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Ford @ NAIAS: Lincoln MKT Touring Vehicle Concept

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LINCOLN UNVEILS ULTIMATE TOURING VEHICLE CONCEPT; PREMIUM UTILITY FEATURES ELEGANCE, SPACE, EFFICIENCY

* Growth opportunity: The Lincoln MKT concept shows a new potential vehicle for Lincoln, demonstrating the brand’s new design language works as well on a spacious luxury utility vehicle as it does luxury sedans like the new 2009 Lincoln MKS.

* EcoBoost power: Ford’s global solution for improving fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions for millions of customers – EcoBoost engine technology – powers Lincoln MKT.

* Responsible luxury: The Lincoln MKT concept reaches a new level of responsible luxury with the use of more environmentally friendly materials that offer a premium look and feel.

DETROIT, Jan. 14, 2008 – Lincoln today pulls the wraps off a new premium utility concept vehicle – unsurpassed in its balance of spaciousness, comfort and fuel efficiency – that shows customers a new way to tour in style.

The Lincoln MKT concept features a 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine with turbocharging and direct injection that produces the power and torque of a V-8 engine with the fuel efficiency of a V-6. EcoBoost – combined with advanced transmissions, electric power steering, weight reductions and aerodynamic improvements – is a key part of Ford Motor Company’s vehicle sustainability strategy.

The company is introducing EcoBoost engines that will deliver up to 20 percent better fuel economy on half a million Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles annually in North America within the next five years. Ford will first introduce EcoBoost in the Lincoln MKS next year. The luxury sedan will feature a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6, delivering an estimated 340-horsepower and more than 340 lb.-ft. of torque on regular gas.

“EcoBoost engines can deliver better fuel economy and performance on a full range of vehicles, from small cars to large trucks,” said Mark Fields, president of The Americas. “The Lincoln MKT concept offers the comfort of a luxury sedan, the spaciousness and flexibility of a full-size utility and the performance of a sporty roadster – executed with new technologies and materials that make it as environmentally friendly as it is elegant.

“The Lincoln MKT concept is understated but powerful – inside, outside and under the hood.”

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Thats actually pretty hot. Cant wait to see the production version.

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IPOD center stack. Grab, pinch, nudge, caress your vehicle.

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very cool, i just don't like those huge grills they're putting on the lincoln's concepts

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wow, that first shot of the car in motion is stunning. This car can raise the transaction prices of Lincoln, if they spend the money in the right places, i.e. interior..........and then price it at ~$50k. This is a great R-class competitor. It needs the right engines, the right interior [which looks fab in this version], to command that price. But this is solid. The rear isn't right however. the don't need to follow the MKR theme so closely at the rear. but maybe it works better in real life.

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Not diggin it. Not diggin this whole design direction at Lincoln.

"Lincoln: Now with more Baleen Whale look!"

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I like it, especially the rear.

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I actually like it... but GOOD GRIEF! the angles of those pics are hooooooorrible. Ugh! :banghead:

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It's hideous. If you think it's just the angles....

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The only thing stunning about it is the interior, which looks like it ripped out of the MKR.

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at first glance... i loved it... then about a second later it started going downhill...

interior is nice tho! and i actually like the grill setup they've been using on their concepts for a while now... but not in this application... looked awesome on the MKR tho

upon looking further i have figured out exactly what is wrong with this... because i keep feeling like it should look really good but refuses to... basically whats going on is that the beltline and such is too high off the wheels... seriously, look at the car, then imagine if the top of the hood and the hips were a few inches lower... basically its just too tall from wheels to beltline, take some of that space out and itll look really good... i promise.

dont believe me? then chop it and see what happens... im curious as well haha

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Not diggin it. Not diggin this whole design direction at Lincoln.

"Lincoln: Now with more Baleen Whale look!"

Well.... Designing cars after fish certainly helped GM in the 60's

And apparently designing them after bloated dolphins and small whales is helping Toyota now.

So why not? :AH-HA_wink:

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There are some really great details and things, but like some have said, the grille needs to be toned down a little and a lower beltline would probably look better. I love the side upkick.

Check this out...someone from BON photoshopped it to make the beltline lower and it looks much cooler. It has sort of a sport wagon look. I think the biggest problem is the lack of the rear bumper and the large expanse of flat rear sheet metal. A bumper will help break that up. But overall, they are on the right track.

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I actually really like it. The concept behind the "T" in "MKT" is touring, and this is supposed to be a big, powerful, long-distance, continent-crossing "grand tourer", like a 2+2 GT. The production version would probably be a 2+2+2, with all-weather capabilities to boot.

It's a concept explored by the R-class (production version of Merc's Grand Sports Tourer concept) and the X6 (all-weather 2+2 GT).

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I like it except for the boat tail. It reminds me of the Quest, which is not good. Make it more upright and it's be a winner. I love the grills on the concepts, it's bold and states that Lincoln is tired of blending in with the crowd.

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'85 Seville? Is that you?!

:lol: That's the first thing I thought of when I saw the rear.

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It's really a different kind of luxury and style that doesn't rely on conventional proportions or traditional materials. The interior is luxurious in a very light, airy, and comforting way. It strays from the shiny woods and ruched upholstery, the automotive equivalent of neoclassical pillars, crown moldings, leather armchairs, and velvet curtains. Lincoln is fighting back the Teutonic insistence on gentleman's lounge luxury interiors, by designing something less formal and more contemporary.

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It's hideous. If you think it's just the angles....

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The only thing stunning about it is the interior, which looks like it ripped out of the MKR.

Still like it! Thanks for the better pics though.... :thumbsup:

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haha! that photoshopped pic with the lower beltline has proven my point! i shall now take a victory lap and then sit down, sigh, and wish Lincoln had noticed that before releasing the concept...

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Love it. Very "Lincoln-y", very "old money". Solidly elegant. Love the strong shoulder line with the kickup suggesting the '61 Continental. Love the horizontal taillamp cluster (it is missing the "spare tire hump", but that's perfectly ok with me), love the double-shield grille. Overall it conveys an essence of Lincoln design that is recognizable and good. I certainly hope this vehicle makes it to the showroom more intact than the MKS did.
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