Lincoln to Potentially Rename MKS for 2017 Model Year

By | April 24, 2014
China has become the world's largest auto market, and to get in on the action, Lincoln will be launching in the country later this year with the MKZ sedan and MKC crossover. The Navigator SUV and MKX crossover will follow in 2015. So why isn't Lincoln bringing the MKS to China? Aside from the fact that the interior is rather compact, the automaker has plans for a "new large sedan" that will debut in both the U.S. and China in 2016 for the 2017 model year, reports Automobile magazine. Because there has been no definite name given to the model, it suggests that Lincoln may be opting for a rebranding of the sedan. As of right now, there's no word on whether a name change will take place, but there's speculation that it may change from MKS to MKL, or the automaker may even bring back the Cosmopolitan or Premier badges for the new model.
Even with its name up in the air, there have been some major hints pointing at a new version of the CD4 platform that will make its way onto the new model. This setup will offer rear-wheel drive dash-to-axle proportions, meaning it will feature a longitudinal engine instead of the current transverse-mounted engine. If Lincoln were to go with this engine layout, it's possible that the new Ford Taurus, which the MKS is based on, will also get it. However, to really differentiate between the two models, we think this should be exclusive to the new MKS model. Source: Automobile Magazine