By Mike Goetz
The Lincoln version of the Ford Flex crossover made its debut in Detroit. Like the Flex, this new MKT is assembled at Ford’s facility in Oakville, Ont. But, as you can see, it doesn’t look anything like the squared-off Flex. The rising beltline over the rear quarter is perhaps its most distinctive line, and helps give the vehicle a lot of character, particular when viewed from the rear (check out those wrap-around tail lamps!).
Inside you’ll find three rows of seating, in seven or six-seating configurations. The latter can be optioned with a “flow through second row console.” Other notable options include adaptive cruise control, a huge power sunroof, Active Park Assist, and a rear console mounted refrigerator.
Two V6 engines are available: the 268-hp 3.7-litre V6, which also powers Flex; and the all-new 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost, which is Ford’s answer to the those who would normally need or desire a V8, but still want the fuel efficiency of a V6. Employing direct injection and twin turbochargers, the engine produces 355 hp at 5,700 rpm and 350 lb-ft of torque at 3,500 rpm. AWD is standard and the both engines are mated to the six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, which can be manually shifted via steering wheel mounted paddles.