The Lincoln MKS is a four-door, five-passenger full-size luxury sedan. The Lincoln MKS is manufactured in Chicago, Ill. alongside the Ford Taurus, Ford Taurus X and Mercury Sable. The Lincoln MKS is being touted as Lincoln’s new flagship design. The Lincoln MKS was based on a concept car first introduced at the 2006 North American International Auto Show. Production of the MKS started in May of this year in Chicago, Illinois.
This 2009 model will only be available as a single model with a 3.7 L V6 engine offering 273 horsepower and 270 lbs-ft of torque. One design feature to improve fuel efficiency is the lighter die-cast aluminum block and four-valve cylinder heads. Paired with this engine is a six-speed automatic transmission with a SelectShift mode that allows the driver to select the gears manually.
The Lincoln MKS is a front-wheel drive vehicle but with an optional all-wheel drive system available. This system can control the engine torque to all four wheels using electronically controlled clutches and the AdvanceTrac stability control system that helps to regulate the side-to-side torque.
The EPA fuel economy rating for this vehicle is 17 miles per gallon in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
The exterior of the vehicle offers an unusual look with its waterfall grille and clean body sides, chunky body with steel covering much of its sides. The wide vertical tail lamps accent the square design. The suspension is nicely tuned offering the luxury car comfort along with precision steering. There are MacPherson struts and control arms in front with vertically mounted shocks in the back. It comes with selection of wheels available if you don’t like the 18 inched machined cast-aluminum wheels that come with it.
The interior of the Lincoln MKS is particularly memorable. There is excellent attention to detail with soft surfaces everywhere. The top of the instrument panel has a leatherette material, similar to top-of-the-line European cars. The visual look is smooth and flowing with minimal cutlines. The glove box flows from the passenger door to the center console. There is classy leather upholstery, one of the softest ever used. It’s a perfect match to the two wood trims, Ebony and Olive Ash, and all the aluminum and chrome accents.
Lincoln MKS Features & Options
Another aspect where the MKS shines is the high-tech options. Some of these options include the keypad entry system that uses a heat-sensing technology to turn on LED lights of the numerical pad. There is the Easy Fuel capless fuel-filler system that automatically seals itself shut to reduce fumes and emissions. Also available is the adaptive cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, swivel adaptive headlamps with automatic high beams, a forward sensing system and even a rear view camera for backing up.
Not to be outdone, there are communication upgrades like Sync, a hands free interface for cell phones and all kinds of media as well as the new THX-certified surround sound audio system has voice activated navigation with the new Sirius Travel Link. This offers weather and traffic in real time updates.
Lincoln MKS Safety
The vehicle is solid for safety features including: 4-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS) with brake assist, driver & front passenger dual stage airbags that includes driver seat position sensor, passenger seat sensing system, driver & front passenger-side impact air bags, first and second side impact air curtains, child safety locks, AdvanceTrac electronic stability control, traction control, and Rollover Protection S.O.S. post crash alert.