Posted Aug 1st 2012 6:30PM
Livery operators can thank Ford for shaving a few extra bucks from their fuel budgets, courtesy of a new four-cylinder engine option for the Lincoln MKT Town Car. Lincoln is offering its professional version of the MKT, the replacement for the venerable Town Car, with a 2.0-litre EcoBoost in front-drive configuration for 2013, though the powertrain won't be available to the general public.
The four-cylinder in the MKT Town Car makes 235 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque and garners an EPA rating of 11.7L/100km (20 mpg) city, 8.4L/100km (28 mpg) on the highway, and 10.2L/100km (23 mpg) combined. That's considerably better than the rating of the other option, a 3.7-litre V6 making 300 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. The bigger engine's inferior fuel economy isn't just a matter of its larger displacement, however, as it is only offered in all-wheel-drive guise.
We imagine livery operators in warm weather areas would just as soon do without the added weight and mechanical complexity, especially if it means getting an extra few kilometres out of every litre of gas. They'll be saving some dollars up front, as well, with the base price of the 2.0-litre EcoBoost MKT Town Car expected to cost a few thousand dollars less than the V6 model.