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New for 2011-Lincoln

New for 2011-Lincoln

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2010
2011 Lincoln ModelsHistory
Founded in 1917, Lincoln is an American automobile manufacturer that is a brand of Ford Motor Company. Lincoln was started by Henry Leland, one of the original founders of Cadillac. The company's initial plans were to build aircraft engines, but it hit financial troubles and was bought by Ford in 1922 for $8 million.

In the early days, Lincoln built a bare chassis with a powertrain and suspension. It was then sent to a coachbuilder, like Fleetwood, to be completed according to customer specifications. In 1924, Lincoln touring sedans, which were known as "Police Flyers," began to become popular with police departments around the country. It wasn't for another two decades that some of Lincoln's most identifiable product names, such as Continental and Town Car, first debuted in the 1950s as the company's flagship models (both have only recently been discontinued).

Today, Lincoln manufactures a full range of passenger automobiles. They include compact 4-door sedans, luxury sedans, and sport utility vehicles with up-to-7-passenger seating capacities. Models include both front- and rear-wheel drive, and many offer the option of all-wheel drive. The company first started selling hybrid models in 2011. Lincoln vehicles are manufactured in the United States, Canada and Mexico, and sold in North America, Asia and the Middle East.

2011 Lincoln Models at a Glance:
  • MKS-Minor equipment changes
  • MKT-New for 2010, the 2011 model is a carryover
  • MKX-Complete redesign for 2011
  • MKZ-Minor equipment upgrades and a new Hybrid model
  • Navigator-Upgraded electronics and free maintenance

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2010 Lincoln MKS2011 Lincoln MKS
Launched in 2009, the Lincoln MKS is a full-size, luxury 4-door sedan. Sharing platforms with the Ford Taurus and Ford Flex, the MKS is offered in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-configurations. Like the Lincoln MKT, with which it shares platform architecture, the MKS is available with a choice of normally aspirated or turbocharged powerplants-in this case, Ford's twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6, rated at 355 horsepower.

With the Lincoln Town Car being phased out, the MKS is replacing that traditional rear-wheel-drive sedan and the brand's flagship sedan. Lincoln only made minor changes to the infotainment system for the 2011 model year.

Highlights:
  • Minor changes for 2011
  • Three models: MKS FWD, MKS AWD, and MKS AWD Ecoboost
  • Standard 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged 6-cylinder engine rated at 355 horsepower (Ecoboost model)
  • Standard 3.7-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 268 horsepower (MKS model)
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive (MKS FWD model)
  • All-wheel drive (MKS AWD and MKS AWD Ecoboost models)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW HD radio has been added to the available voice-activated navigation system
  • NEW Lincoln Sync integrates traffic, directions and information with the navigation system
2010 Lincoln MKT2011 Lincoln MKT
Introduced as a 2010 model, the Lincoln MKT is a full-size, luxury crossover vehicle with seating for up to 7 passengers. Sharing unibody platforms with the Ford Taurus, Ford Flex and Lincoln MKS, the MKT features sleek and unique styling for a touring designation (Lincoln says the "T" in the name stands for "Touring").

According to the automaker, Lincoln engineers went to great lengths to improve the MKT's fuel economy ratings. One area of particular focus was weight reduction (less weight means the engine doesn't have to work as hard, and as a result, fuel economy improves). The rear tailgate is aluminum and magnesium, and there is magnesium used in the radiator and seats. New for the 2010 model year, the 2011 model is a carryover.

Highlights:
  • No changes for 2011
  • Three models: MKT FWD, MKT AWD, and MKT AWD Ecoboost
  • Standard 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged 6-cylinder engine rated at 355 horsepower (Ecoboost model)
  • Standard 3.7-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 268 horsepower (MKT model)
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive (MKT FWD model)
  • All-wheel drive (MKT AWD and MKT AWD Ecoboost models)
  • 7-passenger seating
2010 Lincoln MKX2011 Lincoln MKX
The Lincoln MKX debuted in 2007 as a successor to the Lincoln Aviator. The Lincoln MKX is a midsize, 5-passenger crossover sport utility vehicle (CUV) that is built on a Ford-family unibody platform (the MKX is closely related to the Ford Edge).

