For the American car market, competing with European and Japanese makes is definitely tough, but it does not mean that the battle will not be fought. With the introduction of the Lincoln LS in 2000, the luxury sedan was immediately added to the list of favorite models of discerning Americans who loved roominess, good handling, and a sporty capability in cars. But the unit’s charm eventually faded due to competition pressure, and soon in 2006, it left to the market a demise of more than 250 thousand cars.
2000 – 2002: Features for the young buyers
Known as Lincoln’s first rear-wheel-drive sports car, the LS was crafted to capture the taste of young consumers who would otherwise opt for other sport luxury sedans from other makes. The unit was offered in two different engine capacities: one was an aluminum 3.0-liter V6, and the other an aluminum 3.9-liter V8. A five-speed automatic transmission was used for both models, but an optional five-speed automatic gearbox could be chosen for the V6 model. The unit was also safe to drive with its side airbags, anti-lock brakes, and telescopic steering wheel. Its good handling was provided by the independent double wishbone suspension. The major motif of the interior was leather, and on the front side, wood became a warm steering wheel accent. The standard features available were a cruise control, power heated mirrors, power door locks and windows, automatic headlights, automatic climate control, and a dual-frequency cassette radio.
2003 – 2006: Power, handling, and feature upgrades
For the second generation, Lincoln ensured that the units became more powerful, comfortable to ride, and aesthetically appealing. The V6 model yielded 210 horsepower, while the V8 produced 252 horsepower, making a considerable improvement in power output of 12 and 28 points, respectively. The manual transmission for the V6 engine was no longer available; a five-speed automatic became standard in both versions. The same safety driving features were used, but there were some newcomers in the features list: xenon high-intensity headlights, power-adjustable pedals, heated rear seats, cooled front seats, single-touch power front windows, an electronic parking brake, and a touch screen navigation system. The unit also became quieter with the added insulation, and with the restyling of the front fascia, grille, taillights, and rear decklid, the LS came out greatly revamped from the outside. From the inside, more wood paneling was added. The previous problem with the stiff suspension was resolved, thus resulting to a softer ride.