• Oct 22, 2008
In the old days we relied on people like Jim Dunne and Hans Lehman to hide in the bushes near automotive test sites in order to get previews of upcoming vehicles. Now, thanks to camera phones and tiny point-and-shoot digital cameras, our very own readers are able to snap spy pics and let us know in minutes. Such was the case for Autoblog reader Mike, who recently spotted a partially camouflaged crossover sitting at a Pennsylvania rest stop. The vehicle in question is the upcoming Lincoln MKT.

We first saw the MKT as a concept at this year's Detroit Auto Show and the production model will appear next January in Detroit. The MKT shares its underpinnings with the Ford Flex and should come with power provided by the same 3.7L V6 used in the MKS sedan as well as the new twin-turbo 3.5L EcoBoost V6. Unlike the concept, which had its interior packaged as a luxury four-seater, the production model is expected to get three rows of seats with room for up to seven passengers. What's not known at this point is whether the truck-based Navigator will live on after the MKT debuts. We're betting it won't for very long. Thanks to Mike for the tip and photos!


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm quite afraid they watered down the side-view profile, I'm speaking about the bottom edge of side-windows... I really do hope I'm wrong, but if it is true then "that is the FoMoCo as we know it"...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, that profile made the vehicle stand apart in the crowd. I hope they kept that, but you may be right that it's watered down at the least.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow, what a pleasant surprise! it looks so much better than initial spy shots!
      it looks very smooth and sexy and that center stack in the interior looks sweet!
      way to go Lincoln! hurry!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yet another big, tall hatchback.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, I think you said you believe that Lincoln will discontinue the Navigator.

      I must have misread. Oh, I see, you are some of those 'the sky is falling!' type of people.

      Good luck with that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The red and green thing in the lower-right-hand corner of pic 5 - is that a mini watermelon?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see how the bustleback of the concept is interpreted into the production version. I never liked it but it was definitely distinctive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thank God it looks like the concept....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Funny to see boost and A/F ratio gauges in a Lincoln crossover. That interior definitely looks better than the current Lincoln interiors..
        • 6 Years Ago
        It may be a drivetrain test mule (EcoBoost?). I have seen Focii, F-150, Taurii, etc. test mules with those.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That things got an awful lot of junk in the trunk...thank god for back up cameras...
      • 6 Years Ago
      You can really tell the difference in profile between the flex and MKT in pic 3. Its going to be as hot as the enclave was when it came out!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyone notice the pillar gauges on the interior pic? Thinking maybe a boost gauge to measure the boost on that tt ecoboost v6, yeah baby!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I noticed that too. Factory ricer, ehehehhe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sweet exterior. Sweet interior. Lincoln has had good reliability in the last few years. This should make for a great car.
      As for the naming, I would like to see FMC change the system. If it thought having cars with normal names that happen to start with 'F', 'E', or 'M' was confusing, think about how much MORE confusing it must be to have cars that all start with "MK" and end in a (count: one, 1, uno) different letter. MKZ, MKS, MKX, MKT. Of COURSE that will be more confusing than "Fusion, Five Hundred, Freestyle, Flex".
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