• Aug 15, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Lincoln MKT concept.

We've been waiting for an official production announcement of the Lincoln MKT since the concept was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January, and according to Automotive News and the Wall Street Journal, that confirmation comes today. The Ford Flex-based crossover will give Lincoln a seven-seat CUV to compete with the Acura MDX and the Audi Q7, while providing customers a more fuel efficient alternative to the Navigator. The production MKT will share none of the Flex's boxy sheet metal, but the mechanicals will be very similar. The MKT will launch with either the 3.5L V6 from the Flex or the bored-out 3.7L version from the MKS sedan. The MKT will get Ecoboost at some point in its production run, but Ford hasn't released a date yet. Ford plans to build approximately 25k Lincoln MKTs annually, and production is slated to begin next year.


[Source: Automotive News (subs req'd)]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      you mean like Caddy rebdging Chevy, like the new SRX based on the Equinox?? or hte Slade based on the Tahoe, or add your vehicle here...?

      please all companies do that, differentiation in style adn adding the nice luxury interiors is where it's at - and I think the new MKS does that well, and will be a lot more competitive to the STS once the 340HP engine with AWD comes on board next year.

      the CTS is where Lincoln falls short on providing a competitive vehicle, but what's coming donw hte pipeline is fine, it's not like the Escalade is a better option than the MKT, for the tiems, the MKT will be better suted to the market conditions.
        • 6 Years Ago
        How about all the platform sharing between Toyota and Lexus??? I mean, Ford isn't the ONLY company doing this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What a beautiful design. I like it, it's unique, in a Astek kind of way... :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just Google up Renault Vel Satis and see if you see what I see. it flopped by the way.
      • 6 Years Ago
      MKT looks awesome...

      If I had money, I would buy one.

      This is a good move, now please drop that ugly navigator and towncar (or modernize towncar, but certainly drop navigator).

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      BTW, I still don't understand some people's problem with platform sharing ... every company does that, just that some do it better. I think Ford is becoming better at that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks a little weird. Not all the lines flow very well; some seem forced. It is distinctive and it is nice to see some out of the box thinking styling wise. People complain that everything looks like an Audi, Infiniti, BMW, etc. This thing looks like a Lincoln, which is a good thing.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Instead of rebadging Fords, Lincoln needs to go back to its roots and start making proper luxury cars to compete with Cadillac. Sad to see Lincoln lose all its past heritage and glory.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And btw, EVERY SINGLE AUTO MANUFACTURER IN THE WORLD shares platforms and technology among the brands in their respective stables (if they have more than one brand).

        Ford is absolutely no different.
        • 6 Years Ago
        MasterCKO, I'm glad to see someone in this world holds a hint of intellienge, and you my friend exude it. Glad to see it!

        And IMHO, I kinda like this better than the Acura MDX, but it rivals the Q7 in my book...but definately a smart move for Lincoln.
        • 6 Years Ago
        OMG. The comments in this article are completely asinine.

        Didn't any of you read that only the mechanicals are the same? None of the sheetmetal and (probably) none of the interior. Seriously, you all should learn what rebadging is before you spout off about it.

        Lesson 101: This is platform- and technology-sharing (which saves money), not rebadging.

        If this is rebadging than the new MKS is a rebadge of the Taurus, but with an interior like that, I'll take it.

        Ridiculous.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Haha. The kid driving that thing looks like he is about to cry. Wow is that thing ugly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The MKX is not a Flex...it is a rebadged Edge.

      What I find interesting is that the Flex is already overpriced and having trouble selling, now, in Ford's warped reality, they think that an even more expensive Flex is just what we need...dismal gas mileage and all.

      Every day that goes by, Ford gets closer and closer to Chapter 11.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder if Lincoln plans to change the name of this for the mexican market as MKT sounds as mecate (rope in english) or maybe has one in the trunk to pull it yourself when gas gets too expensive, hahaha.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The gremlin of cars
        • 6 Years Ago
        I like the design, and the grille is much better than the MKX. I knew the competition would have their rants. Remember how they raved about the Buick Enclave, but how is it selling. Remember when Audi first come out with the wide and deep grille, everybody hated it, now many are imitating it.
        So ignore the comments, that are anti any car, with a shaker of salt. That is the only reason they are here to create a negative impression. Lincoln will not have a problem selling 25 thousand of these a year.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I like the design, and the grille is much better than the MKX. I knew the competition would have their rants. Remember how they raved about the Buick Enclave, but how is it selling. Remember when Audi first come out with the wide and deep grille, everybody hated it, now many are imitating it.
        So ignore the comments, that are anti any car, with a shaker of salt. That is the only reason they are here to create a negative impression. Lincoln will not have a problem selling 25 thousand of these a year.
      • 6 Years Ago
      C'mon Lincoln, be honest and drop this MKZ/MKX/MKS/MKT crap. Call them by their real names:

      MKFusion
      MKEdge
      MKTaurus
      MKFlex

      Oh, and these leftovers:

      MKCrownVictoria
      MKExpedition
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder if Lincoln plans to change the name of this for the mexican market as MKT sounds as mecate (rope in english) or maybe has one in the trunk to pull it yourself when gas gets too expensive, hahaha.
        • 6 Years Ago
        For the mexican market means in "spanish", so is the pronunciation of the letters in spanish, are you just too dumb to understand that or do I have to give you the sesame street version??
        • 6 Years Ago
        Are you serious? eMe kah teh is how you would say MKT in the Spanish alphabet, not Emkaytee (as it would be in English). Spanish spelling sort of sounds like el mecate (if the "l" is almost unpronounced, as it should be). Jorge is right, I don't know what the hell Blake is talking about.

        Now why it would be a bad thing to call it the rope...I have no idea.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Because the Spanish alphabet is pronounced just like the English alphabet, right?
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