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Luxury combines smooth ride, handling.

LINCOLN MKT SUVs from the 2013 model year are equipped with the limousine or hearse preparation package, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Their new chassis technology has enabled making a full-size crossover ride smooth.

"The 2013 MKT with Continuously Controlled Damping delivers a surprisingly vibrant blend of ride and handling. It's more than you'd expect from a full-size, three-row luxury crossover," said Scott Tobin, director, Lincoln Product Development.

Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) is fitted to the new Lincoln MKT when the crossover is equipped with the optional 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. The adjustable suspension enables a more confident driving experience that defines the Lincoln DNA balance of ride comfort and handling. Regardless of road conditions, drivers will enjoy a markedly smoother, more controlled ride because CCD is always tuning and refining the ride quality.

The fully integrated system delivers its on-road benefit by significantly expanding the chassis' capabilities compared to a chassis with nonadjustable struts and shock absorbers, known as dampers by chassis engineers.

The standard engine for 2013 is a more powerful and efficient 3.7-liter V6 that includes twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT). The ability to vary camshaft timing to optimize the opening and closing of intake and exhaust valves increases the engine's power and efficiency.

Horsepower for 2013 increases to 303 from 268, a 10 percent increase achieved with projected fuel economy ratings that improve to 17 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, a 1 mpg highway improvement.

The MKT now offers more standard horsepower than the Audi Q7, Acura MDX and Mercedes-Benz R-350. Nine out of 10 MKT retail customers opt for twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, an engine that provides V8 performance with the fuel economy of a V6. In terms of horsepower from optional engines, the MKT fitted with EcoBoost has no direct competition.

"Especially with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost, the MKT delivers a 'wow' driving experience in a quiet, comfortable and distinctive crossover," said Elaine Bannon, MKT chief engineer.

The 3.5-liter gasoline turbo direct-injected (GTDI) engine produces 365 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and an expansive torque curve that plateaus at 350 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,500 to 5,250 rpm. Fuel economy is projected to be 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway. The EcoBoost V6 earned a slot on Ward's 2010 "10 Best Engines" honoree list the year it was introduced.

"The new system coordinates the performance of multiple adjustable systems -- suspension, steering, engine and transmission -- so that it's easy to use and enjoy," Tobin said.

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Date:Jul 26, 2012
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