• Dec 23, 2008
Click above for high-res image gallery of 2010 Lincoln MKT spy shots

Just a year after the MKT Concept debuted at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, Lincoln will be unveiling the production version of its new three-row CUV next month at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. Fortunately, our spy photographers have snapped the most revealing views yet of this new Lincoln being driven out on the snowy streets of Dearborn. As you can see, the production MKT holds true to the design direction set by the concept with the largest version yet of Lincoln's signature split-wing grille and that conspicuous kink at the base of the C-pillar. In profile, the MKT seems to share a roofline with the Audi Q7 that creates a soft arch from front to back, and the rear gate is also tilted far forward to avoid the upright, boxy look of a traditional SUV or CUV.

Though the MKT is based on the same platform and shares many components with the Ford Flex, you could never tell by looking at it. There's no badge engineering going on here, and one could argue whereas the Flex design focuses on slab sides and accentuates the horizontal, the MKT is soft and organic with a focus on being sinewy rather than blocky.

Our spy photographers also snapped the dash, which continues a trend at Lincoln of upgrading the materials and incorporating the latest technology. That's real wood stretching across the instrument panel, and you'd be hard pressed to find a larger navigation screen in any other production vehicle (other than another Ford or Lincoln).

Finally, we also noticed that this particular prototype is wearing all of its badging, including an EcoBoost badge that confirms at least one engine choice will be an EcoBoost V6 that features turbocharging and direct injection. Keep your eyes on Autoblog in early January for our coverage of the 2009 Detroit Auto Show where we'll finally see Lincoln's future in person.


[Photos: KGP Photography]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I am a demolitions expert, so of course I have added the TNT plunger to the dash of my car. It's very nice, though, to see it on a production vehicle. Although I'm sure it won't be standard! Can you say $495 option!?!
        • 6 Years Ago
        If they make the dashboard plunger an option, they shold also give you a front license plate that says, "Danger! Explosives!" & the little red explosive hazmat symbols, to clear out the traffic ahead of you. They will need a cool Detroit-style gimmicky name for it, too. "Congest-o-Clear Package", or maybe "EZ-Commute". I'd buy one.

        • 6 Years Ago
        All throttle-by-wire cars get those emergency kill buttons until the engine calibration is final.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it will look very elegant. And I like the interior!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man that is ugly. Where does that charger rear hump come from? A nice smooth line and then bam! a strange hump that destroys the flow. Then up front it has a locomotive grill, large enough to engulf small children, and an odd slant to the rear of the greenhouse. Like someone got a hold of the CX-9 designs and went crazy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am so not cool with Lincoln's new corporate grille. I think it looks goond on the MKS and might look good on this, but on the updated MKZ it just looks awful.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am really loving Lincoln's and Ford's new products. The interior on this is best in class, way better than the Q7's and a hundred times better than the R-class. And exterior wise, it is the most distinctive. I love the grill and the rear treatment. And to top it off THANK YOU LINCOLN FOR PUTTING IN THE TWIN TURBO ECOBOOST!!! This will outperform every crossover and SUV on the road.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice job Ford/Lincoln. THe interior looks top notch and that is important for these cars.

      side note, agree with revaholic the grill does work on everything except the after thought MKZ
      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought the concept was just plain nasty. There was no way around that. But the production model looks really very ... nice.

      Do I think I could pass up the Town Car and buy this instead? Doubtful. But if the TC goes the way of the dodo, maybe.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just proves my point. You like most people prefer plain vanilla to something more exotic. At least the concept had some classic Lincoln overtones and, while a wagon, had a 30s luxury sedan thing going on as well. It was provocative and polarizing. No one will even look at this thing, once they see it on the road a few times. But hopefully for Lincoln, it will sell.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Continental hump is back! See it in the rear view pic at the stoplight in the snow? Oh, darn... that's just the section of glass cleared by the wiper.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I didn't think I would like it, but I do. Especially the view of the front and the interior looks good, too.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Maybe they should simply rename it the Continental.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it. I assume it will have more power than the Flex?
      • 6 Years Ago
      With that paintjob it's about to invade Poland!
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