A luxury four door sedan from the Ford Motor Company, the Lincoln LS was first produced in 1999 at the Wixom Assembly Plant in Wixom Michigan in the United States. Though produced in conjunction with the Lincoln Continental for several years the Lincoln LS was the successor the Lincoln Continental Legacy.
The Platform it was based on was shared with both the Jaguar and the Ford Thunderbird. It has the body style of a four door sedan. The first engines for the the LS included a 3.0 L V6 engine and a 3.9 L V8 engine. Oddly enough, designers of the Lincoln LS decided to make the LS available in both a manual transmission and an automatic. The LS would be the first Lincoln in a long time to come with a manual tranmission.
One of the reasons to bring the LS on board centered around Ford’s concern about drawing in younger buyers. Lincoln’s loyal customer base was aging and with some no longer driving, there was concern that Lincoln could lose a portion of its luxury market to overseas competitors such as Mercedes, BMW and Toyota’s Lexus. The Lincoln LS was intentional given a much more athletic look to appeal to the younger market. The body was compactic and with short front and rear overhangs to emphasize an athletic appearance, Ford felt that this muscular appearance may appeal to both the younger and the older buyer.
For the 2002 model year a new package was introduced. This would include the Lincoln LSE which was intended as a Limited Special Edition. Two engines would be featured in this pacakge. One of these would be a V6 engine and the other a V8 version.
Though the Lincoln LS was initially received quite well and sales were positive, it was felt that because Ford had failed to update the automobile sufficiently it was unable to stay competitive. Production of the Lincoln LS ended in 2006.