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.