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2009 Lincoln MKS launched at LA Show

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This is the 2009 Lincoln MKS, Ford’s attempt at rejuvenating the dying Lincoln brand, unveiled at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show currently running this November. It is a full-size luxury car based on the Ford Five Hundred platform, which itself is a derivation of the Volvo S80 platform. In other words, it is a front-wheel-drive barge competing in a world of rear-driven powerhouses.

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Speaking of power, the engine is a 270 hp 3.7-litre V6 with 359 Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic. There is also optional all-wheel-drive available, though we doubt it can match Honda’s “Super-Handling AWD” system.

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Other features include adaptive HID headlights, adaptive cruise control, 18-inch alloy wheels, reverse camera, surround-sound audio system, navigation and keyless entry keypad.

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With an American-market price starting at US$38,000 (Dhs 140,000), it is expensive for what it is, and we don’t see it saving Lincoln’s future.

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