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Worst of Show: Lincoln MKT

The T in MKT stands for Touring

 |  Jan 12 2009, 12:36 PM

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Lincoln can’t seem to get enough of its own grille design. First they extended it until it enveloped the headlights and now they’ve come up with a significantly-sized crossover – presumably because that was the only other way to increase the surface
area on the front of a Lincoln.

The rear of the seven-passenger MKT isn’t much better as it seems to fade-off into a point.

Lincoln’s designs may be controversial but according to company execs the Ford luxury brand continues to out-sell Infiniti and Lexus in certain segments.

The new MKT, set to go on sale in the summer of 2009, features a standard 3.7-liter V6 engine with an optional 355hp EcoBoost twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6. Both engines come with a standard six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Technological highlights on the new MKT include adaptive cruise control and a blind-spot monitor system.

The MKT will also feature Ford’s new revolutionary Active Park Assist system.

For 2010 the EcoBoost V6 engine will also be available in the MKS, where it will make 355hp, get 10 percent better fuel economy than a V8 and offers more power and torque than the Lexus GS460 and Infiniti M45.

Official release after the jump:

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