(from Lincoln Press
Release) 2011 LINCOLN MKS BLENDS PREMIUM TECHNOLOGY WITH
OUTSTANDING INTERIOR, POWERTRAIN REFINEMENT
voice-activated navigation system now offers HD RadioTM
technology for even more entertainment options for Lincoln MKS
-- Advanced technologies, like the Active Park Assist parallel
parking aid and the MyKey™ programmable vehicle key help
integrate Lincoln MKS into owners’ lifestyles
-- Standard 3.7-liter V-6 engine offers smooth, refined
performance while the available 3.5-liter EcoBoost™ V-6 provides
V-8 power with V-6 fuel economy
The 2011 Lincoln MKS
flagship sedan evokes luxury from its exceptional quietness and
comfort to its premium materials, class-exclusive features and
confident driving demeanor.
Putting the driver in command, the Lincoln MKS chassis provides
isolation from road noise and harshness but doesn’t isolate the
driver from the road. Steering is precise and responsive; the ride
is smooth yet taut; braking is linear and controlled. And with its
available 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, Lincoln MKS also offers a
powertrain that produces a compelling combination of V-8 power and
V-6 fuel economy.
New for 2011, music lovers will enjoy the addition of HD Radio
technology to the available voice-activated navigation system. The
HD Radio receiver enables more listening options and digital sound
quality with no additional equipment or cost. To use HD Radio,
listeners simply tune in their favorite station. If the station is
broadcasting with HD Radio technology, the system automatically
picks up the signal and will transition to digital audio once
The Lincoln SYNC® voice-activated in-vehicle connectivity system,
standard on the Lincoln MKS, now integrates Traffic, Directions &
Information with the voice-activated navigation system. Traffic,
Directions & Information leverages industry-leading
voice-recognition software, integrated GPS technology and a
customer’s Bluetooth®-capable mobile phone to provide simple
hands-free access to personalized traffic reports, precise
turn-by-turn driving directions, and up-to-date information
including business listings, news, sports and weather.
Immersed in premium technologies
Lincoln MKS delivers
technologies aimed at making life luxurious for both driver and
passengers. A holistic approach was used to develop these features,
where ease of use and intuitive operation were key objectives.
Nowhere is this focus more apparent than with Active Park Assist,
available on EcoBoost models and enabled by Electric Power Assist
This technology employs an ultrasonic-based sensing system, as
opposed to video camera-reliant competitive offerings, making
parallel parking a breeze. Active Park Assist activates at the touch
of a button, determining an adequate parking spot, detecting the
edges of adjacent objects to calculate an optimized angle, and then
steering the Lincoln MKS into the spot while coaching the driver
through conventional throttle and braking inputs.
In addition to completing a parking maneuver quickly, Active Park
Assist also works in uphill parking situations, unlike some
Also working in conjunction with EPAS, Pull-Drift Compensation is a
software-based technology that helps drivers offset vehicle pulling
or drifting that can occur in steady crosswinds or on uneven roads.
Pull-Drift Compensation uses sensors to constantly measure the
steering input applied by the driver to help maintain the vehicle’s
path; it automatically compensates for slight steering input changes
caused by environmental factors such as road crowning or steady
On the road, Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with
Brake Support allows the driver to set and maintain vehicle speed,
while radar monitors traffic ahead of the Lincoln MKS. This optional
system automatically adjusts speed and slows the vehicle to maintain
the set distance behind traffic ahead.
Collision Warning with Brake Support provides the driver with a
“heads-up” display that flashes on the windshield if the system
senses a potential collision with the vehicle in front of it. If the
driver doesn’t respond and a collision is imminent, the system will
pre-charge the brakes and increase brake assist sensitivity to
provide full responsiveness when the driver does brake.
