Well, that didn't take long. Just a few days after Ford officials confirmed production of the 2010 Lincoln MKT crossover, our spies captured several clear images of a development vehicle. Judging by the interior shot, this crossover looks to be very close to production-ready.
The Lincoln MKT is based on a Ford Flex platform, so it's no surprise the Lincoln will share the 270-hp, 3.7-liter normally aspirated V-6 engine found in the MKS on base models and have an optional 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that utilizes direct injection and turbocharging to produce an estimated 340 hp and 340 lb-ft of torque. Expect a familiar six-speed automatic transmission behind either V-6. Front-wheel drive will be standard and all-wheel drive will be available.
You won't, however, have to worry about mistaking the Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT.
Although a concept MKT debuted at the 2008 North American International Auto Show to mixed reviews, much of the concept's styling seems to carry over to production. Expect the MKT to keep the concept's face, distinctive C-pillar, and strong beltline. The majority of these features are under wraps, but it's easy to see Lincoln's new corporate grille through the front camo and the sloping roof of the MKT concept.
Expect to see a production 2010 Lincoln MKT at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in January. According to our spies, production could begin as early as the summer of 2009. Check back at Automobile Magazine online for more details on the Lincoln MKT and other future vehicles.