Lincoln MKR Debut at NAIAS

The Lincoln MKR, a premium four-door coupe, expresses Lincoln’s future design strategy to reinvigorate the brand, Ford said.

The Lincoln MKR is powered by a new TwinForce engine, marking the birth of a new engine family for Ford. The concept’s 3.5-liter V6 gasoline twin-turbo direct injection engine delivers 415 horsepower and 400 lbs.-ft. of torque — comparable to and better than some V-8 engines. It also runs on E-85 ethanol in the Lincoln MKR concept.

The MKR is designed to deliver “guilt-free” luxury, Ford said. Materials, including chrome-free leather and renewable resources such as a reengineered oak instrument panel, mohair carpet and soy seat foam, provide the Lincoln MKR concept a premium look and feel that’s also environmentally friendly.

Ford said some of the design elements on the MKR are likely to appear on future production Lincolns, including the concept’s most dramatic feature: the double-wing grille inspired by the 1941 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet. The split grille is designed to resemble the bow of a boat cutting through the water.

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