• The MKS adds Lincoln's larger corporate grille for the new model year.
  • Lincoln also adds a host of new technology including adjustable suspension and an updated MyLincoln Touch infotainment system.
  • Base horsepower is increased to 300, while base pricing is expected to start around $42,000.


 


The 2013 Lincoln MKS will carry new features, an updated interior, and Lincoln's new corporate grille when it debuts early next year. That's the latest from Lincoln, who recently revealed the updated luxury sedan at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show.

Car shoppers considering the MKS will immediately notice an update to the 2013 model's front end styling. That's Lincoln's new corporate grille, which features two wide bands of chrome vertical slats and was also shown on the bulky MKT crossover at this year's LA show. Other exterior updates include a new lower front grille, crisp new rear lines and revised wheel designs for both the standard 19-inch alloys and the optional 20s.

Inside, the MKS also offers several stylistic tweaks, including a new steering wheel, an updated MyLincoln Touch infotainment system that includes two LCD screens flanking the speedometer and revised controls for the sedan's climate and audio systems. The automaker also says it added subtle ambient lighting to give the cabin with a more luxurious, high-tech environment.

Speaking of high-tech, the MKS also adds a host of advanced new features for the new model year. The most impressive is the automaker's standard Continuously Controlled Damping system, which monitors and adjusts the suspension up to 500 times per second to find the optimal balance of handling and comfort. Other new technologies include Lincoln Drive Control, which provides driver selectable suspension settings and Ford's new Lane Keeping System and Lane Keeping Aid, which alerts drivers if they detect the vehicle drifting out of a lane and can even apply a small amount of torque to the affected wheel in order to keep moving forward in a straight line.

Under the hood, the MKS's base-level 3.7-liter V6 receives a power boost, going from 274 horsepower to an even 300. But despite the added horsepower, Lincoln says it projects the 2013 MKS to actually return slightly better gas mileage than its predecessor. The sedan also retains its available EcoBoost V6, which puts out a muscular 355 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.

Although Lincoln has not announced pricing for the 2013 MKS, we expect it to start around $42,000 when it goes on sale in the spring.

What it means to you: With its new tweaks, the MKS remains a competitive upscale sedan - but it's not as sporty as European rivals.

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Jeffrey Archer is fortunate to have turned a passion for cars into a career. His wide-ranging automotive experience includes work for automakers and dealers in addition to covering the news. When not writing, he spends his time searching for unique cars on AutoTrader.com.

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