2010 Lincoln MKT Shows a Little More Skin

August 26, 2008

A couple of weeks ago, we showed you a new batch of spy photos of the 2010 Lincoln MKT--then we brought you the scoop on Ford's production plans for the new Lincoln crossover from a secret backgrounder held during the Pebble Beach Concours.

Today, WorldCarFans is showing off the latest spy shots of the MKT, with some shots of its interior. WCF says the prototype, caught in Michigan, has an MKS-style grille up front, xenon headlights, and a black-and-tan interior with a telescoping steering wheel and a big navigation screen. The 2010 MKT, they add, is being developed under the codename D472.

Ford plans to show off the MKT at the Detroit auto show. Though it's based on the architecture that also spawned the 2009 Ford Flex, the MKT doesn't share a single sheetmetal panel or interior trim piece with the Flex. The MKT will even get its own engines--either a 3.7-liter V-6 or a 3.5-liter "EcoBoost" engine, with direct injection and turbocharging, that's good for 340 horsepower. A six-speed automatic with paddle shifters will be the sole transmission.

Standard features on the MKT will include seven-passenger seating, SYNC, and a power-folding third-row seat. The latest Travel Link system from Sirius will be available, as will all-wheel drive and Ford's new Cross Traffic Alert system, which will alert drivers to obstacles when backing out of a parking space. The MKT will also offer an auto-park feature that steers the vehicle into a parallel-parking spot at the touch of a button.

Before the MKT shows up, Lincoln will pull the fabric from the revised 2010 MKZ sedan at the Los Angeles auto show.

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