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 |  May 13 2012, 3:02 PM

The 2013 Lincoln MKS got its official debut back at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, revealing a ‘new’ design direction for the luxury American automaker.

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 |  Nov 17 2011, 2:50 PM
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We’ve been hearing a lot about Lincoln lately. Ford Motor Company has been pouring lots of money and effort in an attempt to revitalize the storied brand. 7 new or significantly updated models are coming in the next three years and in terms of design, Lincoln is on its way to becoming a full independent operation; a new design center is currently under construction in Dearborn and a dedicated team, headed by Max Wolff, has been assembled, whose task it is to live, breathe, eat and sleep Lincoln.
Now while the fruit of such labors is still a ways off, Lincoln has given us a taste of what’s to come with the updated 2013 MKS sedan, which was officially unveiled at the 2011 LA Auto Show on November 17. On the outside, the car has been given a facelift. You might not be able to tell at a glance, but Lincoln says all sheetmetal forward of the A-pillar is new, lending an appearance that is lower and wider than the 2012 model. The “waterfall” grille effect has been de-emphasized, though the resulting effect is perhaps a tad more elegant than before.
At the rear, the car has also been given a new set of tailights and a redesigned trunk lid and fasica (luggage access is also improved). Inside, the MKS features Bridge of Weir leather seating and a redesigned instrument panel and center stack that “flows” into the rest of the cabin, a design cue we’re told can expected to be found in future Lincoln models. The somewhat controversial MyLincoln Touch system has been updated, the objective being simpler and more intuitive to operate than before, while SYNC gains a live operator assist feature to help users get more out of the voice command system.
Yet the biggest improvements lie underneath the skin; namely vehicle dynamics. For 2013, Lincoln has added Continuously Controlled Damping as standard equipment. This real time system, via multiple sensors, allows suspension settings to be adjusted by up to 500 times per second, designed to provide both optimal ride quality and handling control.
In addition, there’s Lincoln Driver Control which allows the pilot of the 2013 MKS to effectively “alter” the car’s driving characteristics by moving the shifter from “Drive” to “Sport Mode.” This results in improved throttle response, more aggressive shifting, better steering response, as well as adjusting stability and traction control to deliver a more “enhanced driving experience.”
Besides standard and Sport damping settings the CCD system can also be adjusted to a “comfort” setting, should you feel the need to hark back to Lincoln ride quality of yore. Another interesting feature are Lane Keeping Alert and Aid technologies which are designed to provide the driver with a gentle nudge, should the vehicle cross lanes. Think of it as a bit like the vibration you get  from your XBox 360 controller when your car goes off road while playing Forza Motorsport. 4. A quaint little coffee icon also displays on the dash signaling that it’s probably time for you to pull over and nap or get a fresh cup of Joe.
Larger brakes and a more powerful 3.7-liter V6 (now with an expected 300 hp instead of 274) plus aerodynamic tweaks designed to reduce wind noise essentially round out the changes. The 2013 Lincoln MKS is expected to arrive in dealer showrooms sometime early next year, though by then we should also have a better idea of the brand’s new direction. Here in LA were told to expect something significant at the upcoming North American International Auto Show in January, 2012.

Gallery: 2013 Lincoln MKS

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 |  Nov 17 2011, 8:48 AM

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Lincoln has revamped its MKS for 2013, sporting a whole new exterior appearance as part of a change in the brand’s design direction.  While different, it’s not exactly a departure from the previous model, although with this just a mid-cycle update any drastic changes will have to be saved for the next all-new model.

Debuting at the LA Auto Show, the new MKS will have two engine options, a 3.7L V6 with 300-hp and 275 lb-ft of torque (available in FWD or AWD) and a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 AWD with 355-hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.

There’s no way to ignore Lincoln’s desire to move forward with its new designs. The front bumper, fenders, hood, rear bumper are all redesigned along with the prominent front grille. HID headlights and LED taillights bring the Lincoln up to par with its competitors while the 19-wheels are surely made to grab attention. If that’s not enough for you, Lincoln will be offering a 20-inch option for the new MKS.

Lincoln also enhanced the braking performance on the new MKS, fitting 13.86-inch rotors in the front and 13.58-inch rotors in the rear. Lincoln’s Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) which is also found on their new MKT, can also be found on the MKS giving it a smooth ride without compromising its handling capabilities. Lincoln Drive Control also helps bring the MKS to life offering the driver the ability to easily change between Drive to Sport, automatically adjusting the handling performance, ride firmness, throttle response, shift feel, steering response and traction control of the vehicle.

Safety features on the new MKS include collision warning, new Lane Keeping Alert and new Lane Keeping Aid technologies – all of which help drivers avoid potentially dangerous situations. On the inside, the MKS has an all new instrument panel, MyLincoln Touch and plenty of new color schemes to choose from using new premium materials and genuine stitching.

GALLERY: 2013 Lincoln MKS

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See AutoGuide’s complete 2011 LA Auto Show coverage here

 |  Nov 12 2011, 3:51 PM

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Lincoln is brewing up some more interest for its upcoming LA Auto Show debuts. Recently we were teased with a single photo showcasing the new design of the 2013 MKS and MKT, and now the Ford luxury brand has released a couple more. This time it’s clearly showcasing the new MKS sedan’s LED taillights and a new dashboard featuring FoCoMo’s configurable instrument panel LCD screens.

It’s still not a whole lot to go off of, but clearly Ford is taking a page out of its own marketing book to hopefully generate more interest for their newly redesigned MKS and MKT. Let’s just hope when the full unveil happens, we’re not disappointed.

See AutoGuide’s complete 2011 LA Auto Show preview here

GALLERY: 2013 MKS, MKT Design Teasers

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 |  Oct 21 2011, 4:00 PM

As engineers of Lincoln quietly work to bring the brand back to relevance, an update to the current Lincoln MKS sedan and MKT crossover will be unveiled at the upcoming 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show as 2013 models.

Although official information has yet to be released, the 2013MY MKS and MKT are expected to receive not only mild cosmetic alterations, but mechanical updates as well.

It will be interesting to see if Lincoln’s new design boss (the man responsible for creating the current look of Cadillac) can do anything to make the MKT look at all appealing.

Look for the new Lincoln MKS and MKT in showrooms next year.

[Source: Carscoop]

See AutoGuide’s complete 2011 LA Auto Show Preview here.