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Lincoln Developing Town Car Successor

Posted on April 9, 2008 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

CHATHAM, Ontario — The 2009 MKS is the intended successor to the Town Car, which has been primarily relegated to limo duty. The production model will feature a 3.7-liter V-6 engine with the promise of a turbocharged V-6 engine in the future. While more and more luxury makers are returning to rear-wheel drive, the MKS will have a choice of FWD or AWD. The MKS will seat five and go on sale in the summer of 2008.

With FWD, the MKS will get 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway; with all-wheel drive, 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway. Within a year of its debut, the MKS will also get a turbocharged V-6 engine that Lincoln says will make the MKS the most powerful and fuel-efficient AWD luxury sedan on the market.

That leaves the Ford Fusion-based MKZ as the sole passenger car in the Lincoln fleet. By contrast, much of the competition, including Cadillac, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi have at least three separate car models. The importance of the MKS to Lincoln's future cannot be overstated.

Lincoln stylists have come through with a shape that could pass for something from the Lexus, Infiniti, or BMW shops. Particularly noticeable is the sweep of the roof line and truncated rear deck that gives the car a finely tailored appearance.

The interior appointments hammer home the luxury theme, but in a subtle way that also departs from Lincoln tradition. Real ebony wood trim is available for a touch of opulence. Only the star logo in the middle of the leather-coated steering wheel and the engraved name on the control panel give away the fact that this car doesn't hail from Japan or Europe.

Source: Chatham Daily News

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