Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
The large Lincoln MKS intended to grab a part of the premium full-size sedans in the U.S. when it was launched in 2009. But it still needed an upgrade in 2013.
For the 2014 model, the MKS received numerous updates both outside and, most importantly, inside the vehicle. To begin with the exterior look, it is noticeable a big change for the front fascia. Lincoln has adopted a double-wing design for the radiator grille and the headlights. These are forming an angular V-shaped style that looked great for the era. The high beltline, ascending toward the trunk, was not so obvious to offer a sporty look. It was just right. The taillights design though didn’t seem to have any connection with the front design.
Inside, the dashboard featured the MyLincoln Touch system that was based on Ford’s SYNC2 infotainment unit. It couldn’t connect to Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, but it had a dedicated app that could read text messages and had voice commands. The instrument cluster featured two TFT displays, placed left and right of the speedometer.
For the technical details, the 2013 Lincoln MKS offered a revised 3.7-liter engine that boosts the total power output to 300 hp, which made the largest sedan produced in the U.S., at the time of launch, get a better 0-60 mph (0-97 kph) time. Another improved feature for the chassis was the continuously adaptive dampers, that made the car more planted on the road, but also more comfortable.
The Lincoln’s flagship sedan, the MKS was designed to attract the younger generation with lots of technology improvements and a more attractive exterior design.
The appealing sedan was a Ford Taurus underneath and the exterior design was inspired by the 1941 Lincoln Continental, with its attractive and prominent chrome grille.
The MKS came with an unexpected front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive system was also available at extra cost.
At the back, the MKS had vertical led taillights and metallic accents. 18-inch alloy wheels were standard, and 19-inch and 20-inch were optional.
The MKS was driven by a 3.7-liter V6 engine developing 275 hp, a powerplant mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission. A manual gearbox was not available for the model.
The elegance of the exterior matched the styled interior, with leather trim seats and real wood accents. Part of the luxury offered were the rear seats, where passengers could enjoy long trips due to the enormous legroom and headroom.
The roomy sedan could be equipped with a voice activated system for the navigation, a twin panel sunroof, a rear view camera, a premium audio system, rear sensing wipers and adaptive headlights.
Standard, the MKS came with stability and traction control, ABS with brake assist, rear parking sensors and 6 airbags.