Lincoln MKT

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Lincoln MKT
2010 Lincoln MKT -- NHTSA 1.jpg
Manufacturer Lincoln (Ford)
Also called Lincoln MKT Town Car
Lincoln MKT Livery
Lincoln MKT Hearse
Production July 6, 2009–present[1]
Model years 2010–
Assembly Oakville, Ontario, Canada (Oakville Assembly)
Body and chassis
Class Full-size luxury crossover SUV
Body style 5-door SUV
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Platform Ford D4 platform
Related Ford Explorer (2011–present)
Ford Flex
Ford Taurus (2010-present)
Lincoln MKS
Engine 3.7 L Cyclone V6
3.5 L EcoBoost GTDI V6
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 120.7 in (3,066 mm)
Length 2010–12: 208.4 in (5,293 mm)
2013–: 207.6 in (5,273 mm)
Width 78.7 in (1,999 mm)
2013–: 76.0 in (1,930 mm)
Height 63.9 in (1,623 mm)
2013–: 67.4 in (1,712 mm)
Predecessor Lincoln Town Car (livery/limousine version)
Lincoln Aviator (Ford Explorer-based luxury mid-size SUV)

The Lincoln MKT is a full-size luxury crossover SUV built and marketed by the Ford Motor Company's Lincoln Motor Company division since the 2010 model year. The MKT (the "T" stands for Touring) was introduced as Lincoln's second crossover in the lineup, slotted above the Lincoln MKX mid-size crossover and below the larger Ford Expedition-based Lincoln Navigator full-size sport utility vehicle.[2] Sharing a common platform with the Ford Flex, the MKT does not have a direct predecessor. Instead, the MKT and smaller MKX both serve as replacements of the Lincoln Aviator, as the division moved into the luxury crossover market.

2009 Concept

Lincoln MKT concept

The Lincoln MKT was unveiled as a concept vehicle at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. Largely a preview of the upcoming production vehicle, it featured a full-length glass roof and a 2+2 seating layout.[3] The MKT concept vehicle was announced to have the 415 hp 3.5 L Cyclone 35 V-6 variant of Ford's new EcoBoost engine family, which uses turbocharging and direct injection technologies to offer the power of larger displacement engines with the fuel economy of smaller engines.[4]

Production MKT (2010-present)

The MKT entered production at the Oakville Assembly plant in July 2009 for the 2010 model year. It shares the same unibody Volvo-designed D4 platform as the Ford Flex and the fifth generation Ford Explorer. The MKT, however, has an entirely different design and uses completely different body panels, with design cues from the Lincoln MKR concept vehicle and the Lincoln MKS full-size luxury sedan, the latter of which is built onto a smaller version of the MKT's platform. The MKT offers a choice between two three rows seating arrangements: either a seven-passenger seating capacity with two persons in the front, three in the middle, and two in the back; or a six-passenger variant, where there is a center console in place of a middle seat in the second row.

The production version MKT comes standard with the normally aspirated, direct injection 268 hp (200 kW) 3.7 L Cyclone 37 V-6 as used in the Lincoln MKS sedan. The twin turbocharged 3.5 L Cyclone EcoBoost engine rated at 355 hp (265 kW), which is also available on the MKS, is available.[5] Both engines are mated to a 6-speed 6F automatic transmission.[5]

The MKT features electric power steering over more-traditional hydraulic power steering.[6] The electric steering system is combined with ultrasonic sensors to form a hands-off "Active Park Assist" system that steers the vehicle into parallel parking slots.[7]

The fuel economy of the MKT is enhanced by many advanced weight saving developments. The liftgate of the MKT is manufactured from an inner panel of cast magnesium and an outer panel of stamped aluminum.[8][9] The MKT also utilizes magnesium in the radiator support, rear seat back and cushion frame.

