For 2007, the Lincoln Town Car’s changes are cosmetic: high-intensity discharge headlamps are now standard on the Designer Series; there are three new exterior colours, including Dark Blue Pearl, Satellite Silver Metallic and White Chocolate Tri-Coat; and four new two-tone paint combinations of Dark Cherry or White Chocolate paired with Light French Silk, and Satellite Silver or Vibrant White paired with Silver Birch.
For a while it looked like the Town Car might be a victim of Ford’s drastic company-wide cost-cutting measures, since its Michigan plant is slated for closure. The car was saved with the news that when that happens, Town Car production will move to St. Thomas, Ontario, which also builds the Ford Crown Victoria and Grand Marquis.
The Town Car uses a 4.6-litre V8 with four-speed automatic, and rear-wheel drive configuration. Three trim series are available for retail customers: the Signature Limited, Signature Designer and Signature L with long wheelbase. There are also three trim levels available only for fleet sales as limousines or livery vehicles.
Features on the Signature Limited include four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, all-speed traction control, keyless entry keypad, heated mirrors with memory and auto-dimming on the driver’s side, power trunk lid, 17-inch aluminum wheels, 40/20/40 eight-way power heated seats with memory, six-CD stereo, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-adjustable pedals, power tilt wheel with wood inserts, side airbags and dual zone electronic climate control.
The Designer Series adds a chrome B-pillar and door handles, 17-inch chrome wheels, adjustable rear headrests, two-tone door trim panels and “Provence” leather seats.
The long-wheelbase Signature L adds a heavy-duty front stabilizer bar, and a rear-seat amenities package that includes illuminated cigar lighters, a folding rear seat armrest with storage and tissue bins and dual power points, redundant audio and climate controls, redundant front passenger seat fore and aft control, four-way head restraints and heated rear seats.
Big and comfortable, the Town Car may be a dinosaur, but what a dinosaur it is. It has better handling and brakes than its size would suggest, and still does well for itself in a world where many people want their luxury sedans to be small and nimble. With the demise of the Lincoln LS, the Town Car and the MKZ (the renamed Zephyr) are the brand’s only cars; all other Lincoln products are SUVs or a pickup truck. Sink into that buttery-soft leather and tell the chauffeur where you want to go.