(from Lincoln Press
Release) DISTINCTIVE NEW THREE-ROW LINCOLN MKT OFFERS LUXURIES
OF FUEL ECONOMY, TECHNOLOGY, SPACE
All-new 2010 Lincoln MKT enters the luxury crossover segment with
Lincoln’s signature design, inviting three-row interior and
intuitive technologies that will make customers’ lives easier –
including available Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Warning with
Brake Support, Active Park Assist, Blind Spot monitoring – and more.
The Lincoln MKT offers two fuel-efficient engine choices in Ford’s
proven 268 horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 or the new 3.5-liter V-6
EcoBoost™ engine that delivers even more performance with estimated
355 horsepower, without compromising its V-6 fuel economy
Joining the all-new Lincoln MKS and new 2010 Lincoln MKZ and further
growing the brand’s momentum, Lincoln MKT will be available in
dealer showrooms in late summer
Detroit, Jan. 12, 2009 – Lincoln is offering full-size luxury
crossover customers a fresh new choice with the 2010 Lincoln MKT, a
three-row tourer that delivers the optimal blend of fuel economy,
performance, technology and spaciousness.
“We’re growing Lincoln’s product portfolio with a full-size
crossover that offers more of everything luxury buyers want today –
including more variety,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The
Americas. “Lincoln MKT will help us further build momentum for
Lincoln, which has been outpacing its luxury competitors and growing
market share in recent months.”
The all-new 2010 Lincoln MKT is larger than the two-row Lincoln MKX
mid-size premium crossover and joins the sumptuous and sporty
Lincoln MKS luxury sedan launched in 2008 and the new Lincoln MKZ
sedan that hits the market in spring.
Standard on every Lincoln MKT is the brand’s signature design –
complete with a split waterfall grille, a beveled chamfer along the
vehicle’s shoulder line, a flowing cantrail that frames the
greenhouse and full-width horizontal taillamps that span the subtly
curved weight-saving magnesium liftgate that adds visual character
while protecting generous rear cargo space.
Precision Lincoln MKT craftsmanship is reflected in world-class
panel margins, and in the high tactile quality of interior surfaces
Inside, high-quality materials and precision-stitched craftsmanship
are evident on every surface – from the leather-trimmed seating
surfaces and floating armrests to the optional flow-through second-
row center console and jewel-like acrylic instrument cluster with
LED white lighting.
Beyond that, customers can choose how to best specify Lincoln MKT,
choice of a standard fixed glass Panoramic Vista Roof™ with
power-assisted front and rear sunshades – or the available Power
Panoramic VistaTM roof
Either six- or seven-passenger variations with two
different second-row seating configurations. A standard 60/ 40
split folding rear bench seat features heated outboard seating
positions. Power “fold and tumble” bucket seats, with heating,
cooling and power-assisted lumbar adjustment are also available.
A rear console-mounted five-quart-capacity refrigerator is
available in the individual bucket seating configuration
Second-row footrests and an available dual headrest
Family Entertainment System with twin 7-inch DVD playback
screens offering individual or simultaneous programming
A litany of exterior paint colors, including Ingot Silver
Clearcoat Metallic, Tuxedo Black Clearcoat Metallic, Red Candy
Tint Clearcoat Metallic, Cinnamon Clearcoat Metallic, Steel Blue
Clearcoat Metallic, Gold Leaf Clearcoat Metallic, Sterling Grey
Clearcoat Metallic and White Platinum Tri-Coat
Balancing power and efficiency
comes standard on the Lincoln MKT – and customers have a choice of
two powerful yet practical V-6 engines.
A 3.7-liter, 24-valve variation of the award-winning Duratec engine
family is standard. Delivering an expected 268 horsepower at 6,500
RPM and 267 ft.-lb. of torque at 4,250 RPM, this engine has been
tuned to provide brisk acceleration and smooth power delivery.
Significant engineering and development time were invested in the
3.7-liter Duratec V-6 to deliver best-in-class noise, vibration and
harshness (NVH) control. Lincoln MKT was benchmarked for interior
quietness to allow normal conversation within the vehicle, using an
A two-speed fuel pump and Aggressive Deceleration Fuel Shut-Off (ADFSO),
combined with optimized transmission and final drive gearing, are
designed to allow this engine to deliver segment-leading fuel
economy for Lincoln MKT.
For even more performance driving feel, Lincoln MKT also offers a
3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6. This engine provides the
power of a normally-aspirated V-8 with V-6 fuel economy. This
advanced engine delivers a class-leading estimated 355 horsepower at
5,700 RPM, while generating 350 ft.-lb. of torque at 3,500 RPM.
EcoBoost is a global Ford strategy to deliver the power that
customers want, combined with the fuel economy that they need.
