(autoinsidernews) - Ford Motor will develop an new V6 engine exclusively for Lincoln. The new 3.7L V6 is scheduled to appear in the 2009 Lincoln MKS sedan and could be offered in the MKX crossover. The MKX was recently launched with Ford's new 265-hp 3.5L V6, which is used in the Ford Edge and will be used in other Ford and Mercury models.
The 3.7L V6 will differentiate Lincoln from Ford and Mercury models in terms of torque and horsepower, said Cisco Codina, Ford Motor's group vice president of North American marketing, sales and service, reports Trend.
Lincoln had originally planned to offer the MKS with a Yamaha-engineered 4.4L V-8, which is also used in Volvo's XC90 crossover and will be used in Volvo's all-new S80 sedan. While the media and enthusiasts have criticized Ford's decision to drop plans for an MKS V8, Codina said it is more important for the automaker to offer a credible V6.
The consumer is just looking for a good powertrain with good fuel economy that is responsive. How the vehicle drives and behaves is more important sometimes than the number of cylinders, he said.