The 2010 Lincoln MKT, equipped with an extensive list of enticing equipment, will arrive this summer priced at $44,995 (including destination) for the front-wheel drive model; equipped with a premium engine and all-wheel drive, prices start at $49,995
The Lincoln MKT offers two fuel-efficient engine choices: a proven 3.7-liter V-6 designed to deliver an estimated 268 horsepower or a new Twin turbo 3.5-liter V-6 with EcoBoostâ„˘ able to deliver an estimated 355 horsepower while delivering best in class fuel economy
Further growing the brandâ€™s momentum and joining the all-new flagship Lincoln MKS sedan and updated 2010 Lincoln MKZ, the 2010 Lincoln MKT three-row crossover will be available in dealer showrooms in late summer 2009
Lincoln MKT, a distinctive new premium crossover, will be available in late summer 2009 with a long list of standard comfort, convenience and technology features that make it an exceptional value.
Starting at $44,995 for the front-wheel-drive model, the three-row Lincoln MKT brings to the luxury market standard luxury features, quality interior appointments and design, class-leading fuel economy and a distinctive new exterior that embodies a fresh interpretation of Lincoln design DNA.
Similar to the flagship Lincoln MKS sedan, the new three-row Lincoln will offer customers an enticing mix of inviting luxury and useful technology. The base model will come well equipped, with a list of standard features that include:
SelectShift six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifts
Eight-inch, color touch-screen for audio and HVAC control
Rear view camera
20-GB hard drive for music jukebox music storage
Intelligent Access with Push Button Start
SecuriCodeâ„˘ Keyless Entry Keypad
Adaptive Headlamps with High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Lamps
Auto High Beams
Reverse-sensing parking assist system
Power opening / closing rear liftgate
12-way powered, heated-and-cooled front row seating
Heated second-row seats
Panoramic Vista Roof featuring two large glass panels
19-inch Premium Painted aluminum wheels
Integrated spotter mirrors
And a comprehensive, complementary list of active and passive safety features designed to help protect both driver and passengers.
In addition to a front-wheel drive powertrain, the Lincoln MKT will also be offered with all-wheel-drive. The AWD model with the normally-aspirated, 3.7-liter engine is expected to carry a starting price of $46,990 when it arrives in dealerships this summer. Compared to a similarly priced Acura MDX (the segment leading in sales volume), the Lincoln MKT offers far more interior space, better highway fuel economy and features consumers want, such as adjustable pedals, rain-sensing wipers, auto high beams and the connectivity of SYNC.
The 2010 Lincoln MKT will be available with a premium, 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost powertrain as well, and all EcoBoost models will be fitted with AWD. The direct-injection, twin-turbo, 355 horsepower engine is expected to deliver not only best-in-class power but also best-in-class highway fuel economy, superior to both the Acura MDX and Audi Q7. The 355-hp Lincoln MKT will have a starting price of $49,995. Acura does not offer a premium engine upgrade in the three-row MDX.
Lincoln MKT buyers looking for more luxury and convenience features can choose the Elite Package, priced at $5000. The Elite package includes:
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC): A system that allows the driver to set and maintain vehicle speed, while radar monitors traffic ahead. This optional system automatically adjusts speed and slows the vehicle to maintain the set distance behind traffic ahead.
Collision Warning with Brake Support: A system enabled by Adaptive Cruise Control that provides the driver with a â€śhead-upâ€ť display that flashes on the windshield when the system senses slower moving traffic ahead. If the driver doesnâ€™t respond, the system will pre-charge the brakes to prepare the vehicle for a more aggressive stop.
Blind Spot Information System (BLISâ„˘): BLIS is a radar sensor on the outboard rear quarter panel used to monitor the traditional blind spot areas and can notify the driver with a warning indicator light in the corresponding side view mirror.
Cross Traffic Alert: Utilizing BLIS sensors, the Lincoln Cross Traffic Alert helps detect approaching traffic when backing out of a parking space. When the vehicle is in reverse and senses traffic, mirror warning lights illuminate and audible signals sound.
Voice-activated Navigation: An advanced, next-generation system with an internal hard-drive for map and point-of-interest information storage and an updated THX audio system with exclusive new feature â€" Neural Surround â€" that helps improve audio reproduction from compressed digital formats.
Power-opening Panoramic Vista Roof
Stand-alone options available on the 2010 Lincoln MKT include:
Active-Park Assist: Available on EcoBoost-equipped vehicles, this Lincoln-exclusive system literally â€śsteersâ€ť the Lincoln MKT into a parallel parking spot while coaching the driver through conventional throttle and braking inputs.
Active-Park Assist employs an ultrasonic-based sensing system, as opposed to video camera-reliant competitive offerings, to detect edges of adjacent objects to calculate optimized trajectory and making hands-free parallel parking a breeze. It works at the touch of a button, requiring less driver programming and reducing the risk of selecting an inappropriately sized parking space.
20-inch polished wheels
Dual, headrest mounted DVD family entertainment system
Second-row, heated-and-cooled bucket seats with power lumbar
Second-row, console-mounted refrigerator
Class III trailer-towing capability
A full-equipped, twin turbo 355-horspower Lincoln MKT is expected to cost approximately $55,000, placing it thousands less than a comparably equipped Audi Q7. In addition, the Lincoln offers better fuel economy, more interior space and class and exclusive features like Active-Park Assist not available on the Audi Q7.
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