Lincoln MKS History
The Lincoln MKS is a full-size luxury sedan that first hit the market in the 2009 model year. Its sleek exterior styling and innovative technology helped lead the resurgence of the Lincoln brand following the automotive recession, and its head-turning design has played a major role in changing the perception of Ford’s luxury brand.
The Lincoln MKS was unveiled three years ahead of the 2009 model year in which it debuted, as a concept at the 2006 North American International Auto Show, and then consumers would get their first glimpse at the production model at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show. Production would officially begin in May 2008 with sales beginning the following month.
Lincoln would hand over its full-size flagship sedan reins to the MKS in 2012 when the Lincoln Town Car was officially discontinued. The MKS platform is based off the D3 platform, which is shared by the Ford Taurus.
Much like the rest of Ford’s lineup, the advent of EcoBoost technology has made powertrains options in the Lincoln MKS significantly more appealing to shoppers. The interior of the Lincoln MKS has also benefited from technological advancement in recent years, including the addition of the SYNC with MyLincoln Touch infotainment system with voice recognition software. The Lincoln MKS also boasts a suite of intuitive safety features that use radar technology, such as Active Park Assist and Lane-Keeping Assist.
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Reception of the Lincoln MKS
Consumers and critics alike applauded the Lincoln MKS’s spacious interior and plethora of luxury features, which led Lincoln to sell more than 17,000 units in 2009 – still the best sales year for the MKS.