• Feb 14, 2011
Lincoln MKT Town Car – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Lincoln Town Car is a the ride of choice for limousine companies and car services around the world. One problem, we're rapidly approaching the official death knell of the panther platform, and that means that soon enough no more new Town Cars are going to be built. Lincoln is ready to fill that upcoming void and is using the 2011 Internation Limousine, Charter and Tour Show as a platform to debut its MKT Town Car and Limousine.

Comfort is the name of the game with livery operators, so Lincoln has pushed the rear seats of the MKT further back to add 1.5-inches of legroom. The rear seats can also recline and the right rear can access even more legroom by controlling the front passenger seat.

Cargo room is improved compared to the outgoing Town Car. The MKT Town Car offers 39.6 cubic feet of space, which means passengers can cram in more luggage, golf clubs or cases of cheap beer for post prom-night activities.

In addition to the MKT Town Car, Lincoln has an MKT ready to do serious limo duty thanks to a a heavy-duty chassis that can be streched up to an additional 10 feet in length. The MKT Town Car is available with either front or all-wheel drive while all-wheel drive comes standard on the MKT Limo.

Read more about both versions in the full press release after the jump. You can also check out photos of the MKT Town Car's interior in the gallery below.

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Lincoln Debuts MKT Town Car Livery and Limousine Models at International LCT Show

• New chauffeur-dedicated Lincoln MKT Town Car Livery and Limousine versions announced to fleet customers at the International LCT show in Las Vegas.
• New Lincoln MKT Town Car offers a higher roofline, roomier, more sophisticated seating, a spacious trunk plus even easier passenger entry and exit.
• Comfortable and productive work environment for driver and passengers enhanced by technologies including SYNC®, hands-free navigation, standard Wi-Fi capability and a rear view camera system.
• MKT Town Car available in two body styles – standard livery version with available all-wheel drive, and stretchable heavy-duty limo with standard all-wheel drive.

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 14, 2011 – Working from a proven platform that offers a luxurious interior with modern technologies, Lincoln is today announcing its chauffeur-dedicated MKT Town Car models designed specifically for fleet customers at the 2011 International LCT (Limousine, Charter, and Tour) show.

Two different MKT Town Car body styles, Livery and Limousine, make their debut in nearproduction form, maintaining Lincoln's position in the livery industry and building on the success of the well-established Lincoln Town Car sedan.

Lincoln's next generation of livery solutions using the MKT Town Car are modern, distinctive and high-tech, offering everything owners and passengers are looking for in a luxury ride, including up to 35 more horsepower under the hood.

"Livery operators are looking for a leading livery solution that is reliable and stylish, and the new
Lincoln livery and limousine solutions fit the bill in every capacity," said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. "The new MKT Town Car will be the best available in the livery industry, working off a solid base as the perfect way to achieve the versatility needed for executive transportation or a night out on the town."

The proportions and higher riding stance of the Lincoln MKT Town Car also offer easier entry and exit for passengers as well as all-wheel drive capability.

The level of craftsmanship built in to the new Lincoln MKT Town Car Livery and Limousine versions is evident with precise panel margins and the high tactile quality of interior surfaces and trim. Quality materials and precision-stitched craftsmanship are evident on every surface, such as the leather-trimmed seating. The vehicle also delivers a luxurious ride quality, consistent with Lincoln's brand characteristics.

The new Lincoln MKT Town Car Livery version uses a standard MKT chassis and is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations, with full technical details to be announced later this year. The heavy-duty Limousine chassis will feature standard all-wheel
drive for stretched wheelbase limousine conversion of up to an additional 120 inches (10 feet).

In developing the Lincoln MKT Town Car, engineers worked hand in hand with the Limo/Livery
Advisory Board, which provided key input on desired vehicle attributes such as performance,
comfort and functionality. In addition to defining the quality, reliability and durability the industry
demands, the Advisory Board also talked directly to the people who would be using the vehicles
the most – owners, drivers and passengers – to get a better understanding of their wants and

"Extensive research helped ensure we designed the new Lincoln MKT Town Car to truly deliver on the key needs of operators to improve their business and provide end-users modern transportation capable of full connectivity," said Gerry Koss, fleet marketing manager. "These
industry stakeholders made it clear that this vehicle was the right direction because of its great
body proportions for overall comfort, including entry and exit. Also, the choice of two or allwheel drive for the Livery model and standard all-wheel drive on the heavy-duty Limousine version was a plus, not to mention Lincoln's reputation for dependability, especially with specialty vehicles."

