• Jan 15, 2009
Click above for live, high-res images of the new 2010 Lincoln MKT

Ford just announced pricing on the 2010 Lincoln MKT we saw earlier this week at the Detroit Auto Show. The Ford Flex's big brother will go on sale this summer for a starting price of $44,995 with the base V6 and front-wheel-drive. EcoBoost and all-wheel drive together add five grand to that total, so prices for the premium model start at $49,995. You can get AWD by itself though, along with the base 3.7L, at $46,990. While all MKTs will come with tons of standard features, the company is also offering a few options.

For instance, the Elite Package will be available for $5,000, which includes a bowl of alphabet soup with things like Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Warning with Brake Support (gives the driver a "head-up" warning on the windshield), Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), Cross Traffic Alert (BLIS for backing out of a parking space), Voice-activated Navigation, and a power-opening Panoramic Vista Roof. Stand-alone options will include Active-Park Assist (literally "steers" the MKT into a parallel parking spot while the driver controls the throttle and brakes), 20-inch polished wheels, a DVD system with dual headrest-mounted LCDs, second-row buckets that are heated and cooled, a second-row console-mounted refrigerator, and class III trailer-towing capability.

A fully loaded 355-hp EcoBoost AWD MKT should come in around $55,000, or a few thousand less than a similarly equipped Audi Q7. The Lincoln promises better fuel economy, more interior space and some features you can't even get on the Audi, like the Active-Park Assist. There's a full press release after the jump and our gallery of the MKT from Detroit available by clicking any image below.


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PRESS RELEASE

ALL-NEW 2010 LINCOLN MKT DELIVERS MORE FEATURES, CLASS-LEADING FUEL ECONOMY FOR UNDER $45,000
  • The 2010 Lincoln MKT, equipped with an extensive list of enticing equipment, will arrive this summer priced at $44,995 (including destination) for the front-wheel drive model; equipped with a premium engine and all-wheel drive, prices start at $49,995
  • The Lincoln MKT offers two fuel-efficient engine choices: a proven 3.7-liter V-6 designed to deliver an estimated 268 horsepower or a new Twin turbo 3.5-liter V-6 with EcoBoost™ able to deliver an estimated 355 horsepower while delivering best in class fuel economy
  • Further growing the brand's momentum and joining the all-new flagship Lincoln MKS sedan and updated 2010 Lincoln MKZ, the 2010 Lincoln MKT three-row crossover will be available in dealer showrooms in late summer 2009

DETROIT, Jan. 14, 2009 – Lincoln MKT, a distinctive new premium crossover, will be available in late summer 2009 with a long list of standard comfort, convenience and technology features that make it an exceptional value.

Starting at $44,995 for the front-wheel-drive model, the three-row Lincoln MKT brings to the luxury market standard luxury features, quality interior appointments and design, class-leading fuel economy and a distinctive new exterior that embodies a fresh interpretation of Lincoln design DNA.

Similar to the flagship Lincoln MKS sedan, the new three-row Lincoln will offer customers an enticing mix of inviting luxury and useful technology. The base model will come well equipped, with a list of standard features that include:

  • SelectShift six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifts
  • Eight-inch, color touch-screen for audio and HVAC control
  • Rear view camera
  • 20-GB hard drive for music jukebox music storage
  • Intelligent Access with Push Button Start
  • SecuriCode™ Keyless Entry Keypad
  • Adaptive Headlamps with High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Lamps
  • Auto High Beams
  • Rain-Sensing Wipers
  • Reverse-sensing parking assist system
  • Power opening / closing rear liftgate
  • 12-way powered, heated-and-cooled front row seating
  • Adjustable pedals
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Three-zone HVAC
  • Ambient lighting
  • Panoramic Vista Roof featuring two large glass panels
  • 19-inch Premium Painted aluminum wheels
  • Integrated spotter mirrors
  • And a comprehensive, complementary list of active and passive safety features designed to help protect both driver and passengers.

In addition to a front-wheel drive powertrain, the Lincoln MKT will also be offered with all-wheel-drive. The AWD model with the normally-aspirated, 3.7-liter engine is expected to carry a starting price of $46,990 when it arrives in dealerships this summer. Compared to a similarly priced Acura MDX (the segment leading in sales volume), the Lincoln MKT offers far more interior space, better highway fuel economy and features consumers want, such as adjustable pedals, rain-sensing wipers, auto high beams and the connectivity of SYNC.

