Hot news for 2010: Everyone has to have a wagon these days and the new MKT carries forward the design language of the-new-last year MKS sedan and meshes it with the Ford Flex platform.Ÿ MKZ sedan redesign follows the Ford Fusion model..
Carryover: MKS; MKX; Navigator
Gone: Mark LT truck
n In the last two years, we’ve seen Lincoln overhaul the majority of its product line with smart styling and features that you just won’t find anywhere else. And since every automaker needs a wagon these days, the big news - literally - for 2010 is the addition of the MKT, which will likely catch some buyers who still need the room, but might be shying away from full-size sport utility vehicles such as the Navigator.
Make no mistake, at 4,500 pounds, the MKT is big. It uses the same platform as the full-size Ford Flex, but is nearly six inches longer and four inches wider. It’s just a touch smaller than the regular-length Navigator. Instead of mimicking the Flex’s brick-like shape, stylists took a more rounded approach that includes a massive Lincoln-esque grille and a distinctive pinch in the beltline toward the rear.
The handsome cabin with room for up to seven passengers (six, if the third-row bucket seats are selected) plus stowage space that’s in the Navigator’s range. Buyers can choose between a 268-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 and the optional 355-horsepower 3.5-liter turbocharged “Ecoboost” V6 that also sees service for 2010 in the MKS sedan. Both engines run on regular gas and both are connected to six-speed-automatic transmissions with steering-wheel-mounted paddle-shift controls.
The base models are front-wheel-drive while all-wheel-drive is standard with the Ecoboost. Standard content features tri-zone climate controls (driver, passenger and rear-seat), an oversized fixed-glass sunroof, premium leather seat coverings for the first two rows, adaptive headlamps that pivot as the vehicle turns, Lincoln Sync voice-activated communications and entertainment system and a touch-screen for the audio and climate controls.
Back for more is the 263-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. Along with a plusher and more pampering interior, the MKZ gets a standard dual-zone climate control, 10-way power front seats, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, nine-speaker 360-watt sound package and Sync, Ford’s voice- activated communication and entertainment system.