Anyone expecting a major overhaul of the Lincoln MKS for 2013 will likely be disappointed, but Lincoln has made some major changes in the 2013 MKS that should continue to attract buyers.
As MotorAuthority reports, although the company is in the process of reinventing the Lincoln brand, we won’t see the fruits of that labor until the unveiling of the new MKZ concept car, possibly at the January 2012 Detroit Auto Show.
For now, what’s new for the 2013 Lincoln MKS full-size luxury sedan? Here we take a look at some of the major changes.
No complete redesign, but Lincoln has altered the look a bit by adding a new grille, hood, front fenders, LED taillight detailing, HID headlamps, either 19- or 20-inch wheels, and revised bumpers.
On the interior, the 2013 MKS features a “newly-crafted” look, including an all-new instrument panel, the latest version of MyLincoln Touch (the Lincoln version of the updated MyFord Touch), premium seating materials provided by Scotland’s Bridge of Weir leather company, new woods (Prussian Burl and Brown Swirl Walnut) and new leather colors (Hazelnut and Light Dune).
Power, performance and driver aids
Lincoln has upped the peak horsepower in the standard 3.7-liter V-6 engine to 300 horsepower, compared with 274 horsepower in the 2012 model. This translates to a projected fuel economy of 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway in front-wheel drive (FWD) configuration, a 3-mpg improvement in highway fuel economy versus the 2012 model. In all-wheel-drive configuration, the projected fuel economy is 18/26 city/highway mpg.
The 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost AWD engine produce 355 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, with fuel economy projected to be 17/25 city/highway mpg.
But perhaps the biggest change is the addition of Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) as standard equipment. By monitoring suspension settings up to 500 times per second, the real-time CCD system provides better ride and handling than the 2012 model. It’s also the kind of sporty handling consumers would expect from a full-size luxury family sedan.
Lincoln Drive Control is another major update for the 2013 MKS. With Lincoln Drive Control, the driver can alter the sedan’s on-the-road feel simply by moving the gear selector from “Drive” to “Sport.” This move automatically adjusts throttle and steering response, shift feel, handling performance, ride firmness, and traction control/electronic stability control parameters. Drivers can also make the ride smoother by personalizing CCD suspension settings. For example, they can use MyLincoln Touch to select “Comfort” setting.
Upgraded brakes, revised steering and six-speed automatic transmissions with SelectShift and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters are other major enhancements for the 2013 MKS.
Safety features and driver aids
Safety features in the 2013 MKS, in addition to six airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control and Advance Trac ESC (electronic stability control), include the new Lane Keeping System that Ford will debut early next year on the mid-size Ford Explorer crossover SUV.
The Lane Keeping System has three features designed to keep drivers in control behind the wheel, including Driver Alert System, Lane Keeping Alert, and Lane Keeping Aid.
Other safety features already available on the Lincoln MKS include collision warning paired with adaptive cruise control, and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert.
The 2013 Lincoln MKS will arrive in dealer showrooms in the spring of 2012.