The 2010 Lincoln MKT will be available with a premium, 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost powertrain as well, and all EcoBoost models will be fitted with AWD. The direct-injection, twin-turbo, 355 horsepower engine is expected to deliver not only best-in-class power but also best-in-class highway fuel economy, superior to both the Acura MDX and Audi Q7. The 355-hp Lincoln MKT will have a starting price of $49,995. Acura does not offer a premium engine upgrade in the three-row MDX.

Lincoln MKT buyers looking for more luxury and convenience features can choose the Elite Package, priced at $5000. The Elite package includes:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC): A system that allows the driver to set and maintain vehicle speed, while radar monitors traffic ahead. This optional system automatically adjusts speed and slows the vehicle to maintain the set distance behind traffic ahead.
  • Collision Warning with Brake Support: A system enabled by Adaptive Cruise Control that provides the driver with a "head-up" display that flashes on the windshield when the system senses slower moving traffic ahead. If the driver doesn't respond, the system will pre-charge the brakes to prepare the vehicle for a more aggressive stop.
  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS™): BLIS is a radar sensor on the outboard rear quarter panel used to monitor the traditional blind spot areas and can notify the driver with a warning indicator light in the corresponding side view mirror.
  • Cross Traffic Alert: Utilizing BLIS sensors, the Lincoln Cross Traffic Alert helps detect approaching traffic when backing out of a parking space. When the vehicle is in reverse and senses traffic, mirror warning lights illuminate and audible signals sound.
  • Voice-activated Navigation: An advanced, next-generation system with an internal hard-drive for map and point-of-interest information storage and an updated THX audio system with exclusive new feature – Neural Surround – that helps improve audio reproduction from compressed digital formats.
  • Power-opening Panoramic Vista Roof

Stand-alone options available on the 2010 Lincoln MKT include:

  • Active-Park Assist: Available on EcoBoost-equipped vehicles, this Lincoln-exclusive system literally "steers" the Lincoln MKT into a parallel parking spot while coaching the driver through conventional throttle and braking inputs.
    Active-Park Assist employs an ultrasonic-based sensing system, as opposed to video camera-reliant competitive offerings, to detect edges of adjacent objects to calculate optimized trajectory and making hands-free parallel parking a breeze. It works at the touch of a button, requiring less driver programming and reducing the risk of selecting an inappropriately sized parking space.
  • 20-inch polished wheels
  • Dual, headrest mounted DVD family entertainment system
  • Second-row, heated-and-cooled bucket seats with power lumbar
  • Second-row, console-mounted refrigerator
  • Class III trailer-towing capability

A full-equipped, twin turbo 355-horspower Lincoln MKT is expected to cost approximately $55,000, placing it thousands less than a comparably equipped Audi Q7. In addition, the Lincoln offers better fuel economy, more interior space and class and exclusive features like Active-Park Assist not available on the Audi Q7.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 224,000 employees and about 90 plants worldwide, the company's core and affiliated automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo and Mazda. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit http://www.ford.com.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Wonder what happens to the 'alphabet soup' in 5 or 6 years or 80k miles when stuff starts to break down.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Very true. Looking inside it's easily on par with offerings from lexus or buick or even hyundai now that the genesis is meeting mercedes levels of 'quality' (and mercedes is stealing hyundai's lead designer in response). It should do well to sway domesitic buyers from caddy and buick for sure, maybe a few conquest sales from lexus.
      • 6 Years Ago
      that's crazy money. $9K more than a similarly equipped Flex. That's $5K more than an Acura MDX similarly priced. Its tech package costs much less and has AWD standard. With discounts you could probably get into an X5 right now with similar equipment for the same price. This is just insane from Lincoln. Although the Enclave similarly equipped is about $3K less. This might have more than that though. Can't believe the pricing of the Americans. Really weird.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You have got to be kidding me. This thing is truly hideous. I was a Lincoln fan for many years having owned what I believe embodied the the classic lines of Lincoln, 1969 Mark III, 1979 Mark V, 1978 Town Car, this thing is just wrong on all levels. it looks like something out of the movie "Maximum Overdrive", ready to mulch my lawn and the rear is a mishmash of PT Cruiser, HHR and Malibu Maxx. The new design direction is almost as bad as Ford's oval period. It just goes to show you that some people's taste is all in their mouths. The really unbelievable fact is Ford intends to retail this fully loaded turd for $55K? Watch for the head scratching in Dearborn three years from now when this thing is put out of our misery. I really want Ford and the Lincoln nameplate to prosper but come on.. this is just another "Emperor's New Clothes"
      • 6 Years Ago
      it will be interesting to see what happens with this one.

      a lot will depend on how Cadillac prices the new SRX. I suspect it will be priced like the old one, which started at $37K. this will put the MKT at a much higher price to start. when the new CTS came out, it was priced just like the old one.

      additionally, the MKT starts in price where a super-loaded Enclave stops.

