• Aug 15th 2008 at 3:02PM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Lincoln MKT concept.

As reported earlier, Lincoln has given the MKT crossover the green-light, with the production version set to debut in Detroit this January and sales beginning sometime next year.

The MKT is built atop the same platform as the Ford Flex, but Lincoln insists that the two models won't share a single body panel. Power will be provided by either a 3.7-liter V6 or a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, equipped with direct-injection and a turbocharger, however a hybrid drivetrain will not be offered. A six-speed automatic gearbox, complete with paddle shifters, will be standard, along with seven-passenger seating, a power-folding third-row seat, heated and cooled, first- and second-row thrones and the SYNC in-car entertainment system. Options will include a new sat-nav, Sirius Travel Link, an auto-park feature (similar to that found on the Lexus LS460) and a Cross Traffic Alert system that alerts drivers to obstacles when backing out of a parking space.

Make the jump for the press release.



  • Lincoln continues to expand its portfolio of luxury vehicles with the all-new, three-row Lincoln MKT set to be introduced during calendar year 2009 and redesigned Lincoln MKZ sedan to be shown at 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show
  • Lincoln MKT to be available with Ford's EcoBoost™ engine and fuel-efficient six-speed transmission, offering consumers a new way to tour in style
  • Based on the Lincoln MKT concept from the 2008 North American International Auto Show, the production version will feature the timeless elegance of Lincoln's signature design cues, industry-leading comfort and convenience technologies like SYNC and comprehensive safety and security features
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif., Aug. 15, 2008 – Kicking off the weekend marking the celebrated Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Lincoln today confirms it will produce the Lincoln MKT, a premium, three-row luxury crossover based on a the well-received concept vehicle.

"The Lincoln MKT reinforces our commitment to further expand America's fastest-growing luxury brand, providing an all-new vehicle to the showroom that's been crafted and honed for a new kind of customer," said Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company's president of The Americas.

"The MKT will offer the comfort of a luxury sedan, the spaciousness and flexibility of a crossover and the performance of a sports sedan, courtesy of its EcoBoost engine," he added. "At the same time, this perfect blend of performance and power is elegantly wrapped in the refined design cues that have become synonymous with modern Lincolns."

The Lincoln MKT will build on a string of successful Lincoln products launched in recent years. The Lincoln MKX, a two-row crossover, and the Lincoln MKZ mid-size sedan have earned high praise from consumers and continue to gain share in their respective segments.

The flagship Lincoln MKS luxury sedan, introduced earlier this summer, has seen strong early sales, as well. Dynamic and clean-lined, the Lincoln MKS is the first production vehicle to embrace the strong new Lincoln design DNA. New Lincoln products, including the new MKT crossover, will feature this distinctive new Lincoln design language as well as industry-leading technologies.

The Lincoln MKT crossover will join the Lincoln lineup in calendar year 2009, along with an upgraded Lincoln MKZ mid-size sedan – plus an additional version of the flagship Lincoln MKS sedan powered by an EcoBoost engine.

In addition to a fuel-efficient 3.7-liter normally aspirated V-6 engine, the Lincoln MKT also will offer an EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6 engine that will deliver an estimated 340 horsepower and 340 lb.-ft. of torque.

The Lincoln MKT will join other vehicles early in the EcoBoost engine technology rollout, including the Lincoln MKS luxury sedan and Ford Flex.

EcoBoost engines feature turbocharged direct injection technology and deliver up to 20 percent better fuel economy and 15 percent improved emissions than larger-displacement engines. In the Lincoln MKS and MKT, for instance, the EcoBoost engine delivers the fuel economy of a V-6 engine but the performance feel of a V-8.

Ford is making a significant commitment to EcoBoost engine technology. Within five years, the company plans to produce 750,000 EcoBoost-equipped vehicles annually – in vehicles ranging from small cars to full-size pickups in markets around the world.

"EcoBoost engine technology is another symbol of what luxury means today," Fields said. "Lincolns should drive as beautifully as they look, delivering as much refinement on the road as their designs do even while standing perfectly still."

Taking cues from its performance sedan sibling and the MKT concept vehicle first shown at the North American International Auto Show in January, the Lincoln MKT will feature the distinctive bow-wave, double-wing grille; clean, uncluttered surfaces; powerful, dynamic beltline; chamfered surface running parallel to the beltline; significant D-pillar that smoothly transitions into the cantilevered roof and a powerful roofrail.

"Embracing the same spirit as the concept, the Lincoln MKT's design represents harmony in motion, balancing sculptured shapes and contours traditionally associated with beautiful cars on a crossover vehicle that offers the luxury of space and efficient, powerful performance," said Peter Horbury, Ford's executive director of Design for The Americas.

The MKT will provide seating for up to seven passengers and all the latest in-car connectivity technologies that customers have come to expect from Lincoln.

This includes a new version of SYNC, the company's industry-leading connectivity technology that fully integrates customers' Bluetooth technologies including mobile phones and MP3 players.

Plus, next-generation navigation system technology and new safety and security features will be available, including the new Blind Spot Monitoring and Cross Traffic Alert System.

Working in conjunction with the blind spot information system, Cross Traffic Alert warns the driver of impending traffic while backing out of a parking spot.
When cross traffic is approaching, an indicator light provides a warning in the corresponding outside mirror, as well as an audible warning.

Cross Traffic Alert utilizes the blind spot system's two multibeam radar modules, which are packaged in the rear quarter panels – one per side. These modules identify when a vehicle enters the defined blind spot zone; an indicator light provides a warning in the outside mirror corresponding to the side in which the vehicle is approaching.

The system can pick up an object moving at up to 18 miles per hour within a 65-foot range – or three parking spaces – from either the left or right side of the vehicle.

