2012 Lincoln MKT - 2011 LA Auto Show

By KBB.com Editors on November 17, 2011 4:46 AM

Sharing many of the visual and mechanical upgrades found on its MKS runningmate, the 2013 Lincoln MKT also made its first public appearance in Los Angeles. Like the MKS, this six/seven-passenger full-size luxury SUV gets a more refined front end that gives the new MKT a lower, wider look with more elegant detailing in the grille and front quarters. A similar kind of rethink can be seen in its refreshed interior. Trimmed in rich Bridge of Weir leather and even better isolated, it also boasts a new dash/instrumentation and a redesigned multifunction steering wheel. Now available in regular or new heated form, the new wheel affords ever easier control of the latest versions of SYNC and MyLincoln Touch that also have been upgraded for 2013.

Like the MKS, a comprehensive chassis redesign adds new sense of dynamic quality to the 2013 Lincoln MKT driving experience while further separating it from the Ford Flex that also shares the same basic platform architecture. Both front-drive and all-wheel-drive MKT variants will come with the division's new Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) system that significantly reduces body roll and understeer as well as the new Lincoln Drive Control system that links programming of the suspension, power steering, engine and transmission and provides driver-selectable Normal, Sport or Comfort settings to fine-tune the feel. Quicker electric-assisted power steering and larger, more capable anti-lock brakes give the 2013 MKT an even more confident feel, which continues to be helped by its standard AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control. A new Lane Keeping System with Lane Keeping Alert and Lane Keeping Aid will be available as an option in addition to the MKT's already comprehensive array of safety features. So too, will inflatable seatbelts for the second-row outboard seats. 

Buyers of the 2013 Lincoln MKT will have a choice of two well-proven V6 engines. The naturally aspirated 3.7-liter remains standard in front-drive models, although output jumps from 273 to 300 horsepower and torque rises from 270 to 275 lb-ft thanks to the addition of twin-independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT). Ti-VCT also helps add a significant three mpg to its highway fuel economy rating. Opt for all-wheel-drive and underhood motivation becomes the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that carries over unchanged and continues to make 355 horses and 350 lb-ft of twist. Both engines are backed by a dedicated version of the six-speed SelectShift automatic that includes steering-wheel mounted paddles.