Just a few days ago, Ford announced the Lincoln MKT had been green-lighted for production, and now, we have the best look yet at a running prototype on the streets of Michigan.

Just a few days ago, Ford announced the Lincoln MKT had been green-lighted for production, and now, we have the best look yet at a running prototype on the streets of Michigan. Mark Fields described the MKT concept as “…full-size premium utility offers the comfort of a luxury sedan, the spaciousness and flexibility of a full-size utility and the performance of a sporty roadster…,” and we think – by the looks of this prototype – that Ford is staying rather close to the concept for this production luxury utility vehicle.

An MKS-inspired grill is clearly visible up front along with a pair of xenon headlights. Inside we can see a black and tan interior with wood accents on the dash and aluminium accents on the doors. We also see a power telescoping steering wheel. While a large Nav screen is in place, most of the center stack trim pieces don't seem to be in place on this prototype just yet.

Codenamed D472, power for the new MKT is expected to come from a 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine with 340hp, as well as a standard 270-horsepower V6. Production on the 2010 Lincoln MKT is expected to start next summer in Ontario's Oakville plant.

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