MyKey allows parents or other concerned owners to restrict certain
Lincoln MKS features when in the hands of a MyKey driver. Parents
simply program the vehicle key through the message center to
incorporate features such as:
-- Limited top speed
of 80 mph
-- Traction control system that limits tire spin cannot be
-- Audio system volume limited to 44 percent of maximum volume
-- A speed alert chime at 45, 55 or 65 mph
A new level of connectivity
Lincoln SYNC is standard
on all Lincoln MKS models, providing occupants with voice-activated
communications and infotainment, including 911 Assist™, Vehicle
Health Report and Traffic, Directions & Information.
Lincoln MKS is offered with two audio technology choices. Standard
is a THX® II Certified Car Audio System with AM/FM/CD6/DVD/MP3
capability, 10 speakers, SIRIUS® satellite radio with six-month
prepaid subscription, an auxiliary input jack and a USB port.
The available navigation system includes an internal hard drive for
map and point-of-interest information storage, THX II Certified Car
Audio System with 14 strategically aimed Premium Audio speakers and
HD Radio technology. In addition, a SIRIUS Traffic™ and SIRIUS
Travel Link™ prepaid subscription is included with the navigation
system, providing coast-to-coast weather data, forecasts, fuel
prices, sports scores, movie listings and more.
The available navigation system also enables the driver to display
personal photos on the center stack-mounted touch screen. The system
can store and display up to 32 photos, sized 1.5MB or less. The home
screen can be personalized by display, desired information, or
photos in one-, two- or three-panel views.
Both audio technology choices 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.
Striking interior detail
detailed 2011 Lincoln MKS delivers a precision-crafted environment
resplendent in premium leather trim and real wood and metal accents.
Elegant, flowing surfaces create the feeling that the interior has
been sculpted, rather than constructed. The flow-through center
stack is topped with an integrated information screen that also
serves as the screen for the available navigation system. Standard
leather-trimmed seats are double-stitched and feature an exclusive
Lincoln perforation pattern on the inserts.
A philosophy of “guilt-free luxury” means Lincoln MKS strives to use
materials and processes that reflect the finer things in life, but
not at the expense of the world around it. Examples include:
-- Leather for the
seats by Bridge of Weir, the same Scottish company that supplied
hides for the iconic Continental Mark II, was chosen for its
high quality and its organic, chromium-free tanning
-- Ebony wood, used for some models, is reclaimed from furniture
makers and other sources to offer a beautiful and rare wood with
minimal environmental impact
Lincoln comfort seats,
developed for the MKS, feature side bolster supports designed for
spirited driving. The standard heated and cooled 12-way power driver
and front passenger seats offer four-way lumbar (up, down, inboard
and outboard) for added comfort on long trips.
Rear seat passengers also enjoy a luxury experience as they enjoy
standard heated rear outboard seats.
Recessed into the front and rear door openings, cleverly designed
hidden rocker panels allow for a low step-over height, making it
easier to enter or exit the vehicle. This design helps shield the
rockers from the elements, reducing the likelihood of soiling shoes
or trousers when entering or exiting the vehicle.
Balanced power, boosted efficiency
Fuel efficiency comes
standard on the Lincoln MKS – 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
274 horsepower at 6,250 rpm and 270 ft.-lb. of torque at 4,250 rpm,
this engine has been tuned to provide brisk acceleration and smooth
power delivery, along with EPA-estimated fuel economy of 17 mpg
city/24 highway for the Lincoln MKS with the 3.7-liter engine and
front-wheel drive (FWD). The all-wheel drive (AWD) version will
deliver an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 16 mpg city/23 highway.
For an even more performance-oriented driving experience, Lincoln
MKS also offers an available 3.5-liter EcoBoostTM twin-turbocharged,
direct-injected V-6. This engine provides 355 horsepower at 5,700
rpm, while generating 350 ft.-lb. of torque from 1,500 through 5,250
rpm (using premium fuel) – all while returning an EPA-estimated 17
mpg city/25 highway with AWD.
The unique combination of power and efficiency also makes the
EcoBoost MKS the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive Lincoln MKS
available, topping the naturally aspirated AWD model by 1 mpg city
and 2 mpg highway. 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 gains and maintaining fuel economy.