When it arrived on the scene, the MKX was notably smaller and more car-like in its design compared to the outgoing, larger, 7-passenger truck-oriented Aviator (itself based on the Ford Explorer), and its debut marked a significant change in direction for customers accustomed to the predecessor.

Just four years into its model cycle, Lincoln has treated the MKX to a significant refresh for the 2011 model year. The exterior and interior have been reworked, and the CUV is fitted with a new 6-cylinder engine that is more powerful and more fuel efficient.

Highlights:
  • Complete refresh for 2011
  • Two models: MKX FWD and MKX AWD
  • Standard 3.7-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 305 horsepower
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • Optional all-wheel drive (AWD)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW MyLincoln Touch infotainment technology
  • NEW Front fascia and exterior refresh
  • NEW Redesigned and upgraded interior
  • NEW Redesigned 18- and 20-inch wheels
  • NEW Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support
  • NEW Blind-spot information system
2010 Lincoln MKZ2011 Lincoln MKZ
The Lincoln MKZ is a midsize, 4-door, entry-level luxury car. Launched as the Lincoln Zephyr for the 2006 model year, the model was renamed the MKZ in 2007 to follow the automaker's "MK" nomenclature. Sharing platforms with the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan, the MKZ debuted with standard 6-cylinder power and a choice between front- and all-wheel drive.

The big news for 2011 is the addition of an MKZ Hybrid. Like the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Mercury Milan Hybrid, the MKZ gasoline-electric hybrid features a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor. Combined, the powerplants produce 191 horsepower-and it can run up to 47 mph on electric power alone, Lincoln says. With an EPA city rating of 41 mpg, and a highway rating of 36 mpg, Lincoln says the MKZ is the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in the United States.

The rest of the MKZ lineup only receives small changes, including an available voice-activated navigation system, and the optional rear-seat entertainment system has two head restraint-mounted screens.

Highlights:
  • New hybrid model for 2011
  • Three models: MKZ FWD, MKZ AWD, MKZ Hybrid
  • Standard 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 263 horsepower
  • Standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and electric motor with combined output of 191 horsepower
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission (FWD and AWD models)
  • Standard continuously variable transmission (Hybrid model)
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD and Hybrid models)
  • Optional all-wheel drive (AWD)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW MyKey programmable key
  • NEW Integrated blind-spot mirrors
  • NEW Available voice-activated navigation system
  • NEW Dual screens (mounted on head restraints) for rear entertainment system
  • NEW Acoustic improvements to reduce cabin noise (laminated windshield, door seals, new headliner, etc.)
2010 Lincoln Navigator2011 Lincoln Navigator
The Lincoln Navigator is a full-size sport utility vehicle. Launched in 1998, the first-generation Navigator was based on the Ford Expedition-a platform the Navigator continues to share. While the two models shared most of their mechanicals (the Navigator was fitted with a 5.4-liter V-8), the Lincoln featured unique exterior trim and an upscale interior complete with standard leather upholstery and a longer standard list of amenities.

An all-new second-generation model arrived in 2003. New features included side curtain air bags, tire-pressure monitoring, power-operated running boards, power-folding third-row seats, and a power liftgate. The current, third-generation Navigator debuted for the 2007 model year. Completely redesigned, the truck had a new 5-link rear independent suspension, 6-speed automatic transmission (sourced from ZF), and a new "L" model with a 12-inch longer wheelbase for increased passenger room.

For 2011, Lincoln has upgraded several of the electronic systems on the Navigator, and is offering free maintenance for the first year of ownership.

Highlights:
  • Minor changes for 2011
  • Four models: Navigator RWD, Navigator AWD, Navigator L RWD, Navigator L AWD
  • Standard 5.4-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 310 horsepower
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard rear-wheel drive (RWD)
  • Optional 4-wheel drive (4WD)
  • 8-passenger seating capacity
  • NEW Voice-controlled navigation system with HD radio technology, Sync and Sirius Travel Link is now standard equipment
  • NEW Trailer sway control works with AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control)
  • NEW MyKey programmable vehicle key allows Navigator owners to limit top speed and radio volume, even when they're not in the vehicle
  • NEW Complimentary maintenance for the first 12 months/15,000 miles in service


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