LA 2011: 2013 Lincoln MKT


Lincoln's quest for improvement continues with the refreshed seven-passenger MKT crossover.

The Lincoln MKT, their rebadged version of the Ford Flex, has always been a head turner with its awkward styling. Granted, it's nice to see an automaker taking design chances, but sometimes things can get over-the-top just a bit. And now, the American automaker has just unveiled their refreshed 2013 MKT seven-seat crossover at the LA Show. It's immediately apparent that the MKT has received a new front fascia that's in line with that of the also facelifted MKS sedan.

The lower fascia has also been updated with a more rounded look and a new fog light section design. Engine options, however, remain the same, with the 3.7-liter V6 as standard fare and the 3.7-liter EcoBoost being optional. The former will now produce 300hp (up by 32hp) and 275lb-ft of torque while the EcoBoost has 355hp. Fuel economy for the 3.7-liter is also slightly improved over last year's model. Also like the MKS, the MKT receives Lincoln's new and innovative Continuously Controlled Damping system. Available only on EcoBoost-equipped models, it basically monitors and adjusts the suspension according to various road conditions.

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Algorithms are used to collect data by calculating the optimal damping force 500 times per second. This results in a smoother and much more refined ride even in the harshest conditions. The 2013 MKT is also equipped with the automaker's Lincoln Drive Control, giving the driver the choice of three driving modes: Normal, Sport, and Comfort. The interior has been updated with the latest version of MyLincoln Touch, an eight-inch multi-function LCD touch screen and SYNC, and new leather trim colors. The Panormaic Fix-glass Vista Roof remains standard.

In order to make things quieter inside, Lincoln added more noise barriers and absorbers that are placed in the front wheel wells, around the shock towers, under the hood and in the trunk. No pricing was announced and expect to see the 2013 MKT in dealerships this spring.

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