2013 Lincoln MKS
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2013 Lincoln MKS

Los Angeles, California – Over the past decade or so, the Lincoln brand has been something of a puzzle to auto journalists and consumers alike. There was a lot of hoopla around the turn of the century with the LS line, then not so much; then, a revised look with the introduction of the MKS sedan and MKX crossover, then again, not so much.

It’s like the brand can’t quite find its footing, and part of that has to do with not being able to settle on styling.

The “waterfall” grille, introduced in 2010 on the MKT full-size crossover seems to have some legs, though. Not only that, the look is evolving into a distinctive and appealing design across the Lincoln line.

2013 Lincoln MKS
2013 Lincoln MKS
2013 Lincoln MKS. Click image to enlarge

The full-size 2013 Lincoln MKS sedan is a case in point. Introduced at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, every exterior surface from the A-pillar forward is new. The grille is not quite so dominant, but still has presence, and the HID headlamp treatment, new hood, fenders and front fascia complete the revised “face” of this car. At the rear, there is likewise a new fascia, LED tail lamps, exhaust time and a new decklid. New 19-inch and 20-inch wheels complete the styling changes.

The revisions (and improvements) continue inside, with the former “linear and horizontal” look replaced with sweeping and more organic forms. Apparently this is a look that will be seen throughout the Lincoln line-up. It looks more luxurious and more successfully distinguishes a Lincoln from a Ford.

Under the sheetmetal, the range of improvements and enhancements continue. The MKS features Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) as standard equipment, permitting drivers to select a “Comfort” or “Sport” setting, depending on preference. Handling and throttle response are also changed via the Lincoln Drive Control system.

Horsepower from the standard 3.7-litre V6 engine is up, from the 2012’s 274 hp to 300 for the 2013, and fuel economy is improved by nine per cent. The 3.5-litre “Ecoboost” V6 continues as an option, making 355 hp. All-wheel drive continues as a standard feature of the “Ecoboost” MKT, and optional with the 3.7-litre engine.

Complementing the additional power from the standard engine, the MKS braking system will be upgraded for 2013. New, larger, vented front discs measure 353 millimeters in diameter, and the rear discs, now also vented, increase to 345 mm.

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