      I don't understand the fascination with the turbocharged engine, either. if you've ever owned a turbo and got on the accelerator all the time, you're well aware that the fuel economy will be poor. advantage? none. silly, silly, silly. a V-8 with cylinder deactivation would have more horsepower and torque, be much simpler, and get better fuel economy than any turbo engine.

      turbochargers are incredibly complicated devices and never age well. how many warranty claims will there be for all the folks who buy them and never use the turbo? this can be as bad as not maintaining it.

      Lincoln did a great job in the restyling of the Flex platform (you'd never know if someone didn't tell you), but I think it should have had a base price in SRX territory. since both are new, I'm sure there will be a lot of cross-shopping. this may be an issue for Lincoln. even though both offer very pricey packages, the Cadillac (if priced like the old one) will have a $7K advantage right out of the gate.

      AZMike
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think turbos made more sense when we didn't have reliable systems, such as you said, like cylinder deactivation. The modern computer control systems are worlds ahead of what we had ten to twenty years ago. Turbo may still have limited application but for the most part it simply is not needed.
      willwll313wll
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am a huge ford fan and i thought that this MKT looked weird in a way but i went to the NAIAS yesterday and i must say that the MKT and the new taurus looks beautiful in person. I want one. It was funny though because everyone was in the Ford Motors section of the autoshow. The others places seemed kinda dead.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree with the others, something with the proportions is just not quite right. Instead of looking sleek and sexy, it looks overweight and lethargic.

      I like the MKS, and the Ford Flex, unfortunately the combo of the two for this vehicle just doesn't' work.

      I feel like Lincoln is still trying to find its new "image"
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm going to be blunt...this thing frighteningly garish looking. It makes small children cry. I believe someone found the Aztek ugly stick and started whacking away indiscriminantly.
      • 6 Years Ago

      You got part of it right. This is aimed squarely at the folks who would be looking at a Navigator. This is the *new* Navigator for the most part.

      So, someone who is coming out of a Nav lease would be able to step into this for a lower monthly payment (probably if content is comparable). That's where the initial sales will likely come from.

      As far as convincing them of all your items, I think it will do that own it's own. If this vehicle has the same qualities of the MKS and Flex, it should do all the convincing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm in the auto industry and I think Ford is making some great progress with the Lincoln brand. I really like where it is going with the sedans - but I think they have missed the bullseye with this vehicle. I feel it is priced a bit high - Lincoln doesn't bring the cache of Lexus, BMW or even Infiniti. This can be corrected with rebates (though it would be better to have a lower price to start with if it's going to take rebates to move the vehicle off the lots). The second issue I have is that it looks so large in the rear - the sides are massively tall looking, even with the gray along the bottom to give the appearance of shorter sides.

      Interior is very appealing and the available technology is fantastic. I don't see this vehicle selling really well, but I do see Lincoln selling more across their entire line - and capturing buyers from Lexus, BMW, Acura, Infiniti and Mercedes. Some of their AWD may even capture the attention of some Audi shoppers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the mazda cx-9 just blows this baleen whale out of the water.
        • 6 Years Ago
        you might want to tell the buying public. we still have new '07 CX-9s available at Mazda dealers in the Phoenix area.

        used '08s are going for less than $20 grand. not good resale at all. perhaps if 3/4 of the interior wasn''t black, it might have done better.

        AZMIke
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just proves that even though Ford was the best off financially of the big three, they're still idiots. 50 grand for a Lincoln. Ridiculous.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It aint cheap, but isn't surprising compared to similar sized and equipped competition.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm a Ford nut, but why would anyone buy this when they can get a Q7 for the same price?

        I dunno Mullaly... 45-50k is pretty steep if you ask me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It really is the Lincoln of minivans.
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