Tuesday, December 8, 2009

LA Show: 2009 Lincoln MKS

Ford’s semi-luxury (…) Lincoln brand took the wraps off the production version of the MKS at the 2007 L.A. Show today. Based on the underpinnings of the Ford Five-Hundred/Taurus, the 2009 MKS will unseat the Town Car as Lincoln’s flagship model -though the latter will continue to be produced. Penned by former Volvo chief designer, Peter Horbury, the MKS aims at drawing customers under 50. Lincoln believes that up to 60 percent of those buying it will be
first time customers to the make.

To be honest, we’re not thrilled with the MKS’ looks -inside or out. The sedan’s exterior appearance is cluttered mixing Korean, American and Japanese styling cues while the interior would probably seem too vintage even to my 63-year-old father… -Continued after the jump

Under the hood the 2009 MKS is powered by a Lincoln’s new 3.7-liter V6 engine. The powertrain has been derived from the 3.5-liter V6 found in the Lincoln MKX. This engine delivers 270 HP and 265 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift. The MKS will be available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel-drive (AWD) versions. Sales will start in the summer of 2008 with prices kicking off at $38,000 for the FWD model.

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