Lincoln is in serious need of some relevant products, and it looks like help is on the way. In addition to the MKC crossover, which we are almost certain to see in production form this auto show season, Ford's luxury arm is also working on the next-gen MKS sedan to go on sale in 2015 for the 2016 model year.

According to Car and Driver, the 2016 Lincoln MKS will go on sale in late 2015, and it will receive notable powertrain enhancements like a nine-speed automatic transmission (a product of the joint venture between Ford and General Motors) and a new 2.9-liter EcoBoost V6 to replace the current base engine, the 3.7-liter V6. Not much is known about this new engine other than it is codenamed "Nano" and it could put out around 300 horsepower; the optional 3.5-liter EcoBoost is said to be receiving a bump in power, too. When it comes to styling, we expect a major departure from the current MKS (shown above), and the Car and Driver article has some renderings of the 2016 MKS along with some recent spy shots of MKS test mules.


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      cpmanx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Autoblog misses some of the most interesting claims in the C/D story: Contrary to reports that the Taurus/MKS would move to a stretched Fusion (CD4) platform, C/D says it will stick with a modified version of the current D3 platform. If true, that is terrible news, since the D3 platform is responsible for much of the weird packaging and excessive weight of the current car. (I have a hard time believing this one, and I note that the engineering mules are wearing modified Fusion bodywork.) C/D casually mentions as fact that a RWD coupe will be joining the Lincoln lineup. That would be good news, though it would beg the question of why Ford wouldn't put in the extra investment to make a RWD sedan as well, which would have much greater potential sales volume. The rendering, if at all accurate, suggests that Lincoln is moving to a more upright styling theme that draws more on its design heritage and, perhaps more important, promises more generous back-seat room--a weak spot of the new MKZ. Finally, don't expect any Lincoln-specific engines, despite rumors to the contrary. The 2.9L EcoBoost will be shared not only with the Taurus but also with the F-150. Oh well. Let's hope it's a great engine.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      The C&D renderings actually look really good. Infinitely better than the bloated baleen FWD Taurus POS pictured above. The rendered vehicle definitely piques my interest, based on styling alone. If they build it, it will be the best looking thing to come out of Lincoln in years (along with the MKC concept). That being said, I still wouldn't consider it unless it was RWD or *rear-biased* AWD, which Lincoln desperately needs in the lineup if they are to be a serious competitor in the luxury market. I want Lincoln to succeed, I really do. But for the amount of money they charge for this, there are many much better options than a re-skinned Taurus.
      Paul P.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Supposedly the F150 will see a version of this Nano Ecoboost as well, likely as a replacement for the base 3.7L. They're also likely dropping the 6.2L from the F150, which makes me wonder if there will be room in the engine lineup for the 3.2L powerstroke.
      Master Austin
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm sure it'll pump out easily over 300+HP and i'm sure some of the weight will be cut down for efficiency. It'll be interesting to see how it's styled. new MKZ is very attractive!!
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        @Master Austin
        If the next MKS is still sharing a platform with the upcoming Taurus it should shed a good bit of weight considering the hearsay about new Taurus being on an enlarged version of the Fusion platform.
      cpmanx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who knows if the C/D renderings are at all accurate in the details, but they probably do capture the overall direction of the next MKS. Two notable trends: a more subdued, vertical front end, and a more upright and formal backlight. I like both of those changes. They hew closer to Lincoln's design heritage (and to the lovely Continental concept that proved an unfortunate dead end). They also should lead to better interior packaging, which is a notable weak point in the new MKZ. I hope C/D is right about an upcoming RWD coupe, which would be cheaper to create than a RWD sedan and could easily be paired with the new Mustang. And if Ford has any sense it will create an across-the-board Lincoln performance line, akin to ST, built around the idea of the executive express rather than hard-edged track numbers.
        rmt_1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cpmanx
        While I hope the changes in Lincoln's design themes are somewhat correct, I have some serious doubts about just how accurate the "Car and Driver" story is. First, the C/D article states that the next-gen MKS will retain use of the current D3/D4 platform, however the test mules for the next-gen Taurus/MKS clearly use a stretched and widened version of the newer and lighter Fusion/Mondeo platform. Ford's own comments about the D3/D4 platform clearly state that this platform will be shifted over time to fleet-only uses (i.e. police cars, etc.), so it's unlikely Ford will built new products on a platform that's nearing its 20th anniversary with the '90s Volvo S80. Second, the reference to a RWD coupe more likely means the now-popular four-door coupe body style and not the more traditional two-door coupe body style that has lost favor with buyers. Besides, I would find it highly unlikely Ford would create a two-door coupe that could only cannibalize Mustang sales, while not attracting more buyers in a new, unreached market niche.
        GFB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cpmanx
        A Lincoln coupe on the S550 platform would be a mistake. Why would anyone want to buy a re-skinned Mustang for a ten to twenty thousand dollar premium? Putting a 4-door sports sedan on that platform would prove that Ford is serious about Lincoln's future. Product differentiation is the only way Lincoln will gain any mind/market-share.
      Jesus!
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the current mks just fine. I also like the renderings. It looks more Lincoln. Big and bold, American looking. I do hope Lincoln goes back to real names though.
      kmdk78
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's not enough to bring buyers to Lincoln
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
        cpmanx
        • 1 Year Ago
        You are silly.
        GFB
        • 1 Year Ago
        Clearly, you know nothing about Audi and its historical relationship to the VolksWagen Group. Before the recent MLB/MQB architecture, all Audi platforms were developed by Audi except the A3/TT which was built on a VW platform (Golf). VW used the Audi A4 platform for the Passat. That's it! What Ford is doing with hand-me-up platforms for poor Lincoln is starving Lincoln of exclusivity, removing any incentive for paying a premium for a Lincoln model over their Ford stablemates.
      Hector Iglesias
      • 1 Year Ago
      Overpriced fusion
      j.blow66
      • 1 Year Ago
      What's a Lincoln?
      ChaosphereIX
      • 1 Year Ago
      snore...irrelevant
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't believe they still sell that thing. It's a Taurus with an ugly whale tooth grill on it.
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