Combining gasoline direct injection with twin turbochargers and a
smaller-displacement engine, EcoBoost can match the power output of
larger, naturally aspirated engines while yielding torque and fuel
Pressurized direct injection helps eliminate the “turbo lag”
associated with earlier turbocharged engines. And even with the
additional horsepower, fuel economy is optimized by an increased
compression ratio, enabled by air-charged cooling and sophisticated
Lincoln MKT is equipped with a six-speed SelectShift® automatic
transmission. This advanced gearbox offers the driver a choice
between fully automatic operation and manual control.
In addition, paddle shifters are integrated into the steering wheel
spokes. Intuitive to operate, a squeeze back on either paddle will
deliver an upshift, while a gentle push forward on either paddle
will induce a “matched-rev” downshift.
This capability makes the Lincoln MKT driving experience sporty, yet
smooth. Unlike other competitive transmissions, SelectShift won’t
“second guess” the driver with an override shift. With SelectShift,
manual control is truly manually controlled.
All-wheel-drive is optional in the Lincoln MKT with the standard
3.7-liter V-6. The AWD option enhances the vehicle’s capability in a
variety of weather conditions. The sophisticated AWD system is fully
automatic, using an advanced array of internal electro-mechanical
clutches to efficiently distribute torque between front and rear
wheels as needed. AWD is standard in the Lincoln MKT with the
EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6.
Quiet, confident motoring
“The Lincoln MKT strikes
the optimum balance between capable and driver-engaging handling,
while simultaneously delivering a smooth quiet ride in all three
rows,” said Chief Engineer Ron Heiser. “It combines a luxury touring
experience with an agile ride and available Class III towing
strength, as well.”
Key elements of Lincoln MKT suspension development and tuning
included minimizing front end lift on acceleration, offering stable
and engaging steering and handling characteristics that provide
confidence to all drivers, all while delivering a luxurious ride
quality consistent with Lincoln brand character.
A new rear suspension system features a “one for one” shock absorber
ratio. The resulting linear response gave the engineering team a
stable base line for suspension tuning, allowing the team to deliver
a better balance between responsive handling and control as well as
a smooth ride. It also improves rear suspension isolation and
enables the use of 20-inch wheels.
Lincoln MKT delivers a new level of quiet confidence that delivers
best-in-class levels of NVH control. Virtual modeling and wind
tunnel tests helped engineers optimize the vehicle, influencing
everything from side view mirror placement and special sound
deadening in the bulkhead to extensive exhaust system isolation and
the inclusion of both an acoustic windshield and dual-layer front
side glass to specifically reduce A-pillar wind noise.
On the 3.5 EcoBoost V-6 equipped versions, engineers directed
additional effort to minimizing induction noise, while still
providing a rewarding aural cadence to Lincoln MKT acceleration.
Lincoln MKT delivers
abundant technologies aimed at making life luxurious for both the
driver and three rows of passengers. A holistic approach was used to
develop these amenities, where ease of use and intuitive operation
were key objectives. Nowhere is this focus more apparent than with
Active Park Assist.
Lincoln MKT with EcoBoost features advanced Electronic Power
Assisted Steering (EPAS), which enables the optional Active Park
Assist. This innovative Lincoln-exclusive technology employs an
ultrasonic-based sensing system, as opposed to video camera-reliant
competitive offerings, making hands-free parallel parking a breeze.
Active Park Assist works at the touch of a button, requiring less
driver programming, reducing the risk of selecting an
inappropriately sized parking space, detecting edges of adjacent
objects to calculate optimized trajectory and “steering” the Lincoln
MKT while coaching the driver through conventional throttle and
In addition to completing a parking maneuver quickly, Active Park
Assist also works in uphill parking situations unlike competitive
systems on the market.
Additional Lincoln MKT customer convenience features include:
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) allows the driver to set and
maintain vehicle speed, while radar monitors traffic ahead of the
Lincoln MKT. This optional system automatically adjusts speed and
slows the vehicle to maintain the set distance behind traffic ahead.
Intelligent Access with Push Button Start allows the driver
to enter the Lincoln MKT and start the engine without using the key.
Entry is made easier as drivers simply carry the special fob as they
approach the vehicle and start the engine by pushing a button.
SecuriCode™ Keyless Entry Keypad allows access to Lincoln MKT
by unlocking the driver’s door by entering a pre-set five-digit code
in the flush-mounted, backlit keypad integrated into the B-pillar.
Adaptive Headlamps with Standard High-Intensity Discharge (HID)
Lamps enhance nighttime visibility. Sensors monitor Lincoln MKT
speed and steering wheel input to engage headlamp movement to
increase the driver’s field of vision.
Auto High Beams coupled with Adaptive Headlamps enhance
nighttime visibility by switching to high intensity when no other
vehicles are in range.
Rain-Sensing Wipers use an optical sensing system to gauge
precipitation and automatically activate and adjust the wipers.
EasyFuel™ Capless Fuel-Filler System self seals when
refueling is complete.
MyKey™ allows parent or other concerned owners to restrict
certain Lincoln MKT features when in the hands of a MyKey driver.
