you look at what they are doing, Mercury will be a brand focused on women. IF that is successful, mercury lives. If not, then we will see.

        most of the new designers for mercury are women, Jill has become a strong identity for Mercury. Its not a bad move. Women make up roughly 50% of population so focus on them, see how it goes. they have a brand just lying around.
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