Lincoln’s Town Car sedan, long the favorite choice of car services and limo companies across the United States, has been put to pasture. Filling its shoes is the
2013 Lincoln MKT Town Car
, a crossover-ish pseudo-wagon that comes in either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive variants.
Consumers can buy the MKT
with either a 3.7-liter V-6, rated at 268 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, or with the optional 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, which produces 355 horsepower and 350 pound feet of torque.
With the base engine in front-wheel drive, the EPA says to expect 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway, while the optional EcoBoost engine in an all-wheel-drive configuration delivers slightly less, returning 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway.
Now, Motor Trend
reports that fleet buyers will have a third engine option, as Lincoln will build the MKT
with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four. While the model’s focus will be on fuel economy, the engine still produces a respectable 235 horsepower and around 270 pound feet of torque.
Better yet, the front-wheel-drive MKT with the smaller EcoBoost engine returns an estimated 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway in front-wheel-drive form, which should prove to be a big selling point to car service customers.
Don’t expect the small engine to come at a bargain price, however, likely due to its low production volume in the MKT. Fleet customers can buy a 3.7-liter V-6 AWD MKT for $50,945, while the front-drive version with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost will price at $49,845.
We think the EcoBoost four MKT makes sense for fleet customers, but probably wouldn't sell to the general public. What’s your take? Should Lincoln build the MKT with the EcoBoost four for public consumption, too?