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2013 Lincoln MKT Town Car To Get 2.0-Liter EcoBoost Engine - For Fleets Only


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?

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  1. Were Lincoln to discontinue the MKT completely, nobody would miss it.
     
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  2. @Brian, I'll just put you down as a "no," then...
     
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  3. IMO, I don't think that the EcoBoost four makes sense for fleet customers or public customers, unless the engine is a 2.0 Turbo Diesel four. 2.0L is almost the size of a Prius engine (1.8L).Looks issues apart, which I find totally not appealing to my senses, the curb weight is 4702 lbs! Add now passengers, luggage and/or cargo. With the numbers in mind I'm beginning to think whether the 20/28 mpg figures are real or not. They don't sound real even in lab conditions! Finally, at 50 grand, I can buy a Ford F-150 XL Super Crew, which has proven its might and value for all kind of customers, with a V6 that runs on flex-fuel delivering 17/23 mpg. Oh! and I will still have almost 20 grand left, which I can use them to make my truck the best
     
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  4. looking and sounding truck in town. Now my question to you is: If you had 50 grand and you wanted a Ford/Lincoln product badly, would you buy the Lincoln MKT?
     
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  5. @Adalberto, no - I'd buy a Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca. Which, admittedly, would make a poor choice as a limousine...

    I agree on the small diesel idea. Expect to see more diesel choices after 2014, when the US and the EU have common standards for diesel emissions.
     
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  6. Absolutely, the 2.0 should be to standard. Again Ford misses the boat by building this boat with the wrong engine for the general public. I've owned a Lincoln TC and would by this MKT if it had the 2.0. Seems as usual, they bean counters control marketing. Get it right and Lincoln will sell boat loads of these boats.
     
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  7. Jake, I've driven the similar Ford Explorer with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, and it doesn't produce the kind of power that most luxury buyers expect. I can understand why it's not the standard engine in the MKT but Lincoln has already done the engineering work for fleet customers, so why not make it optional?
     
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