What Changed for 2009:
- New flagship full-size luxury sedan
- 273-hp, 3.7-liter, DOHC V-6 engine
- Front- or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD)
- Sync communications system standard
- Standard perforated leather upholstery
- Available 19- and 20-inch wheels and tires
- Optional THX-II Certified 5.1 surround sound system
- Reverse camera system available
- Prices start under $38,000
aims to compete in the luxury market with the introduction of the 2009 MKS, a new 5-passenger sedan. The split, "double-wing" grille of the previous MKS concept
and the MKS production car is reminiscent of Lincolns from the 1940s. While the concept car had a 4.4-liter V-8 engine, the production model features a 3.7-liter V-6 engine with the promise of a turbocharged V-6 engine in the future. While more and more luxury makers are returning to rear-wheel drive, MKS buyers will have a choice of FWD or AWD.
The new MKS is built on the Volvo
-derived full-size platform that hosts the Ford Taurus
and Mercury Sable
. The MKS shares the Taurus's 112.9-inch wheelbase, but is actually 3.7 inches longer overall at 204.1 inches. The MKS seats five, includes a comprehensive list of luxury features, and has a starting price under $38,000. Competitors include the Lexus GS
, Acura RL
, Cadillac CTS
and Volvo S80
The 2009 Lincoln MKS is available in FWD or AWD. Standard equipment includes cruise control; dual-zone electronic automatic climate control; Bridge of Weir leather upholstery; heated and cooled, 12-way power front bucket seats; heated rear seats; memory for the steering column, driver's seat and mirrors; heated power exterior mirrors with auto-dimming driver's side; power windows and door locks; keyless entry with push-button start; AM/FM 6-speaker stereo with 6-disc CD changer/MP3 player; Sirius satellite radio; Sync in-car communications system; power tilt/telescoping steering column; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; wood and aluminum interior trim; auto-dimming rearview mirror; rain-sensing wipers; vehicle information center; universal garage door opener; theft-deterrent system; new Lincoln split-wing grille; high-intensity-discharge headlights; fog lights; reverse sensing system; Ford
's Easy Fuel capless fuel-filler system; dual chrome exhaust tips; and P235/55R18 tires on 18-inch, 10-spoke bright machined and painted cast-aluminum wheels. The new MKS also features Securicode Invisible Keypad, Ford's next-generation keyless entry keypad-which is ordinarily invisible but uses heat-sensing technology to light up when you touch it to input your code and start the ignition.
Options on the new 2009 Lincoln MKS include olive ash wood interior trim; power rear window sunshade; THX-II Certified 5.1 surround sound audio system with 600 watts and 14 speakers; adaptive headlights that point into turns; dual-panel moonroof with a front panel that tilts and opens and has a rear fixed panel with retractable shade; radar-based adaptive cruise control that maintains a set following distance; front park assist; rearview camera; 19- and 20-inch wheels; and a voice-activated navigation system with Sirius Travel Link that provides real-time traffic, weather forecasts, fuel prices, movie listings and sports scores. Adaptive cruise control will be available late in the model year, according to Lincoln. Optional equipment packages for the new MKS include Aluminum, Premium Wood, Navigation, Technology and Ultimate.Powertrain
Power for the 2009 Lincoln MKS comes from a 3.7-liter version of Ford's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. This all-aluminum, 24-valve dual-overhead-cam (DOHC) direct-injection engine produces 273 hp at 6250 rpm and 270 lb.-ft. of torque at 4250 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with Ford's SelectShift manual shift capability. The available Intelligent AWD system distributes torque up to 100 percent to the front or rear wheels and works with the standard electronic stability control system to transfer power from side to side. EPA fuel economy for the FWD MKS is estimated at 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway. The AWD model gets an EPA-estimated 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway.
The new MKS sports a MacPherson strut front suspension, designed to accommodate the optional 20-inch wheels. In the rear, the new independent suspension utilizes shocks mounted at the outboard end of the suspension arms, which Lincoln says maximizes suspension travel and allows for more precise suspension tuning. The MKS has a standard 4-wheel vented disc anti-lock braking system (ABS).Safety
Safety features on the 2009 Lincoln MKS include dual-stage front air bags; torso-protecting front side air bags; side curtain air bags with rollover sensor; child safety locks; Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system; anti-theft perimeter alarm; Securicode Invisible Keypad; remote keyless entry; rear obstacle detection; tire-pressure monitor; anti-lock brakes; brake assist; traction control; and AdvanceTrac with electronic stability control. A reverse camera system is also available.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA
), the 2009 Lincoln MKS receives a 4-star rating in driver's front crash testing, and 5 stars in front passenger and in side-impact testing. In the agency's rollover testing, the MKS receives 4 stars for both FWD and AWD models.Technology
Technology features on the new 2009 Lincoln MKS include adaptive forward lighting; adaptive cruise control; Sirius Travel Link (real-time traffic and weather updates, part of the available navigation system); Sync hands-free, voice-activated in-car entertainment and communications system (developed by Ford Motor Company in conjunction with Microsoft); and the Securicode Invisible Keypad, which remains invisible until you touch it and enter your code to start the ignition. A THX-II Certified 5.1 surround audio system with 600 watts and 14 speakers is available as an option.
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