LA Auto Show 2011: Lincoln Unveils 2013 MKS, Announces MKT Town Car
The current Lincoln MKS is not what one would call a competitive luxury car. On paper, the specs seem exciting enough: plenty of juice, all-wheel-drive, reasonable price. But in the metal and on the road, the car comes off as a chintzy exercise in badge engineering of the sort that sunk Detroit.
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Lincoln’s new head of design, Max Wolff — the Australian responsible for Cadillac’s recent products — took the stage to introduce the new MKS. It also features the Mustang engine, the cyber-cetacean grille and the interior design is perhaps a notch better than the current car’s dismal space.
If you drive all jiggly-like, a chime sounds and a coffee cup appears on the dash, a la recent Mercedes products. The cup is cloying and irritating in the Benz. It wouldn’t be a shock if Lincoln’s rendition somehow manages to be downright infuriating, but we’ll reserve judgment until we take one for a spin on 30 minutes’ sleep.
Wolff’s a talented, engaging man, and Ford’s hired some top-flight people who’ve done great work at other automakers as part of Lincoln’s turnaround program, but he’s got a serious road ahead. Ford’s product plan for Lincoln revolves around the company’s current, FWD-based architectures, some of which are excellent and some of which, like the aging Volvo platform that underpins the MKS,