2009 Lincoln MKS flagship debuts in L.A.

2009 Lincoln MKS flagship debuts in L.A.

The all-new 2009 Lincoln MKS full-size luxury sedan has officially been revealed just hours ahead of its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It misses out on the ‘TwinForce’ V6 we’ve all been waiting for but it still comes with a host of new features. They include the SYNC communications system, a 5.1 surround system with SIRIUS satellite radio, adaptive xenon lights, keyless start and a security keypad mounted on the car’s B-pillar.

The unique security feature uses heat-sensing technology to bring alive a keypad of LED backlit numerals embedded in the driver side B-pillar. The driver enters a five-digit code to unlock the vehicle and once seated can fire up the engine by simply pressing a button.

The powertrain has been derived from the proven 3.5L V6 engine found in the Lincoln MKX but with displacement bumped up to 3.7L and peak output topping at 270hp and 360Nm (265lb-ft) of torque. Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed auto with pseudo manual mode. Customers can also opt for an AWD version as well.

In one year Ford will launch the TwinForce V6, a new turbocharged and direct injection version of the 3.7L mill. Ford claims the new engine will make the Lincoln MKS the most powerful and fuel-efficient AWD luxury sedan in the market.

An all-new independent rear suspension design with vertically mounted shocks and the MacPherson strut and rear-facing L-shaped lower control arm front suspension should deliver respectable handling.

The Lincoln MKS is the first vehicle designed with the brand’s new DNA and includes a double-wing grille, jewel-like headlamps and high waistline. Inside, there’s class-leading space, heated rear seats, an overhead skylight and a sun shade all included as standard.

The MKS comes with 18in cast-aluminum alloys or an optional 20in set, and will be priced from $38,000 when it arrives in showrooms in mid next year. With bold styling and cutting edge technology, it’s clear Ford is serious about reviving the Lincoln name. Now we just have to drive it to see how it compares to its American and European rivals.