Lincoln will soon discontinue its Town Car, leaving fleet and limousine operators wondering which vehicle the luxury automaker will offer them for business purposes. Based on its capabilities, the Dearborn-based luxury automaker will use its MKT crossover in the Town Car’s place.
Lincoln’s decision to use the MKT was fairly simple, as its standard features cater to the needs of fleet operators and limo companies. When built for fleet duty, Lincoln repositions the reclining passenger seat towards the rear, giving occupants additional legroom, while the taller roofline allows for easier maneuvering once inside. Like many high-end luxury vehicles, rear passengers also have the availability to control the front passenger seat for improved legroom. Similar to standard MKTs, the new fleet and limousine vehicles offer the expected technology in today’s luxury vehicles.
Sync with navigation helps keep the driver connected and headed in the right direction, while passengers are also treated with the latest gadgetry. Rear-seat USB and 110-volt outlets come standard to keep gadgetry charged and ready to use with the available WiFi hotspot option. Vehicle audio controls are also within reach of rear-seat passengers.
Lincoln’s working MKTs can be ordered in either standard livery or on a stretched limo chassis, with up to an extra 10 feet in length. The limo comes standard with all-wheel drive, while the AWD can be ordered as an option on the standard vehicle. Unlike some shady aftermarket limo makers, Lincoln performs all the necessary upgrades to make its vehicle capable of withstanding such a transformation. In addition to a heavy-duty chassis, the supersized MKT also features an upgraded suspension and braking system, special wheels and tires capable of handling the added mass, and electrically assisted steering.
The new livery and limo MKTs are scheduled to go into production in early 2012, leaving a near six-month gap from the end of Town Car production which is to end in August next year. Will you miss seeing Town Cars as taxis and limos, or are you looking forward to the change?