A Brief Look at the Lincoln MKT

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The Lincoln MKT: A History and Evolution

The Lincoln MKT represented a breed of luxury crossovers when it first came into the market in 2010. Its arrival was unique, not only because it symbolized the first 7-seater crossover, but also because it was among the first models that Lincoln launched to redevelop its brand image.

Over the years, the Lincoln MKT has undergone several updates and upgrades to keep it in line with the ever-evolving demands of the market. In this article, we will discuss the Legacy and Evolution of the Lincoln MKT from its first generation to its final one.

First Generation: 2010-2012

The Lincoln MKT’s entry into the market in 2010 marked a new era for the luxury crossover segment. It was a class-defying amalgamation of the classic Lincoln design elements with modern-day technologies of the very best in the industry.

The first-generation of Lincoln MKT had two trim options-bringing up the base model and the elite version. Both edition options had a 3.7-liter V6 engine that produced 268 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission system.

One notable feature of the first generation of the Lincoln MKT is the MyLincoln Touch system-a futuristic multimedia system that includes voice commands and seamless integration with GPS navigation. Other advanced technology-enabled features include a THX-II certified sound system with 14 speakers and a park assist feature that comes standard with the Elite model.

Second Generation: 2013-2019

The second-generation of the Lincoln MKT came with a host of upgrades and refined features over the previous generation. One significant improvement was the addition of a more potent engine than the first edition. The second generation had a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 power engine that delivered 365 horsepower with a six-speed automatic transmission. For the fuel economy, the second-generation edition offered 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

Apart from the improved performance, the redesign more well-knit front-end into its design and more slimmed-down headlights. The grille bore cobweb-inspired detailing, and for some editions, the rearview mirrors featured LED turn signals.

One of the most remarkable features of the second-generation Lincoln MKT was the cutting-edge technology-including a lane-keeping system, adaptive cruise control, collision warning, and blind-spot monitoring. The myriad of hi-tech elements went on with the previous model’s technological innovation with the Sync 3 Infotainment system, which had a suite of digital features absent from the previous model.

Final Generation: 2020-2021

After enjoying an excellent run in the market, the Lincoln MKT officially closed out its journey with its final edition in 2021. The MKT sat on the same underpinnings as the MKS sedan, and it properly incorporated midsize crossover features in a luxury-inspired package. Unlike the first and second edition, the final generation of the Lincoln MKT offered only one edition option, the Reserve model.

Under the Reserve model’s bonnet lies a turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine that could churn up to 365 horsepower with a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy for the final generation still had 16 mpg in city traffic and 23 mpg on the highway.

The final edition featured a modern, technology-focused dashboard design and a vivid touchscreen infotainment system – now augmented with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Lincoln MKT Variations

The Lincoln MKT had several variations throughout its generations.

The Lincoln MKT Town Car

The Lincoln MKT Town Car is a variant customized for livery and limousine operations that came into the market in 2012. It featured additional features like a vinyl roof and a separate air conditioning system for the third-row passengers. The Lincoln MKT Town Car went out of production in 2017.

The Lincoln MKT Limousine

The Lincoln MKT Limousine variant was launched in 2013 as an upgrade to the Town Car model. Among the changes, the model featured a power-operated divider window, signal alert intercom, chrome roof, and black or white leather interior.

The Lincoln MKT Hearse

The Lincoln MKT Hearse was launched in 2013 and is a customized vehicle designed for funeral services. The conversion process for the model was carried out by Specialty Hearse corporation and featured rear seats replaced with a casket tray and a motorized hatch to load the casket.

The Presidential Limo Version

The latest custom model of the Lincoln MKT came designed as the official presidential limousine in 2018. This model features modern-day safety and security details like satellite telecommunication, blast-resistant doors, and a custom air filtration system.

RunBidSell Insights

The Lincoln MKT made waves in the luxury crossover sector when it first debuted in 2010. Its cutting-edge technology, class-defying design, and seamless performance made it one of the most popular models in its segment. Over the years, it went on to have various model variations and upgrades that made it even more luxurious, refined, and technologically advanced.

As the Lincoln MKT marks the end of its journey, its legacy in redefining luxury crossover design and features will undoubtedly remain a topic of discussion for years to come.


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