Luxury and Comfort on the go
With its exceptional attention to detail, the MKT Town Car Livery model will put its passengers
quickly at ease, thanks to redesigned rear seating. The seat has been repositioned rearward by
1.5 inches for additional legroom, providing additional comfort and functionality. There is also a
switch on the rear passenger side door that allows a rear seat passenger to control the front
passenger seat ahead, providing even more legroom if necessary. The three-person rear seat
also reclines for an additional level of comfort.

"Riding in the rear of the new Lincoln MKT Town Car will be a very special experience," said Scott Tobin, director of Lincoln Product Development. "We've enhanced the rear passenger space so passengers can be both extremely comfortable and productive at the same time."

The new MKT Town Car Livery model provides operators with a cargo capacity of 39.6 cubic
feet, more than the outgoing Town Car sedan. With space to stow golf clubs or several pieces
of baggage, the luggage area exceeds that of the outgoing Town Car sedan. A mini spare tire is
also available to help maximize luggage space.

High-tech touches
The new Lincoln MKT Town Car models deliver a wide range of latest technologies aimed at making life easier for the driver and passengers. In-car voice activated navigation and Lincoln
SYNC provide a smart and simple way to connect drivers with in-car technologies and their
digital lives.

"All of these tools will help drivers accomplish just as much in their car as they do now but with
less distraction," said Tobin. "With the latest Lincoln SYNC system, the driver will never have to
take hands off the steering wheel when putting an address into the navigation system or when
looking at the rear view camera."

Key features to help passengers stay connected and productive while on the move in the new MKT Town Car include a USB charging port, a 110-volt power socket in the rear seat center
console, and Wi-Fi hotspot capability for mobile tablets, laptops and other devices. The audio
system controls are also fully accessible to rear seat passengers.

Limousine Heavy-Duty Chassis
In addition to the new Livery model, a specially engineered heavy-duty Limousine chassis is also available for the MKT Town Car. The chassis can be stretched by up to 120 inches or 10 additional feet in length, while retaining the standard all-wheel drive capability to ensure a new MKT Town Car Limousine satisfies both operators and customers in all seasons over multiple lengths.

The MKT Town Car Limousine chassis incorporates several heavy-duty components, such as
upgraded suspension, electric power-assisted steering system (EPAS) and transmission. Along
with standard All-Wheel Drive, the MKT Town Car Limousine chassis also offers unique wheels
and tires, unique wheel bearings and an upsized brake system.

The Limousine also has the standard MKT's third seating row removed, and comes equipped
with a full-size spare tire. Available technology includes a rear view camera and SYNC.

"The MKT Town Car Limousine complements the Livery model giving us a comprehensive offering for every operator and passenger situation," said Koss. "Both vehicles will deliver the features and content this industry requires, in addition to the quality, reliability and durability they

Technology Under the Skin
The new Lincoln MKT Town Car features the same safety technologies available to customers
of the standard Lincoln MKT crossover, including the Trinity Front Crash Body Architecture. The
energy-absorbing body structure is optimized for strength and stiffness and features octagonal
front frame rails, engine/cradle/front subframe and "shotgun" front structural members designed
to absorb and redirect crash forces away from the passenger compartment.

It also includes Side Protection And Cabin Enhancement architecture (SPACE®) to optimize
side-impact occupant protection. The SPACE system integrates a hydroformed high-strength steel tube in the floor that runs the width of the vehicle from B-pillar to B-pillar and reinforcements along the rocker panels to help protect passengers in side-impact incidents.

The Personal Safety System™ combines multiple technologies to tailor the airbag package and seat belt functions to the individual passenger and the accident circumstances. The system can identify variables, such as severity of the crash, weight of the individual passenger and seat belt usage, to adjust airbag deployment force.

