The 2016 Lincoln MKS is coming as the second generation model of the Ford’s brand and it is designed by a man who also worked at Cadillac and Holden, Max Wolff. This new MKS is focused on making Lincoln once again become one of the most competitive luxury companies competing in the market. The class which the MKS is a part of is extremely tough, and its main rivals are Cadillac, Lexus, and Infiniti. Ford likewise plans to offer Lincoln vehicles in the Chinese market, since they are only 8th in the US luxury market, and having in mind that Lincoln was a top seller back in the 90’s, this is not a good position for a company of their renown. The new Lincoln MKS 2016 should come to the market at the end of 2015 or early 2016, slightly redesigned and with new base engine.
2016 Lincoln MKS redesign
As for the exterior, the new Lincoln MKS 2016 comes with various design changes, which include the more traditional “American made” lines that are added to on the side windows and the back shoulder. This touch of the 70’s makes the MKS more in line with the popular MKC crossover. It built on the platform used for the Ford Taurus, which is originally the platform of the Volvo S80, with some Ford Flex and Ford Explorer influence. This is not the latest light weight platform, but the next generation will have more luck and receive a fully redesigned one. Furthermore, the amount of chrome is increased, especially on the grille.
When it comes to the interior, the cabin comes with the famous Black Label luxurious styling. Having in mind that the 2016 Lincoln MKS is a luxury car, it is expected to be offered with a Sync 3 infotainment system, premium leather upholstery, and heated and ventilated front seats. Also expected is the 3-zone climate control, huge trunk area, and plenty of space in all seat rows.
Lincoln MKS 2016 specs
Under the hood, the new Lincoln MKS 2016 will come with a new engine. The base powerplant will be 2.9-liter EcoBoost V6 Nano engine, capable of delivering up to 300 horsepower. Higher trim levels will offer the bigger, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 unit, with the ability of generating up to 365 horses. Both units will be teamed up with the 6-speed automatic gearbox, and there are rumors that Ford and GM are developing a new 9-speed automatic transmission, that will be used for the future generations.
2016 Lincoln MKS price and release date
As far as the pricing goes, the new Lincoln MKS 2016 will come with a price slightly higher than the current model’s, and that is $41,320. The new model is expected to appear in the showrooms at the end of this year, or the beginning of 2016. The Acura RLX, Cadillac XTS, Chrysler 300 and Hyundai Genesis will be main competitors to the upcoming 2016 Lincoln MKS.