DETROIT – Ford Motor Co. is attempting to create a lot of excitement about the passenger-car market, altering its production mix for this year's first quarter and promising small is the new big, in so many words.

So it follows that Lincoln's newest sedan entry, the MKS concept unveiled here today at the North American International Auto Show, is a fullsize luxury car that does not look big. (See related story: Lincoln MKS Hints at Future Sedan Styling)

But it does look foreign, perhaps taking a page from the BMW 7-Series, with a dash of Acura.

With a powerful 4.4L DOHC 315 hp V-8 mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the MKS packs in several of the high-tech features of Lincoln's new luxury MKX CUV. (See related story: Lincoln MKX CUV Replaces Aviator)

That includes the same Vista Roof, adaptive front lighting and DVD navigation system. The car is deceptively long – 203.8 inches (517.6 cm), longer than the CUV.

Lincoln MKS sedan

The MKS sedan features 20-in. wheels that use a “5-5” spoke setup, with each set having a different type of polish to create the illusion of wheel movement. (See related story: Ford Rolls Out Wheel Deal for Auto Show Concept)

The MKS also features a passive entry system that automatically identifies the driver via a key fob as the driver approaches the car, a push-start ignition and a 500-watt DVD surround sound audio system.

The technology package includes the ability to route phone calls through the vehicle's sound system using Ford's Blue Tooth wireless capability.

stmiller@primediabusiness.com