Back in October, Ford Motor Company announced that it would be replacing the aging Lincoln Town Car sedan with a more luxurious version of the Lincoln MKT, and now it has revealed its all-new livery crossover, the Lincoln MKT Town Car. The new MKT Town Car was unveiled, fittingly, at the International LCT (Limousine, Charter and Tour) Show in Las Vegas, Nev., and it will go into production early next year likely for the 2013 model year. While it isn't clear why Ford went with the MKT over the more conventional MKS sedan, the new MKT Town Car will definitely afford passengers improved luxury, better cabin technology and more space.
The biggest change that Lincoln made to the MKT Town Car was to the interior which has seen the removal of the third-row seat that comes standard on the regular MKT. Without a third-row seat, the MKT Town Car not only increases rear legroom by 1.5 inches by having the rear seat moved back, it also allows this model to offer 39.6 cubic feet of cargo space which is about double that of the Town Car sedan. Other key changes inside the MKT Town Car include the addition illuminated vanity mirrors integrated into the headliner for rear passengers, navigation and a Wi-Fi hotspot capability as standard equipment while SYNC, back up camera and Lincoln's Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross traffic alert will be available as options. Rear-seat passengers will also be provided with separate audio controls, a 110-volt outlet and a USB charging port.
'Riding in the rear of the new Lincoln MKT Town Car will be a very special experience,'? said Scott Tobin, director of Lincoln Product Development. 'We've enhanced the rear passenger space so passengers can be both extremely comfortable and productive at the same time.'?
Visually, Lincoln says that the MKT Town Car has a higher roofline than the standard MKT which would help make ingress and egress to the rear seat even easier; puddle lights are also added to the rear doors to allow for illuminated entry and exit. The MKT Town Car Limousine will feature unique wheels and tires as well as upgraded brakes to handle the extra weight of the stretched body and platform. Remarkably, both the MKT Town Car Limousine and the MKT Town Car Livery will be built at Ford's Oakville Assembly Complex alongside the regular MKT and the Ford Flex.
Engine options for the MKT Town Car Livery and Limousine haven't been announced, but Lincoln said the new model will offer 35 more horsepower from the engine. The standard MKT uses either the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 or the old version of the 3.7-liter V-6, and since it isn't likely for Ford to squeeze any more power out of the popular EcoBoost engine, it will probably use the updated version of the 3.7-liter which would be a great fit for this work-ready crossover. The 3.7-liter has been updated for 2011 to include Ford's Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) technology which helps to significantly improve engine output to more than 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque in the new 2011 Ford Mustang and Ford F-150. All models will continue to use the six-speed automatic transmission, but while the regular wheelbase Livery model will come standard with front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive will available as an option on this model and will come standard the long-wheelbase Limousine model. This longer Limousine model will ride on a strengthened heavy-duty chassis to allow the car to be stretched by 120 inches - 10 feet!
'Livery operators are looking for a leading livery solution that is reliable and stylish, and the new Lincoln livery and limousine solutions fit the bill in every capacity,'? said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. 'The new MKT Town Car will be the best available in the livery industry, working off a solid base as the perfect way to achieve the versatility needed for executive transportation or a night out on the town.'?
Lincoln has still yet to unveil production pictures of the MKT Town Car Limousine, and based on recent spy pictures, it is also working on an MKT Town Car Hearse.