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Lincoln replacing Town Car with MKT livery, limo variants

The cancellation of the Lincoln Town Car leaves a huge void in the fleet vehicle market that Ford-Lincoln plans to fill with a pair of Lincoln MKT livery variants.

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<p><b>2010 Lincoln MKT</b></p> <p><b>Editors' rating: 3.5 out of 5</b></p> <p><b>The good:</b> MP3 player and cell phone integration through Sync, and traffic and gas price information through Sirius Travel Link are features in the 2010 Lincoln MKT unrivaled by other automakers. Adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, blind spot detection, and automatic parking add to the MKT's luxury quotient.</p> <p><b>The bad:</b> We couldn't get anywhere close to the EPA highway mileage figure of 22 mpg. The navigation system's maps look a little rough.</p> <p><b>The bottom line:</b> With three rows of seating, the 2010 Lincoln MKT is a big, powerful cruiser capable of carrying many people in high-tech comfort.</p> <p><a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/wagon/2010-lincoln-mkt/4505-10866_7-33894701.html">Read CNET's full review</a><br/> <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/wagon/2010-lincoln-mkt/4014-10866_7-33894701.html">Price range: $49,200.00</a></p>
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Imagine, for a moment, the already awkward Lincoln MKT with an additional 10 feet of length.
Imagine, for a moment, the already awkward Lincoln MKT with an additional 10 feet of length. CNET

The Lincoln Town Car--the gold standard of the livery and limo market--will soon be discontinued. This cancellation leaves a huge void in the fleet vehicle market that Ford-Lincoln plans to fill with a pair of Lincoln MKT variants.

The standard MKT livery variant will have its third-row seating removed and second row moved backward to increase leg room and overall comfort of passengers being shuttled about. This move will also increase rear storage space, resulting in even more cargo room than the outgoing Town Car. The livery model will be available in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations and will feature all of the Sync-based cabin technology and safety tech, such as Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) and rearview camera, that we liked when we reviewed the consumer-market MKT. Features unique to the livery model will include a USB charging port, a 110-volt plug, and audio controls--all within reach from the enlarged second row--as well as puddle lamps on the rear doors. There will also be Wi-Fi hot spot capability available.

In addition to the standard livery variant, Lincoln is also developing an MKT limousine based on a heavy-duty chassis that is able to to be stretched up to 120 inches--go ahead and imagine the already awkward-looking MKT, but 10 feet longer. The MKT limo will feature standard all-wheel drive and upgraded suspension, wheel bearings, wheels and tires, and brake system.

Lincoln's new MKT-based livery vehicles will start production in early 2012.