MyKey encourages safety belt usage, provides earlier low fuel
warnings, engages applicable driver aid systems and sounds speed
chimes at preset levels while limiting audio system volume and top
Blind Spot Information System (BLIS™) comes into play when a
turn signal is activated. A radar sensor on the outboard rear
quarter panel monitors the traditional blind spot area and can
notify the driver with a warning indicator light in the
corresponding side view mirror if the sensors in this optional
system detect a vehicle in the blind spot.
Cross Traffic Alert uses BLIS sensors to help detect traffic
when backing out of a parking space. When the vehicle is in reverse
and it senses traffic, mirror warning lights illuminate and audible
Spotter Mirrors add secondary convex spotter mirror panels in
the top outer corner of the side view mirrors, specifically oriented
to reflect objects often lost in a driver’s blind spot.
Reverse Camera System, a standard Lincoln MKT feature, uses
the centerstack-mounted touch/ navigation screen for projection and
activates upon reverse gear engagement.
Lincoln SYNC™ is standard on Lincoln MKT. This award-winning
voice activated communications and entertainment system developed by
Ford and Microsoft fully integrates Bluetooth®-enabled mobile phones
and digital media players into the vehicle.
SYNC incorporates 911 Assist, which can notify a local 911 emergency
operator in the event of an air bag deployment incident. SYNC
Vehicle Health Report feature can keep the driver notified of
scheduled maintenance, service intervals and vehicle system health
Lincoln MKT is offered with two audio technology choices. Standard
is an AM/FM In-Dash Single CD/DVD/MP3 capable unit with 10 speakers,
SIRIUS® Satellite Radio with six-month prepaid subscription, an
auxiliary input jack and a USB port.
The available Navigation Package includes an internal hard-drive for
map and point-of-interest information storage, THX II® Certified 5.1
Surround Audio System with 14 strategically aimed Premium Audio
Neural Surround provides the Lincoln MKT audio upgrade a unique new
technology for improving the surround sound experience from
compressed digital music formats. In addition, a SIRIUS Travel Link™
prepaid subscription is included with the Navigation Package
providing coast-to-coast weather data, forecasts, fuel prices,
sports scores, movie listings and more.
The available Navigation Package also enables the driver to display
personal photos on the centerstack-mounted touchscreen. The system
can store and display up to 32 photos, sized 1.5MB or less. The home
screen can be personalized, by display or desired information or
photos in one, tow or three panel views.
Both systems feature an internal Jukebox hard drive for storage of
up to 150 hours of recorded audio entertainment. Users can browse
the Jukebox via touch screen or voice control. Gracenote® technology
will display the CD cover when a selected track is playing.
Technology under the skin
“The new Lincoln MKT
brings together a compelling package of active and passive safety
features that work to help protect its passengers,” said Stephen
Kozak, safety engineering chief.
The Lincoln MKT features a new technology aimed at helping make
Collision Warning with Brake Support, enabled by Adaptive
Cruise Control, provides the driver with a “heads-up” display that
flashes on the windshield when the system senses slower moving
traffic ahead. If the driver doesn’t respond, the system will
pre-charge the brakes to prepare the vehicle for a more aggressive
The Lincoln MKT also features an advanced structural safety system
that combines octagonal front frame rails, tunnel rails, and support
members that are designed to absorb and redirect crash forces away
from the passenger compartment.
Lincoln MKT also features Side Protection And Cabin Enhancement
(SPACE) Architecture incorporated to optimize side-impact occupant
The SPACE system integrates a hydroformed high strength steel tube
embedded in the floor that runs the width of the vehicle from
B-pillar to B-pillar and along the rocker panels to form a safety
cage to help protect passengers in side impact incidents.
Lincoln MKT also features Ford’s enhanced Personal Safety System,
combining multiple technologies to tailor the air bag package and
safety belt functions to the individual passenger and the accident
circumstances. The system can identify variables, such as severity
of the crash, weight of the individual passenger and safety belt
usage to adjust air bag deployment force.
Additional Lincoln MKT safety technologies include:
Safety Canopy™ is Ford’s exclusive side impact protection system
employing side curtain air bags to help protect front and outboard
rear passengers in both rollover and side impact crashes.
Beltminder® reminder technology for driver and front seat
passenger, persistently taking over after the initial safety belt
signal stops chiming.
SOS Post-Crash Alert System automatically flashes the turn
signal lamps and sounds the horn following deployment of an air bag
or activation of a safety belt pretensioner.
“The Lincoln MKT is all about delivering more for customers – more
choice, more premium features and technologies and even more luxury
for people in all three rows,” Fields said.
The Lincoln MKT will be built at Ford’s Oakville Assembly Complex in
Ontario, Canada, and will be in dealer showrooms in late summer.
About Ford Motor Company
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about 224,000 employees and about 90 plants worldwide, the company's
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