Lincoln MKT, Full-Size Crossover Upgraded, More Refined for Luxury Customers. Lincoln’s MKT full-size crossover offers a dramatically improved ride, sharper handling, better fuel economy and new safety technologies including rear inflatable seat belts for the 2013 model year, providing customers benefits and features that match or exceed more expensive competitors.
Lincoln Drive Control, standard with the 365 horsepower 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 is an automatic system that delivers an ideal balance of a smooth ride with confident handling as it intuitively responds to the driver’s commands and the road itself. Lincoln Drive Control helps make the 2013 model the most refined and engaging MKT ever. Continuously Controlled Damping included with EcoBoost V6 engine enables Lincoln Drive Control by monitoring suspension settings up to 500 times per second, the real-time system adjusts the suspension 20 times per second to deliver more controlled handling with a smoother ride. Making a full size crossover ride smoothly but handle well can be a real challenge.
Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) is fitted to the new Lincoln MKT when the crossover is equipped with the optional 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. The adjustable suspension enables a more confident driving experience that defines the Lincoln DNA balance of ride comfort and handling. Regardless of road conditions, drivers will enjoy a markedly smoother, more controlled ride because CCD is always tuning and refining the ride quality. The fully integrated system delivers its on road benefit by significantly expanding the chassis’s capabilities compared to a chassis with nonadjustable struts and shock absorbers, known as dampers by chassis engineers.
Lincoln Drive Control is always at work refining the vehicle’s driving dynamics. Enabled by features including CCD and electric power-assisted steering (EPAS), the system continuously integrates handling performance, ride firmness, throttle response, shift feel, steering response and traction control/electronic stability control parameters. In addition to its automatic operation, Lincoln Drive Control enables drivers to change the driving personality of the MKT. The standard engine for 2013 is a more powerful and efficient 3.7-liter V6 that includes twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT). The ability to vary camshaft timing to optimize the opening and closing of intake and exhaust valves increases the engine’s power and efficiency
Horsepower for 2013 increases to 303 from 268, a 10 percent increase achieved with projected fuel economy ratings that improve to 17 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, a 1 mpg highway improvement. The MKT now offers more standard horsepower than the Audi Q7, Acura MDX and Mercedes Benz R350. Lincoln MKT is equipped with two versions of the six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission, both with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The 3.7 liter Ti-VCT V6 uses the 6F-50, and the more powerful 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 uses the heavy-duty 6F-55. This transmission features high-energy friction materials, a larger ring gear and a specific torque converter that optimize the 6F-55 to handle the high-torque output of the twin-turbo 3.5 liter.