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Lincoln unveils 2013 MKS and MKT (photos)

The MKS sedan and MKT crossover get a new look at the 2012 LA Auto Show.

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Lincoln pulled back the cover on its updated 2013 Lincoln MKS at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.
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Power plant options for the MKS remain the same, but output and efficiency have been boosted. A basic 300-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 powers either a front- or all-wheel-drive system. Optionally, owners can specify a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 (AWD only) that outputs 355 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is estimated at 19 city and 28 highway mpg for the 3.7-liter FWD model and 17 city and 25 highway mpg for the AWD EcoBoost model.
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According to Lincoln, everything from the A-pillar forward is new on the MKS, including the new, bolder grille--which I've dubbed an "inverted, windswept 'stache."
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Hood strakes are generally frowned upon in a post-Chrysler Sebring world, but somehow the MKS' resculpted hood does not offend.
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The 2013 MKS EcoBoost will feature a standard Lincoln Drive Control system that rolls settings for the adaptive suspension, power steering, throttle response, gearbox, and traction control into three selectable modes: Normal, Sport, and Comfort.
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The 2013 models are available with Lincoln's new Lane Keeping System, which monitors the lane markings on the road and responds with three levels of intervention. The first level is a warning chime, the next is applying torque to the electric power-steering system to prevent crossing the lane lines, and if the driver continues to drift repeatedly, the system will sound another chime and suggest that you take a break.
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Features available on previous-generation MKS models make return appearances on the 2013 model, including torque-vectoring control and sonar-guided automatic parking.
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Inside the MKS features a new version of MyLincoln Touch powered by Sync.
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Lincoln has also upgraded the size of the front and rear brakes to improve stopping power.
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Meanwhile, the three-row, seven-seat MKT crossover has also been updated for 2013 with many of the same features present on the MKS.
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The MKT, for example, features similar drivetrain options. The base model has the same front-wheel-drive 3.7-liter V-6 setup and all-wheel-drive 3.5-liter EcoBoost configuration. Power output matches the MKS, as well.
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Additionally, Lincoln's Drive Control system is also available with the same three settings.
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The MKT's mustache is significantly larger and more majestic than the MKS', but it is a significantly larger vehicle. This new look is sure to polarize prospective Lincoln buyers.
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Fuel economy for the larger MKT is estimated at either 17 city/25 highway mpg for the 3.7-liter or 16 city/22 highway mpg for the EcoBoost.
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The MKT is still available with the THX premium audio system that impressed us when we last listened to it.

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