Lincoln introduces chauffeur-dedicated 2012 MKT Town Car and Limousine

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 17, 2011

Lincoln offers the new MKT Town Car as an alternative to the Town Car, which will be phased out along with other vehicles that are built on the Panther Platform such as the Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis. The Lincoln Town Car is famous for being the “black car,” a private limo for the wealthy individuals of New York and other cities.

This big sedan was a rear-drive, body-on-frame vehicle that was well-liked for its robust nature, cheap repair costs and the fact that it only required routine maintenance.

On the other hand, Lincoln’s replacement, the MKT, is based on a front-drive chassis (though all-wheel-drive is available) and uses a modern V6 engine.

In response to doubts about the MKT being able to manage being driven through the pot-hole ridden pavement of Manhattan, Lincoln has beefed up the chassis, brakes and other components. Lincoln also is prepared to provide re-enforcements if clients wanted to stretch the MKT by 10 feet, a capability built in to the Town Car from the factory.

Other features include Wi-fi capability, a SYNC system and special rear seat pockets for maps and newspapers. The rear seats were moved back by 1.5 inches to have more leg room with reclining rear seats and controls for the front passenger chair if the back seat riders wanted more leg room.

The MKT has 39.6 cubic feet of cargo space, providing more room for material objects than the Town Car but the old-money cachet of the outgoing vehicle has dimmed quite a bit.

The Lincoln MKT is well-designed to offer a roomy cabin and plenty of trunk space as well as high rooflines and easier ingress and egress. It could now be equipped with an all-wheel-drive and be filled with the latest in-car Wi-Fi technologies.

It also features SYNC technology that enables drivers to connect with their Bluetooth devices, thereby allowing them to focus on the road ahead. The craftsmanship that defines the Lincoln MKT is also evident in the livery and limousine versions, as seen with the detailed panel margins as well as high tactile quality of the vehicle’s interior surfaces and trim.

Moreover, every surface of the new Lincoln MKT is made of high-quality materials, including the leather-trimmed seating. Not only that, the Lincoln MKT comes with comfortably luxurious ride quality that the Lincoln brand has been known for. Customers could avail of the livery version in either FWD or on-demand AWD configurations.

The limousine version will be an AWD as standard, with a construction of up to an extra 120 inches (10 feet) of wheelbase. Lincoln’s engineers collaborated with the Limo Livery Advisory board during the development of the new livery vehicle.

The board provided key input on attributes that the new vehicle should have: performance, functionality and comfort as well as quality, durability and reliability. Lincoln also did not fail to ask for pertinent information owners, drivers and passengers to better understand what they want and need.

Gerry Koss, fleet marketing manager, disclosed that research was done to ensure that the new Lincoln livery solutions are designed to deliver on the needs of operators, allowing them to improve their business while providing end users with a modern vehicle capable of full connectivity.

He noted that industry stakeholders have already made it clear that the new Lincoln was the right direction because of its body proportions, available AWD with the livery version and standard AWD with the limousine version.

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