LOS ANGELES -- Lincoln has loaded its flagship MKS sedan and MKT full-sized crossover with lots of new technology in a freshening for 2013. But the first thing customers will notice is the latest versions of the vehicles don't have the waterfall grille anymore.
Though the new grille retains the same vertical bars, it has lost the in-your-face look that turned off some customers.
"The effort behind the new look was to change the proportion of the MKT from the front view. We helped make it feel wider and a bit less tall, less vertical," Max Wolff, Lincoln design director, said in a press release.
"The execution of the new MKT's grille and the grille bars is a lot more refined and elegant. The new front graphic displays a lot of three dimensionality, but it's accomplished in a calmer, more restrained way."
Wolff used similar words to describe the look of the 2013 MKS. The refreshed versions of both vehicles make their debut here at the Los Angeles Auto Show today.