Ford is expected to begin massive revisions to the Lincoln products for the 2012 model year. The transformation of Ford’s often-criticized Lincoln brand may start to take place at the end of the year. Sources say that Lincoln will start with overhauling the looks of existing products.
Sources say that the MKS sedan (which was launched four years ago) will be given a mid-cycle update that will debut by the end of the year, most likely at the Los Angeles auto show.
There have been several disguised MKT prototypes spied in the metropolitan Detroit area, which suggests that it will have a makeover in the same time frame.
But what has gotten fans all excited is what’s expected for Lincoln’s MKZ. It is rumored that an all-new model will arrive in showrooms in 2013, but an improved variant is scheduled to be unveiled as a concept car early next year.
From previous reports, we know that the MKZ will be built on a platform that was also used on the Ford Fusion and the next-generation European Mondeo.
However, the appearance of the Lincoln variant will be very different from its siblings. Lincoln declined to comment on the report and would only say that the MKS and MKZ “have been on the market for a while.”
The 2012 Lincoln MKT has been redesigned and gives a preview of a distinguishable Lincoln look in the future. The new model has new front fascia, grille and wheel selections.
Lincoln Design director Max Wolff explains that the new look aims to change the proportion of the MKT when viewed from the front. The company has made it look wider, less tall and less vertical. The new grille and grille bars are more elegant and refined, while the front is now more three-dimensional yet restrained and calm.
The design is functional and includes safety and styling updates that help give the roomy and distinctive interiors you have come to expect from Lincoln a fresh look. The new Lincoln MKT is made even more luxurious and welcoming, as well as a technologically modern space.
The redesigned interior goes well with the airy feel provided by the Panoramic Fixed-glass Vista Roof that comes standard in all MKTs. There are three rows of seating that can be configured to accommodate six or seven passengers. With a focus on first-class travel, there is just enough space here to go around. Passengers in the second row will have more legroom compared to other vehicles in this class. The second row would also have heating and cooling systems as well as a refrigerator if you opt for one.
The drivers will appreciate the latest iteration of the MyLincoln Touch hardware, which gives the MKT the brand's most advanced human-machine interface. You have all new instrumentation that has the speedometer at the center, flanked by two full-color LCD screens. Measuring 4.2 inches, the LCD screens are controlled by the buttons found on the steering wheel. Additionally, you have the 8-inch multi-use LCD touch screen located in the center stack. This touch screen allows you to control the navigation, climate control, phone and entertainment systems.
The Lincoln MKT has two audio systems that are controlled using MyLincoln Touch. The standard one has FM/AM/MP3/CD/satellite music sources that blast through eight speakers on a 210-watt system. You can swap that out with the THX II Certified Car Audio System that helps you get high quality home-theater sound to your car. The 700-watt system has 14 premium audio speakers. There are additional sources such as DVD and HD Radio, while a USB port and an auxiliary input jack means you can connect everything to your car’s audio system. SiriusXM satellite radio comes standard in all Lincoln MKT, and you have the first six months free.
The SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link are also available for the Lincoln MKT. If you choose the SD card based navigation, you also get a prepaid subscription to these services.
MyLincoln Touch and SYNC also enables voice-activated navigation control. Sirius already has a wealth of information including movie schedules, sports scores, fuel prices, weather data, and forecasts, among many others. You can also easily update the navigational database.