Pressurized direct injection enables a higher compression ratio,
while twin turbochargers work in tandem to reduce lag associated
with earlier turbocharged engines. Even with additional horsepower,
fuel economy is optimized by an increased compression ratio –
enabled by charge-cooling air – and sophisticated knock controls.
Lincoln MKS is equipped with a six-speed SelectShift Automatic™
transmission with paddle shift activation. This advanced six-speed
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 MKS driving experience sporty yet
smooth. Unlike some 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 MKS 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 electromechanical
clutches to efficiently distribute torque between front and rear
wheels as needed. AWD is standard in the Lincoln MKS with the
available EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6.
Body and suspension improvements
Lincoln MKS drivers
enjoy the solitude that comes courtesy of premium noise, vibration
and harshness (NVH) characteristics. Chassis and body bracing and
strategically placed sound-deadening materials produce an
extraordinary level of cabin isolation, providing MKS drivers with a
sense of sanctuary.
The structural stiffness is supplemented by a suspension designed to
further isolate occupants while also enhancing the driving
experience when pushed hard. Mounts and bushings have been carefully
tuned, and spring/shock tuning and front suspension geometry have
both been engineered to give drivers exceptional handling
capabilities in a full-size luxury vehicle.
In addition to the refinements found throughout the MKS line,
EcoBoost models take the tuning one step further. Larger stabilizer
bars front and rear provide flatter cornering characteristics, and a
different front subframe aids in further adjustments to the
suspension geometry. Combined with dual roll restrictors, the
EcoBoost MKS features handling dynamics perfectly matched to its
powerful, responsive engine – all without sacrificing the luxurious
ride Lincoln owners demand.
Active and passive safety
The Lincoln MKS features
an advanced structural safety system that combines octagonal front
frame rails, tunnel rails and support members designed to absorb and
redirect crash forces away from the passenger compartment. Lincoln
MKS also features Side Protection And Cabin Enhancement (SPACE)
Architecture® to optimize side-impact occupant protection.
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.
Also included is the enhanced Personal Safety System™, combining
multiple technologies to help tailor the airbags and seat belt
functions to each individual passenger and the particular accident
circumstances. The system can identify variables, such as severity
of the crash, weight of the individual passenger, and seat belt
usage to adjust airbag deployment force.
Lincoln MKS safety technologies
Standard and available
2011 Lincoln MKS safety features include:
Electronic Stability Control with Brake Actuated Traction
-- Dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags and side
-- Safety Canopy®, an exclusive side-impact protection system
employing side curtain airbags to help protect front and
outboard rear passengers in both rollover and side-impact
-- Collision Warning with Brake Support warns drivers of
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 stop
-- Personal Safety System™, a suite of safety technologies,
including dual-stage front airbags for the driver and front seat
passenger, seat belt pretensioners, load-limiting retractors,
seat position sensing and crash severity sensing
-- Tire Pressure Monitoring System
-- SOS Post-Crash Alert System flashes signal lights and sounds
horn in the event of an accident
-- LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tether anchors for CHildren) system
on rear seating positions
Lincoln MKS technology and
Standard and available
2011 Lincoln MKS technology features include:
-- Adaptive Cruise
-- Intelligent Access with Push Button Start
-- Voice-activated Navigation System with HD Radio, SIRIUS
Traffic and SIRIUS Travel Link
-- SecuriCode™ Keyless Entry Keypad
-- Adaptive Headlamps with Standard High-Intensity Discharge
-- Auto High Beams coupled with Adaptive Headlamps
-- Rain-Sensing Wipers
-- Easy Fuel® Capless Fuel-Filler
-- MyKey® programmable vehicle key
-- Integrated Blind Spot Mirrors
-- Rear View Camera System for improved rear visibility while
-- Lincoln SYNC® voice-activated communications and infotainment
system with Traffic, -- Directions & Information
All Lincoln MKS models
are built at the Chicago Assembly Plant.