Future Cars

2008 Lincoln MKS

Pronounced “Mark S,” it’s a potential flagship for Ford’s stuck-in-the-doldrums prestige brand. It isn’t yet officially headed for the assembly line, but a production MKS likely will be built on Volvo’s versatile P2 architecture, some form of which underpins the Volvo XC90 and S80, the Ford Five Hundred, and the Mercury Montego. Expect powertrain options to include a 315-hp V-8, a six-speed automatic, and all-wheel drive. If Lincoln really wants a design hit, though, they should learn from Cadillac. Take some risks, don’t copy the Japanese.