"The only thing good about 2008 is that it's over." This is an oft-reiterated sentiment felt by many in Detroit. Ford Motor Company continues to look past the near term turmoil that awaits the auto industry by introducing more new models at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show.
Lincoln MKT Reveal - DetroitEnlarge Photo
We clued you in that Lincoln would show the production version of their MKT crossover at Detroit. They did. Unlike with the now out-of-production Lincoln Mark LT, where the T was for Truck, for the 2010 Lincoln MKT the T stands for Touring. Read our full preview here. An added detail released at the press event was that 355-horsepower EcoBoost V-6 will be available at the crossover's launch this summer. Torque output is expected to be a healthy 350 lb.ft.
Lincoln also announced that their full-size sedan, the MKS, will get a Sport Package. The requisite lower front air dam, rocker extensions, and revised rear spoiler and valance look good. The MKS Sport (the MKSS?) gets EcoBoost power, and should prove to be an entertaining drive. We did note the curious conflict between the EcoBoost logo (with its green leanings) and the aggressively sporty red "S" in the MKS Sport's logo. Both appear on the sedan's trunk, presenting a kind of ying and yang sort of relationship. The MKS Sport arrives in dealership this summer.
Lincoln Concept C Reveal - DetroitEnlarge Photo
Lincoln topped these announcements and added some excitement to their Monday press conference by showing the Lincoln Concept C. There's much to like about the Concept C, including the airy greenhouse, the center-opening doors (a la 1961 Continental), the aggressive fender lines, and the 178 horsepower 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. Lincoln says that this concept could hit the 43-mpg mark on the EPA's highway mileage loop, an example of how efficient a small-displacement, direct-injected and turbocharged engine can be. With 177 lb.ft of torque and a dual-clutch six-speed transmission, a car like the Concept C should be a hoot to drive.
Ford Motor Company, unlike GM and Chrysler, continues to act as if the present automotive crisis is temporary. They're right. This too will pass. And it can't pass soon enough.--Rex Roy