By on August 29, 2008

Watch out for Capt AhabLincoln's version of the Flex, AKA MKT, has been green-lighted for production. The all-in-one utility-sports-comfort-performance-style (at least that's how the officials are selling it so far) vehicle has already been spotted in tests and is expected on sale as a 2010 model (of course). As far as we can see from the spyshots, the production MKT will have similar proportions to the concept car. In detail though, the changes are significant. Most of the cool showcar elements are gone: the huge wheels, the high-tech lights, the tiny mirrors, the small air intakes in the front spoiler (those couldn't possibly feed a full-size radiator). Gone is also the crease on the front door, but don't get upset, you now have real door handles, screen wipers, and decent-sized windows. But– is it just me or does this car seem a little late?

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  • avatar
    ppellico

    I don’t understand…the car isn’t getting any good reviews and the public has stayed away!
    Why follow that with this?

  • avatar
    cleek

    If Lincoln has the good sense to offer power folding mirrors then it would also fit though the door of a one car garage. The Flex team some how overlooked this requirement. I’m pretty sure the target market hipsters haven’t all turned their garages into music studios.

  • avatar
    Steve-O

    I saw the concept car in the flesh and thought it was fantastic (for a CUV).

    The problem is that the entire CUV segment is mind-numbingly saturated, so I think it’s a good move to take the risk on a polarizing design. Ford gets the boxy one, Lincoln gets the curvy one, and the automotive-saavy public debates on…

  • avatar
    RobertSD

    @ ppellico
    I’ve yet to see a bad Flex review. In fact every review of the car has been really good. I’ve seen a few that question the timing, but the vehicle itself is not in question. The folks at Edmund’s who dislike just about everything Ford has done in the last 5 years have actually spoken fondly of the vehicle and added it to their long-term fleet for testing.

    As for the public staying away, the Flex is still ramping up. We’ll revisit that question in a few months.

  • avatar
    ppellico

    RobertSD :
    I didn’t mean the Flex.
    Yes, all reviews have been terrific…other than the controversial styling.
    I am amazed at my wife’s constant blurt: Its Ugly!
    I was referring to the Lincoln’s reviews.
    This is the MKS, right?

  • avatar
    MattVA

    Really, Lincoln?

    This looks pretty hideous in the pictures, and this is from someone who owns a Lincoln.

    Would it really have cost that much more to figure out a way to add IRS and lengthen the Mustang platform to deliver the MKR instead of trying to re-engineer the Flex into this?

  • avatar
    npbheights

    IMHO the the 1960’s and especially the 1970’s were Lincoln’s finest hour. It is a shame that Ford is just tacking on names and styling cues from this era haphazardly on such ugly cars. The ’61 Continental grille on the Edge makes it a Lincoln? They put the sacred rear door Continental “kick up” on this tall wagon thing? They sully the legacy of the storied Mark Series by putting it’s name on a F-150? What could be farther in your mind from a the long, low, sleek, two door 77-79 Lincoln Mark V personal luxury car than a tall 4 door pickup? Here is a bit of history… Ford sold considerably more Mark V’s, available for only 3 years then they sold Mark VII’s which were available for 8 years, from 1984-1992. It is really sad what they have done to this once proud automobile make in the past 30 years.

  • avatar
    Dr. D

    A little late-oh you are too kind. Poor Lincoln, is not only late to the party, but her wardrobe is uh…uh…cut on the cheap by seamstress Ford, who on the cheap just sews on bangles, whistles, and cuties of sorts to dress up all her offerings which are from the same pattern.
    Lincoln is dressed down and with every place to go.

  • avatar
    oldowl

    A Turnpike Cruiser by a designer on LSD?

  • avatar

    Since the main criticism people have leveled at the Flex is that it’s too expensive for family duty, introducing an even more expensive version (particularly one as egregiously hideous as this) seems like the answer to a question no one was asking.

  • avatar
    billc83

    Does Lincoln really need THREE SUV’s (Navigator, MKX, MKT)? This puts their Car:SUV ratio at 1:1 (Town Car, MKZ, MKS – unless there is something I’m forgetting). At a time when SUVs are coming out of vogue.

    Hard to believe that Lincoln used to be a leader in the luxury game. The ’61 – ’69 Continental is still one of the most handsome automobiles ever produced.

    On the plus side, I don’t think it looks hideous. Though it’s certainly not gorgeous.

  • avatar
    NulloModo

    I am excited about this, the concept photos look incredible, the spy shots I have seen are too camouflaged to tell anything.

    The Navigator may not have long left to live, and something with as much interior space with better fuel economy (the MKT) could sell well.

    The Flex isn’t too expensive for family duty, the base Flex (which has standard ABS, front, side and head curtain airbags, power doors, locks, and mirrors, CD stereo, A/C, high quality cloth fabric, alloy wheels, etc, etc) is only $28K. Yes, it can get optioned up to the mid 40s, but no one is forcing anyone to take a fully optioned one.

    Just as the MKX is basically an Edge with a higher price tag and a few extra lux features, this will sell well. We sell a good number of MKXs that people buy simply because they are a Lincoln.

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