Key technologies and features included in the MKT Town Car models include:
• Puddle lamps on the rear doors
• Map and newspaper pockets in the back of the front seats
• Vanity mirrors in the headliner with integrated task light
• Continuous rear floor mat for both footwells
• Improved rear seating design
• Remote start
• Rear view camera
• BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert
• Wi-Fi capability for mobile tablet, laptops and other devices
• Lincoln SYNC
• Voice activated navigation controls
• Second-row 110-volt electric plug and USB mobile phone charger
• Tri Zone EATC with Auxiliary HVAC unit

The new Lincoln MKT Town Car models will be manufactured at Oakville Assembly Complex starting next spring. Current Lincoln Town Car production ends this fall, and dealers are working with their livery owners and operator partners to ensure their fleet planning needs are met between now and early next year.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      I agree. So much the pity that FoMoCo didn't go that route.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sorry. Stupid AB comment system.. Supposed to be a reply.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They must be counting on people with extreme brand loyalty... except I would wonder if Lincoln has any of those anymore. Honestly, no amount of leather and wood accents can make up for the fact that this just is not an executive car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks like a whale. This is not a luxury executive car. This is a glorified mini-van with wood, leather, a beluga face and a fat rump grafted on. Give me a Cadillac or 300 over this any day of the week. Or a LWB Taur....er...MK..(S?). um, yeah.

      Note to Lincoln: If you insist on killing the Town Car, its replacement should be 1. a CAR 2. LWB 3. preferably RWD 4. ATTRACTIVE***
        • 3 Years Ago
        RWD is actually a really bad idea for a livery car.

        RWD intrudes on the rear passenger's space and it's all about keeping the people in back happy.

        I don't think clients or my boss or myself care about the theoretical advantages of RWD (namely handling) even one tenth of a percent as much we care about space and being able to get places in a limousine during inclement weather.

          Jack Murphy
          • 3 Years Ago
          Your so wrong its impossible to explain go to any large city with potholes and craters disgused as pavement and what do you see everywhere Lincoln Town Cars. Want a easy car to fix LTC is the 1 for you they are indistructable....The last solid american car . When was the last time you saw a advert for the TC? 10 years ago....Upper management at L/M has been dieing to kill the American Flagship....Go play with your Obama wagons and plastic clunkers made by Government Motors and pray to God that 1 of the illegal aliensd does not killl you in your plastic toy box.....Fools need to be outsourced to somewhere else like downtown Juarez I heard they need some dummies to have target practice on..........They sell every car they make the idots
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lincoln needs a new RWD flagship sedan.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was a hired driver for awhile and drove Town Cars. Even when I would drop clients off at multi-million dollar homes with really high end cars in the driveway, they felt that the car to be driven around town in or from the airport was a Town Car. It just looks like what a Town Car is supposed to look like. This does not. And the interior looks really cheap.

      Btw, second most favorite vehicles of the millionaires and big time stars? The Ford Excursion.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not joking at all, the interior of my nephew's kid sized electric suv is more convincing and luxurious than this Lincoln's
      • 3 Years Ago
      Meh... I'd rather see them stretch an MKZ or a MKS to be honest. The huge butt on the MKT doesn't help it at all, and doesn't look as classy as a sedan based limo. IMHO at least.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The MKZ has been stretched and is quietly being marketed to the livery segment as well. Only problem is they are pushing a hybrid version and it has far less trunk space than a Panther.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think that I am one of the few who sees some merit in the exterior design. It's polarizing, but it certianly won't be mistaken for anything else.

      Now as for those wood appliques on the back of the front seats? Really? Does anyone really see that as "luxurious" and not just tacky? Epic fail.
      • 3 Years Ago
      i must say, it would be kinda weird to see black MKTs dominating the NYC streets. I guess it'll look pretty futuristic though.... however how are they going to mass produce these at the same rate as Town Cars? It looks a lot more complicated to build this than a Town Car. And can these last for 400,000 miles like the panther cars?

      I think we're going to see an invasion of DTS's and 300s...
      • 1 Year Ago
      This Lincoln Car is the most prestigious car I have ever seen. It is beautiful. I have not driven it yet butI am sure it is smooth as a car can possible be. The interior looks absolutly georgous from the pictures from online. I have read about the car and it perceeds way more than the ford fusion. I would show this car off everyday. I would first take it to Baltimore to see my son. My husband and I share a 2000 Cev. truck that is running into the ground becasuse of its age. We took great care but it has 185,000 miles and I really need a new car but I cannot afford to buy one right now. I am on disability and my husband is laid off so we would be blesses with such a beautiful car if we won.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lincoln MKT uncovered a modernistic auto that bestows an exquisite style and modernistic perspective. Its actually great for long distance course and highway transport. I also adore the facile acceleration and peaceful,quieted freeway ride.
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