The new 2017 Lincoln MKT is a full-size SUV from the model year 2010, built and sold by Lincoln Motor Company. 2017 Lincoln MKT is introduced as 2nd crossover Lincoln in the lineup, fitted above the mid-size Lincoln MKX Crossover and among the larger Ford Expedition-based Lincoln Navigator SUV. Sharing a common platform with the Ford Flex, the MKT is not a direct predecessor. Instead, the 2017 Lincoln MKT and 2017 Lincoln MKX smaller moved both as substitutes of the Lincoln Aviator, such as the distribution in the luxury crossover market.
The Lincoln MKT 2017 model unveiled as a concept car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. Largely a preview of the forthcoming production vehicle, it is characterized by a full-length glass roof and 2+2 seating layout. The MKT concept vehicle released the 415 kW 3.5 L Cyclone 35 V-6 version of Ford’s new EcoBoost engine family, which use turbo and direct injection technology to provide the power of larger displacement engines with fuel consumption of smaller engines.
The 2017 MKT shares the same design Volvo D4 as the Ford Flex and the fifth generation Ford Explorer. However, the MKT has a very different design and use completely different body panels, the design cues from the Lincoln MKR concept vehicle and the Lincoln MKS full-size luxury sedan, the latter of which is built on a smaller version of platform MKT’s. The MKT offers a choice between two three-row seating arrangements: either a seven-passenger seating with two people in front, three in the middle and two in the back; or a six-passenger variant, where there is a center in place of a middle seat in the second row.
The production version 2017 MKT comes standard with the normally aspirated, direct injection 268 hp (200 kW) 3.7 L Cyclone 37 V-6 used in the Lincoln MKS sedan. The twin-turbo 3.5 L Cyclone EcoBoost engine rated at 355 kW (265 hp), which is also available on the MKS is available. Both engines are coupled to a 6-speed 6F automatic transmission. The 2017 MKT features electric power steering on more traditional hydraulic power steering. The electric steering system is combined with ultrasonic sensors to a hands-off “Active Park Assist” system that sends the vehicle into parallel parking slots form.
The fuel consumption of the 2017 Lincoln MKT is reinforced by many advanced weight-saving developments. The liftgate of the MKT is made of an inner panel of cast magnesium and an outer panel of stamped aluminum. The Lincoln MKT 2017 model also uses magnesium in the radiator support, rear seat back and cushion frame.
Called competitors in the full-size luxury crossover niche include the 2017 Acura MDX, 2017 Audi Q7, 2017 Infiniti QX60 and Mercedes-Benz R-class. All-wheel, 355-horsepower EcoBoost V-6 powered top of the line model 2017 Lincoln MKT has better acceleration and fuel economy than the V-8 powered Audi Q7 4.2 FSI Quattro.
2017 Lincoln MKT Specification
Type: Luxury vehicle
Rating: 2/5 · Car and Driver
MSRP: From $43,530
MPG: Up to 16 city / 24 highway
Horsepower: 303 to 365 hp
Towing capacity: 2,000 lbs
Engine: 3.5 L V6, 3.7 L V6
2017 Lincoln MKT Configuration & Price
2017 Lincoln MKT Base $43,530
2017 Lincoln MKT Elite $49,025