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If you bought a Lincoln MKT last year, you might kick yourself for not waiting just a bit longer. Lincoln is offering up the 2012 MKT EcoBoost for the same price as the 3.7-liter all-wheel-drive MKT from 2011. That amounts to an 85-horsepower swing for the same amount of coin.

The 2012 Lincoln MKT EcoBoost enjoys 355 horses, produced by the turbocharged 3.5-liter mill and pumped out to all four corners. Starting price for that sweet, sweet torque curve is set at $46,295. All 350 pound-feet of torque kicks in at 1,500 rpm then rides a straight line up through 5,250 rpm.

Lincoln has decided to discontinue the all-wheel-drive 3.7-liter-equipped MKT for 2012. The front-wheel drive 3.7-liter 2012 MKT starts at $44,300, which is the same price as the 2011 model.

Check out the full press release posted after the jump for more information on the 2012 Lincoln MKT.
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Lincoln MKT Three-Row Premium Utility Offers Effortless and Efficient Power, Craftsmanship and Exceptional Value

• Effortless and efficient EcoBoost™
power is more alluring than ever for the Lincoln MKT threerow premium utility. For the 2012 model year, the 335-horsepower, all-wheel-drive MKT with EcoBoost is available at equal the cost of the previous model year's all-wheel-drive version powered by the 270-horsepower 3.7-liter V6
• It's now even easier for luxury customers looking for exceptional craftsmanship to configure
the MKT three-row premium utility that's right for them – the amount of orderable combinations has been reduced by two-thirds
• Lincoln continues to earn numerous accolades: Highest score for long-term durability among
all vehicle brands in the annual J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Vehicle Dependability Study; top vehicle satisfaction studies from AutoPacific; and all Lincoln MK vehicles earning "Top Safety Pick" designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (MKT, MKS, MKX, MKZ)

DEARBORN, Mich., July 7, 2011 – The Lincoln MKT three-row premium utility has offered modern
design, industry-first infotainment and versatile flexibility since its launch in 2009, offering more standard features that luxury customers expect in all Lincoln cars.

While the initial manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $44,300 remains unchanged from the 2011 model with an efficient 3.7-liter V6 engine, the MSRP for the effortless and efficient 3.5-liter EcoBoost™ V6 and all-wheel-drive now begins at $46,295. That's the same entry price as the 3.7-liter V6 with all-wheel drive from last model year, which has been discontinued.

In addition to added value for a three-row premium utility with a more powerful engine and all-wheel drive, luxury customers can more easily configure the Lincoln MKT that's right for them because the amount of orderable combinations has been reduced by two-thirds.

The powerful and sophisticated twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 offers the power of a naturally aspirated V8 with V6 fuel economy. The sophisticated all-wheel drive system enhances capability in a variety of weather conditions, using an advanced array of internal electromechanical clutches to efficiently distribute torque between front and rear wheels as needed.

The EcoBoost V6 delivers a class-leading 355 horsepower at 5,700 rpm while generating 350 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,500 through 5,250 rpm.

"You judge a luxury car by how it feels. You judge a luxury car by how it looks and the experience of actually driving it," said Kate Pearce, Lincoln Consumer Marketing Manager. "You'll feel the difference the moment you get into a Lincoln, especially with the confidence-inspiring EcoBoost engine."

Tradition of quality continues
The engineering and craftsmanship that sets Lincoln MKT apart from doesn't stop under the hood.

Lincoln was recently recognized as the leading luxury brand in vehicle satisfaction by AutoPacific in its 15th annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA). The awards are industry benchmarks for measuring how satisfied an owner is with his or her new vehicle. The study summarizes the results of more than 68,000 new vehicle owners for which MKT won a VSA in the "premium luxury crossover SUV" category.

The new Lincoln MKT continues to offer luxury utility shoppers Lincoln's signature design in an inviting three-row configuration with intuitive technologies designed to make customers' lives easier.

MKT buyers can choose between six- and seven-passenger models with two different second-row seating configurations. A standard 60/40 split folding rear bench seat features heated outboard seating positions. Power "fold and tumble" second-row bucket or captain's seats, with heating, cooling and powerassisted lumbar adjustments are available as well. A rear console-mounted, five-quart-capacity refrigerator is available in the six-passenger configuration.

Safety innovations
Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support, active park assist and BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert lead the comprehensive array of driver-assist technologies offered.

Lincoln MKT earned a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for 2010 and 2011. To earn the ranking, a vehicle must receive a "good" rating in all four of the institute's crash tests: front, side, rear and rollover. Ratings are good, acceptable, marginal and poor. Electronic stability control must be available as an option.

Lincoln MKT features standard electronic stability control through AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control™) as well as an advanced structural safety system that combines octagonal front frame rails, tunnel rails and support members that are designed to absorb and redirect crash forces away from the passenger compartment.

Premium innovations
Standard premium innovations include Lincoln SYNC®, providing occupants with hands-free, voice activated communications and infotainment). SYNC is an advanced software platform that provides customers the convenience and flexibility to bring digital media players and Bluetooth®-enabled mobile phones into their vehicles and operate the devices via voice commands or with the steering wheel's supplemental radio controls.

Along with the convenience of SYNC voice control, drivers can operate the climate control and audio system via voice or touch using the standard center-stack touch screen. The audio system includes a CD/DVD/MP3 player with 10 speakers, SIRIUS XM Radio with a six-month subscription and audio input jack. An available dual headrest Family Entertainment System with twin seven-inch DVD playback screens offers individual or simultaneous programming to second-row passengers.

The available Elite Package includes voice-activated navigation and a THX® II Certified 5.1 Surround Audio System with 14 strategically aimed premium audio speakers. The MKT also can receive HD Radio™ broadcasts, giving listeners access to additional free programming in areas where it is offered.

