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Lincoln MKT Concept

        Auto | Concept Cars

The Lincoln MKT Concept seems more like a platform for fuel-saving technologies than a potential production luxury vehicle. The second Ford product introduced at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, the four-door "bustle back" features a rear hatchback design and the maker's new EcoBoost engine technology.

Lincoln MKT Concept
Lincoln MKT Concept

EcoBoost, as Ford dubbed its family of high-efficiency engines, is offered as an alternative to hybrid drivetrains offered by other manufacturers. E85 capable, EcoBoost engines will feature direct-injection fuel delivery and turbocharging.

The V6 in the MKT concept displaces 3.5-liters and is rated at 415 horsepower. Ford claims that when mated with a six-speed automatic transmission, the EcoBoost engine will use 20 percent less gas than a V8 producing the same horsepower.

Lightweight composite body panels take the place of steel stampings and contribute to MKT's overall fuel thriftiness.

Lincoln MKT Concept
Lincoln MKT Concept

Inside, MKT has "first-class cabin" accommodations including fully reclining bucket seating for four. Up front, vital vehicle information is projected onto a curved area of the center stack instead of displayed in a digital readout or on a video screen.

Though there are no immediate production plans for MKT, the concept could foreshadow a large Lincoln SUV based on Ford's upcoming Flex crossover. Expect such a vehicle to offer seating for up to seven passengers.


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