The Lincoln MKT will be manufactured in Ford Motor Company's Oakville Assembly Complex in Ontario, Canada. Additional product details will be made available closer to the Lincoln MKT's launch.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      The new Lincoln Fusion has a grille very similar to that...and that's a shame because this MKFlex is almost as bad as the Azteck. Ford is trying very hard to get the "Automaker with the most ugly vehicles" award.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It was known as soon as the MKR concept came out and word came that they were updating the MKS grill to match, that the whole lincoln line is getting this grill eventually. And yeah I saw the MKZ spyshots on leftlane. The renderings were leaked over a year ago, and the spyshots have held true to the renderings. I wanted the new MKZ as soon as I saw it's rendering, and as soon as it was confirmed for the 2010 MY, I knew what my next car was going to be. (the 2010 MKZ if it wasn't implied enough.)
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Mike B:
        The MKS (which I believe you're referring to) is not based on the Fusion's platform. Why don't you just call the cars what they are instead of the silly Ford/Lincoln rebadge game. The MKS shares nothing with the current Taurus other than it's platform. Every company builds siblings on the same platform under different brands for different segments of the market. Get over it."

        No, Mike...if I was referring to the MKS, I would have said Lincoln Taurus. There are spy shots out of the Lincoln Fusion on left lane news...same horrid grille as the Lincoln Flex.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The MKS (which I believe you're referring to) is not based on the Fusion's platform. Why don't you just call the cars what they are instead of the silly Ford/Lincoln rebadge game. The MKS shares nothing with the current Taurus other than it's platform. Every company builds siblings on the same platform under different brands for different segments of the market. Get over it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The MKT CONCEPT is a beautiful looking auto, except for the rear end (what's up with photo "6 of 41"??? The only straight-on profile of the car's rear-end doesn't show the front with it? Looks like someone else knows the back is weird looking).

      The rear end looks as if it were an after-thought or that it was rushed to the mockup. It carries too much visual weight & confusion and throws the gestalt and balance off. Not a very successful design as a whole.

      Everything else and the details look great! I'm sure the production model will be destroyed and disappointingly dumbed down.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ugly as f*ck. wow...few people will be caught dead driving this........thing.
        • 7 Years Ago
        ugly? are you sure you're looking at that MKT? It's one of the best lincoln designs in like...........25 years
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think it looks badass. I love it. It looks retro, aerodynamic, and fast. I hate SUVs and crossovers, but this thing looks amazing. :D'`'`'`'`
        • 7 Years Ago
        Sorry buddy, you are tasteless, the car is gorgeous, darn gorgeous. Wow, I'm starting to get back the respect for American designers, there are still some talented people there.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think it is great looking, the grill is stylish and agressive, the MKT will turn a lot of heads. The only thing is the view out the windshield; the windshield looks high and raked with that bump on the hood.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love the way that Ford is moving towards making some awesome cars, and importing some awesome cars too. I wish GM would do the same thing. They honestly have too many brands for their own good.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Sky & Solstice are beautiful cars. The rest of GM's fleets is lacking.
        • 7 Years Ago
        • 7 Years Ago
        G8. Cobalt SS turbo. C6 Corvette. Malibu. Sky / Solstice. Now I may have interpreted your comment incorrectly, but it sounded like you were saying GM doesn't make any cool cars.

        As far as importing cool cars, well, the G8, Malibu and Sky / Solstice are all basically imports.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like Ford is finally doing there job, some hate the MKT and some love it. Glad their designs are finally polarizing instead of middle of the road.

      I for one like it, can't wait to see it on the road.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Exactly! Every good design people either love or hate. If it just gets a shrug of the shoulders, then you've got another Freestyle on your hands.
        • 7 Years Ago
        People may dog Lincoln for having FWD vehicles but I really don't care. And I doubt many Lincoln drivers do too.

        I think as long as the vehicles have a nice ride, look good, have lots of standard equipment, etc, people will buy them.

        And while I have dogged Acura for being FWD, I am starting to give them a break.

        I hope to God that the MKT looks like that. It looks good.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think it is great looking, the grill is stylish and agressive, the MKT will turn a lot of heads. The only thing is the view out the windshield; the windshield looks high and raked with that bump on the hood.
      • 7 Years Ago
      oh it'll change slightly i'm sure by the time it launches... i'm really glad to hear that the redesigned MKZ will be out in 2009. My MKX lease ends at the end of 2009. I miss the ride of a car more than the cross over. And i need something more affordable. I'd love an MKS but hopefully in the MKZ redesign all the features launching with the MKS will make it down there, as well as the smoother ride.
      • 7 Years Ago
      love the grill, it's about time Lincoln took some real risk and designed an interesting car and not just added plastic crome to a Ford.

      This design absolutely stands out, especially the grill, and that is a very desirable feature in what is suppose to be an austintatious luxury automobile. nothing worse than buying an expensive luxury automobile and blending in...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Fiscker got a job there?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lincoln trying for the "Ugliest Car of the Decade Award"? I would say they are in with a huge chance.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope they don't ruin the rear as they did on the MKS, the rear of the MKS concept was wonderful.

      The MKT concept is gorgeous, hope its production model don't get far from this.
        • 7 Years Ago
        yeah, they really did kinda ruin the back of the MKS. I think the story is though, that it was because they were halfway through designing the MKS with a completely different design language when they first released the concept car that introduced this grill. The response for it was so overwhelmingly and surprisingly positive, that they had to scramble to incorporate the main parts of that concept (the frontend) and didn't bother with the rest.

        I would expect that now that they have more time, they will probably stick more closely to the concept for the whole of the MKT and renew/bring back the rest of the concept for the MKS on the next refresh. There's no way they don't see the clash between the front and rear ends of that car.
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