A SIRIUS Travel Link™ prepaid subscription is included with the Elite Package, providing coast-to-coast weather data, forecasts, fuel prices, sports scores, movie listings and more.

Literally topping off the new Lincoln MKT is the standard fixed-glass Panoramic Vista Roof™ with powerassisted front and rear sunshades or the available Power Panoramic Vista Roof, which opens for an expansive open-air experience.

Lincoln dependability
Recently, Lincoln received the highest score for long-term durability among all vehicle brands in the annual J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Vehicle Dependability Study, the second-highest performing model for long-term durability in the entire study.

The study asked owners about their experience in the past 12 months with their three-year-old vehicles (for the 2011 study, 2008 model-year cars and trucks were surveyed). Survey respondents were asked to indicate any problems they experienced with their vehicle in the previous 12 months, choosing from a list of more than 200 issues in eight diverse categories.

The study also shows a strong link between reliability and purchase. Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of new-vehicle buyers say reliability/durability is one of the most important factors in choosing a new vehicle.

Additionally, the study found that fuel economy is among the top 10 purchase considerations.
"Lincoln has come a long way," said Pearce. "The exceptional craftsmanship in the MKT indicates that we are dedicated to meeting and exceeding our customer expectations and providing exactly what is desired in a luxury car."

Production location
The 2012 Lincoln MKT is built at the Oakville Assembly Complex in Ontario, Canada, and goes on sale at North American dealers in late summer.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh I would really really like to have one please! I'm about $40,000 short though. :(
      • 4 Years Ago
      personanly i like it. Nice change from the boxy, angled "Sporty" look that doesn't really belong on this type of vehical. I think its elegant
      • 4 Years Ago
      355 hp?
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      Even funeral homes do not want to use one as a hearse believing it would be an insult to the deceased to have that as their last ride
      • 4 Years Ago
      "If you bought a Lincoln MKT last year, you might kick yourself (Period)" There - Fixed it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the more ecoboost... the better.
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          after read'n 2 maybe 3 of ur comments.. i believer ur an idiot
      • 4 Years Ago
      What is wrong with you people? The cadillac SRX aka the late saturn Vue is the best Cadillac can give? And you are giving Ford crap for actually having a vehicle in a niche that no one else form the big 3 can offer in a stylish and sporty package. The Buick Enclave ... please .... if you say the styling of that CUV is better then the MKT then you must own a Cobalt or love the incredible design mediocrity of GM products. What American car manufacturer offers a Twin Turbo CUV that has the looks to make a Lexus RX370 and a (incredibly ghasty) Inifiniti CUVs/SUVs wish their momma's did not dress them. Hell, at least it doesn't even resemble the Flex, its platform mate, unlike all the other rebadged CUVs from GM. You all should be ashamed of yourselves, stop beating down honest iterations of brand identity like the MKT and start getting your torches and pitchforks worked up over the GM clones/Toyota-Lexus/Nissan-Infiniti brand in breeding.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now if they would just do something about that front fascia I might consider buying one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thank you for actually making a constructive comment. There are so many idiots on here blabbering on about something they don't know anything about. Anyone who has driven one knows it's a nice car, Lincoln just really needs to work on the front end.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They seriously need to find their niche with this brand and product line. I'd rather have the AWD SHO personally if I was to get rid of my lightweight AWD Evo that runs 11's in the quarter. My *sports car* gets better mileage while making more horsepower. If I was going to get a cruiser it would not be a Lincoln. Lincoln is for old people, youthful luxury is found only in Europe. People won't respect your "engineering" until you use it to produce sports cars that stand the tests of abuse before finally toning down the platform to build cruisers. Also lowering the horsepower for the luxury model just tells me that the motor is not smooth and they changed the tune to reduce NVH. After all it's just a newer version of the Duratec30 and the EcoBoost 4cylinders are borrowed from the Volvo B5254T3. Personally I'd rather buy a car without so many shared items, and I'd expect the luxury version to have unique and better cylinder heads, special transmissions, and better suspension. No one is talking about a Lincoln with 500 horsepower, RWD, and a bad ass interior. My friends are rather interested in M3s, 335Is, S4s, RS4s, C63AMGs, SL55 AMGs, CLK63 AMGs, etc. I'll say it again, American luxury = old people. Euro Luxury = young and middle aged people. Lincoln your products are BORING. I don't care about the interior if the drivetrain isn't there. My 4 cylinder makes more horsepower than your ecoboost with a 2.0 liter. Nuff said.
        • 4 Years Ago
        " EcoBoost 4cylinders are borrowed from the Volvo B5254T3" @AcidTonic, the 2.0 EcoBoost 4-cylinder has nothing to do with the volvo developed 5-cylinder engine. "Lincoln your products are BORING. I don't care about the interior if the drivetrain isn't there. My 4 cylinder makes more horsepower than your ecoboost with a 2.0 liter. Nuff said." I don't think Lincoln has a 2.0 liter EcoBoost model in the market at the moment.
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        Let me guess. You wear Ed Hardy Douchewear T-shirts and work in your uncles wholesale jewelry store? You and your friends got your M's, S's amd AMG's given to you and sneer at people who drive anything they actually had to pay for? If I'm wrong, sorry, you fit the stereotype of a Douche.
      Darnell Robeson
      • 4 Years Ago
      I will be so very happy when they discontinue this monstrosity...and replace this AND the Lincoln Edge with one great car that really can compete with Mercedes and BMW crossovers...oops I meant Lincoln MKX...its sad what Lincoln has been reduced to considering they were once a very prestigous American company
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