Mentioned competitors in the full-size (three-row, seven-passenger) luxury crossover niche include the Acura MDX, Audi Q7, Infiniti QX60,and Mercedes-Benz R-Class. The all wheel drive, 355-horsepower EcoBoost V-6 powered top of the line MKT model has better acceleration and fuel economy than the V-8 powered Audi Q7 4.2 FSI quattro.[10][11]

2013 refresh

2013 Lincoln MKT

The 2013 Lincoln MKT made its world debut at the 2011 LA Auto Show, with a newly refreshened exterior and interior. Horsepower of the base 3.7 L Cyclone 37 V-6 increased 12% to 303 hp (226 kW). The 3.5 L Ecoboost V6 also received an increase in power, up 10 hp to 365 hp (272 kW).


2015 Lincoln MKT on IIHS:[12]
Category Rating
Moderate overlap frontal offset Good
Small overlap frontal offset (2010–present) Good1
Side impact Good
Roof strength Good2
1 vehicle structure rated "Good"
2 strength-to-weight ratio: 4.29

The MKT has a rollover risk of 15.1% for the 4-wheel drive version,[13] and 16.4% for the front-wheel drive version.[14]


Calendar Year American sales
2009[15] 2,580
2010[16] 7,435
2011[17] 5,024
2012[18] 7,094
2013[19] 6,014
2014[20] 4,800
2015[21] 4,696

Livery Use

Lincoln MKT Town Car
Lincoln MKT Limo

In October 2010, Ford announced the development of livery and limousine variants of the MKT as potential replacements for the Lincoln Town Car,[22] and in mid-February it was displayed to the Livery/Limousine trade with the name "MKT Town Car".[23]

The MKT Town Car (livery) and MKT limousine variants differ primarily in size; the MKT Town Car uses the same body as the production vehicle, while the limousine is stretched in varying lengths, to a maximum of 120 in (3,048 mm) added to the original length.[22] To increase rear-seat room, both versions have the third-row seat converted to a luggage area and a three-passenger rear seat moved rearward to increase rear legroom.[22]

To accommodate the weight of the heavier vehicle, the all-wheel drive powertrain is fitted to all limousines, along with heavy-duty brakes, suspension, and electric power steering,[22]


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  2. "2010 Lincoln MKT". 
  3. Simona (14 January 2008). "2008 Lincoln MKT". Top Speed. 
  4. "EcoBoost brochure" (PDF). 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "2010 MKT Technical Specifications". Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  6. "Lincoln unveils ultimate touring vehicle concept; Premium utility features elegance, space, efficiency". January 14, 2008. 
  7. "Ford's New 'Active Park Assist' Makes Parallel Parking a Breeze for Lincoln MKT and MKS Owners". PR Newswire. December 30, 2008. 
  8. "Light-weight Magnesium, Aluminum in Lincoln MKT Liftgate Cuts Weight, Boosts Fuel Economy". Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  9. "Auto Parts Maker Wins PACE Award". London Free Press May 6, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  10. For the Lincoln MKT, Different May Be Good NYTimes, 2009
  11. "Four Threes: 2013 Infiniti JX35, 2012 BMW X5, 2013 Lincoln MKT, 2012 Acura MDX". Automobile. 11 April 2012. 
  12. "2015 Lincoln MKT Midsize luxury SUV / 2010 Lincoln MKT 4-door 4wd". IIHS. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  13. "2016 Lincoln MKT SUV AWD". U.S. Department of Transportation. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  14. "2016 Lincoln MKT SUV FWD". U.S. Department of Transportation. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  15. "FORD CAPS 2009 WITH 33 PERCENT SALES INCREASE, FIRST FULL-YEAR MARKET SHARE GAIN SINCE 1995 | Ford Motor Company Newsroom". 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  18. "Ford Motor Company Posts 2,250,165 Sales in 2012; Focus, F-Series Post Big Gains". Motor Trend Magazine. 3 January 2013. 
  19. "Ford Motor Company Delivers Best Sales Year Since 2006" (PDF). 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  20. "Ford Posts Best U.S. December Sales Results since 2005" (PDF). 2015-01-05. Retrieved 2015-01-07. 
  21. "New Products Make Ford Best-Selling Brand for Sixth Straight Year" (PDF). (Press release). 2016-01-05. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 Shunk, Chris (2010-10-04). "Lincoln MKT limousine, livery models announced, will replace Town Car — Autoblog". Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  23. News

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